2019 Chevrolet Sonic Introduction

The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact sedan and hatchback made their debut as 2012 models, and remain urban-friendly and sensible choices in the small-car market.

Chevrolet no longer offers the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder as the base engine for Sonics. Little has changed otherwise for the 2019 model year, apart from one new color, dubbed “Shock.”

Four-door sedans come in three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. Only LT and Premier trims are offered for the five-door hatchback body style.

All Sonics now sport a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, rated at 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission may be installed. The turbo-4 engine has more perky acceleration than the now-departed, non-turbo 1.8-liter engine, with no significant penalty in fuel economy. An automatic transmission adds as much at $1,400 to the cost of a Sonic, depending on trim level.

An RS group, standard on hatchbacks and optional for sedans, includes a sport body kit and flat-bottom steering wheel, with the option of blacked-out 17-inch wheels.

Safety is a vital concern among typical subcompact buyers, and the Sonic compares well with others in its class. Automatic emergency braking isn’t available, however.

Crash-test results have been admirable. The Sonic has earned a five-star rating overall, and also for frontal- and side-impact, from the NHTSA. Only rollover prevention (a calculated figure) was rated four-star. The Sonic also earned “Good” ratings in every crash test performed by the IIHS.

Forward-collision warnings, lane-departure warnings, and rear parking sensors are optional for LT and Premier models, in a Driver Confidence Package.

1Dealer Discount applied to everyone.

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