2014 Chevrolet Sonic

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2014 Chevrolet Sonic
2014 Chevrolet Sonic

New For 2014

A rearview camera is now standard on the 2014 Chevroletn Sonic LTZ and RS models, but the most interesting safety-related gadgets are available as part of a new Safety Package. Offered on LT, LTZ, and RS trims, the package includes both lane-departure-warning and forward-collision-alert systems, both features not commonly found in this market segment.

Vehicle Summary

Chevrolet was absent from the B-segment game for a while but elected to re-enter the segment in 2004 with the Aveo. The Aveo, built in Korea by Daewoo, was inexpensive and fuel efficient but was constantly criticized for awkward styling, a cheap interior, and subpar build quality. Its successor, the Sonic, launched in North America in 2011 and quiets virtually all of those complaints. Body styles include a four-door sedan and a four-door hatchback; the latter is available in a sporty RS trim. Power comes from either a 1.8-liter four-cylinder or a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder; both engines deliver 138 hp, but the turbo 1.4-liter offers more torque and improved fuel-economy ratings. A six-speed manual is standard on all trim levels while a six-speed automatic is a $1250 option.

Overview

If the Cruze was the first indication that Chevrolet could finally shift away from building subpar small cars, the Sonic was confirmation. The small four-door sedan and four-door hatchback aren't necessarily likely to quicken the pulse or excite enthusiasts, but they are worlds apart from the Korean-built Aveos they replace.

You'll notice that disparity the moment you slide behind the wheel of a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic. The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is some eight inches shorter than the C-segment Chevy Cruze, but its interior space hardly suffers. Legroom is down a half inch in front and only eight-tenths of an inch in the rear seat.

Although the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic suffers from light, overboosted power steering, its chassis is taut, well balanced, and extremely compliant over broken roads. The base suspension setting is a little soft in corners, but the sport-tuned setup unique to the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic RS is firmer. Much as we'd like to see Chevy field a frenzied hot hatchback to counter the Ford Fiesta ST and the Fiat 500 Abarth, the Sonic RS makes use of the same 138-hp turbocharged four-cylinder available elsewhere in the Sonic lineup.

You'll like:

  • Adult-friendly back seats
  • Premium options
  • RS is a decent sport compact

You won't like:

  • Chubbier than its rivals
  • Imprecise six-speed manual transmission
  • Overboosted steering

Key Competitors

  • Ford Fiesta
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Kia Rio
  • Nissan Versa
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General Motors has been involved in the creation of Michael Bay’s Transformers movie franchise since it began in 2007, and the “Bumblebee” Chevrolet Camaro hero car has featured prominently in each iteration. In advance of Transformers: Age of Extinction arriving in theaters June 27, we visited the General Motors Design Center in Warren, Michigan for an in-depth look at the latest film’s hero cars.
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In the past few years, 40 miles per gallon has emerged as the definitive benchmark number for fuel efficiency. Almost every mainstream small car hits this mark, and even some larger midsize sedans are reaching 40 mpg these days. But you don’t have to spend big to save big at the pump. We set out to find the cheapest cars for sale that achieve 40 mpg in EPA testing (which measures highway, city, and combined driving), and were surprised to find exactly ten 40-mpg cars that cost under $20,000. It’s worth noting that many of the cars below require a special powertrain combination or fuel economy package to hit 40 mpg, but each listed price includes destination charges and represents the exact configuration needed to achieve 40 mpg.
2014 Chevrolet Sonic Rs Ramp Stunt
The Chevrolet Sonic has entered the record books for a rather unusual stunt. Former pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek successfully set a Guinness World Record for the "Farthest Reverse Ramp Jump by a Car," after launching the Chevrolet Sonic RS 89 feet and 3 inches… in reverse.

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$13,561
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$14,170
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2014 Chevrolet Sonic Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
1.8L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
26 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
35 MPG
Horsepower:
138 hp @ 6300rpm
Torque:
125 ft lb of torque @ 3800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Maintenance
24,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:MOUNTING
Summary
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured August 2, 2013, through August 12, 2013. Due to insufficient welds, the front fuel tank strap bracket may separate from the vehicle.
Consequences
If the front fuel tank strap bracket separates, the increased load may lead to the failure of the other tank support. As a result, the fuel tank may come loose from the vehicle causing a fuel leak. A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, may result in a fire.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front fuel tank strap bracket, and repair it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on November 7, 2013. Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. GM's recall campaign number is 13296.
Potential Units Affected
1,558
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Buick Encore all-wheel-drive vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to September 9, 2013; Verano vehicles manufactured August 8, 2012, to June 20, 2013; Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured August 7, 2012, to August 16, 2013, and 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured May 10, 2011, to August 16, 2012 equipped with a Calix oil pan/block heater. In cold temperatures, the insulation on the engine block heater cord can become damaged, allowing the wires to be exposed.
Consequences
Exposed wires increase the risk of electrical shock and personal injury if the cord is handled while it is plugged in.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine oil pan/block heater cord with a new cord that is rated for temperatures of minus 40 degree Celsius. The recall began in August 2014. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14257.
Potential Units Affected
2,990
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured July 28, 2014, to August 1, 2014. Due to a loss of electrical connection in the steering column, in the event of a severe crash, the driver's frontal air bag deployment may be limited to the first-stage deployment only instead of the intended first-stage and second-stage deployments.
Consequences
If only the first-stage of the driver's frontal air bag deploys without the additional second-stage, the driver has an increased risk of injury during a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will test the terminals in the IP harness clock spring coil connector and replace any loose terminals, free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14537.
Potential Units Affected
304
Notes
General Motors LLC


IIHS Front Small Overlap
Marginal
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Depreciation
28.9%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$7,967
28.9%
Insurance
$6,855
24.9%
Fuel Cost
$8,182
29.7%
Financing
$1,631
5.9%
Maintenance
$2,129
7.7%
Repair Costs
$410
1.5%
State Fees
$346
1.3%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $27,520 What's This?
Value Rating: Average