2015 Chevrolet Sonic

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2015 Chevrolet Sonic
2015 Chevrolet Sonic

New for 2015

The Chevrolet Sonic is largely unchanged for the 2015 model year, but the subcompact does gain a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, the turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 is now standard equipment on the LTZ, and Blue Velvet is a newly available exterior color.

Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact sedan and hatchback that fits above the subcompact Spark and below the compact Cruze in the automaker’s lineup.

Summary

The base engine is a 1.8-liter I-4 that makes 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, and can be paired with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 26/35 mpg city/highway with the manual, and 25/35 mpg with the automatic. Stepping up to the turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 is a no brainer as it makes an identical 138 hp and a healthier 148 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine can be paired with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The best part of choosing the more fun turbo model is the fuel economy of 29/40 mpg with a manual, and 27/37 mpg with the automatic. The performance-oriented RS model gets revised gear ratios on its six-speed manual, which gets taller gears and a taller final drive.
The Chevrolet Sonic features a seven-inch infotainment screen, and the special-edition Dusk sedan returns for 2015, including a ground effects package, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and matte grill inserts.
The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing received four ratings of good and one of marginal in the newer, and more difficult, small overlap front test (the highest possible rating is good).

What We Think

In our drives of the turbocharged Sonic we noticed several things: the suspension has been well tuned, erasing most of the torque steer that typically plagues turbocharged front-drive cars; turn in is quick, and the Sonic moves around eagerly; our criticisms are with the overboosted steering (much too light), and the high curb weight. The Sonic is one of the heavier cars in the segment, but it doesn’t wear it badly.
Stepping up to the Sonic RS fixes the steering feel, but the car does have to work a bit to haul the not-insignificant girth. We don’t see any reason to get the base 1.8-liter I-4, as the turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 is just so much better in every way that matters: more fuel efficient, more torque, and more responsive. Get the turbo, and consider the RS. While the package leaves the turbocharged mill alone, it does modify the gearing in the six-speed manual, allowing drivers to hustle the RS around, making the most of the little 1.4-liter.
You’ll Like
  • 1.4-liter I-4 has more torque, and better fuel economy
  • Six-speed manual
  • Styling of the RS and Dusk sedan
You Won’t Like
  • Slightly more expensive Ford Fiesta ST makes more power
  • Overboosted steering
  • Heavy
Key Competitors
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Honda Fit
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Mazda2

Rating

3
2015 Chevrolet Sonic IIHS During Crash Test
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic receives a Top Safety Pick overall rating. This is a boost over the 2013 model year, when the Sonic was not a Top Safety Pick due to a “Marginal” safety rating for the small-overlap front crash test.
2014 Chevrolet Sonic Rear Passengers Side In Motion
General Motors will introduce a third electric model to the Chevrolet lineup, one that's said to be based on the Chevy Sonic and will travel 200 miles on a single charge.
2015 Chevrolet Sonic RS Sedan And Hatch
General Motors is launching its 2015 model-year cars, and among the noteworthy changes are equipment changes and trim updates for the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic, the 2015 Buick LaCrosse, and the 2015 Cadillac XTS.

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2015 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
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:RADIO/TAPE DECK/CD ETC.
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured April 30, 2014, to May 20, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured June 18, 2014, to June 10, 2015. In the affected vehicles, equipped with the base radio and OnStar, the radio may lock up due to a software issue, causing the display to go blank and all audio functions to cease. Because of this, there may be no warning chimes such as the reminder to buckle the seat belt and the key being left in ignition when the driver goes to exit the vehicle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208 "Occupant Crash Protection", and 114 "Theft Protection."
Consequences
Without audible indicators, the driver may leave the key in the ignition, increasing the risk of theft. If a driver or front passenger does not buckle their seat belt, there would be no chime to remind them to fasten their seat belts. If a driver or passenger does not buckle their seat belt there is an increased risk that they will be injured in a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the radio software, free of charge. The recall began on August 11, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15504.
Potential Units Affected
45,785
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 2015 Chevrolet Sonic

Depreciation
30.2%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$8,283
30.2%
Insurance
$6,870
25.1%
Fuel Cost
$7,979
29.1%
Financing
$1,516
5.5%
Maintenance
$2,002
7.3%
Repair Costs
$432
1.6%
State Fees
$336
1.2%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $27,418 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average