The newest 2016 Chevrolet Sonic retains its comfort and style while simultaneously offering a fun drive and performing very well on safety tests. The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic handles urban life as well as rural country roads. The RS trim in particular retains its balance and grip when speeding round tight turns and corners. It has a well-appointed cabin that offers a surprising amount of room. Even back seat passengers are given a good deal of space and comfort. In the 2016 Sonic, the infotainment system is now standard on its RS, LTZ and LT trims. The luxury-oriented LTZ model no longer comes in a manual transmission option, and all four trims have jettisoned the CD player.

Trim Levels

2016 Chevrolet Sonic

2016 Chevrolet Sonic

The Chevrolet Sonic for 2016 can be purchased as both a sedan and a four-door hatchback. In each, five passengers can be seated comfortably. The LS, the LT, the LTZ and the RS are the four trim level from which to choose.

LS

The LS comes with 15-inch steel wheels, auto headlamps, power locking and cloth seats that can be adjusted for the driver’s height and fold with a 60/40 split in the back. There are also features such as a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes, Bluetooth support, OnStar and 4G Wi-Fi, and an audio system with four speakers and aux jack.

LT

Wheels are alloy in the LT and there’s chrome accents on the outside, better cloth on heated seats in the front, remote ignition on automatics, power windows and cruise control. There’s also a 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone and Bluetooth capabilities, along with satellite radio and an audio system with six speakers.

LTZ

2016 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ

2016 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ

With the LTZ you move up to the turbocharged engine (see below), 17-inch alloy wheels, a spoiler at the back, foglights, more chrome on the outside, faux leather seating that heats in the front, rearview camera and a shift knob and steering wheel that are wrapped in leather.

RS

2016 Chevrolet Sonic RS

2016 Chevrolet Sonic RS

In addition, The RS provides four-wheel disc brakes, a sportier body, steering wheel, and suspension, special wheels, and more leather and faux suede accents. You can generally choose a sunroof and a Driver Confidence package that gives a warning about possible collisions or lane departures. There’s a ‘Dusk’ option on the LTZ sedan that comes with 18-inch wheels and other interior and exterior styling changes.

Performance

The engine and transmission of the Chevy Sonic has not changed over its lifespan. It features two engines that deliver 138 horsepower. These are a base 1.8-liter or an optional 1.4-liter turbocharged four. It comes with a six-speed automatic or manual (five speed for the base and six speeds for the turbo). The Chevy Sonic hugs the road nicely. The electric power steering has a nice feel. The RS model in particular has a sporty feel. This is due to a lowered suspension and gear setting. The retuned exhaust system provides a sport-like sound. Why choose the 1.4? The 1.4-liter turbo offers a higher fuel economy rating. It has more torque. It is also more refined in its drive, giving the Sonic a more expensive and upscale feeling on the road. The six-speed manual features a smaller engine, and is a lot of fun. It provides a direct shift action with short throws. The clutch is smooth too; it’s nearly impossible to mess up on, so even novice drivers will enjoy the drive. The turbo automatic features shift buttons on the side of the lever. This gives a sportier feel. However, this is an option and it is fine to simply leave it in drive for less effort.

Economy

Ecotec Engine

2016 Chevrolet Sonic Ecotec Engine

You can choose from a dozen different body styles, trim levels, engines, and transmissions when you shop for the Chevrolet Sonic for 2016 but the bottom line is – choose the 1.4 liter turbocharged engine and you’ll get 30 – 35 miles to the gallon in actual road conditions. Combined with the six-speed transmission, this is the most fuel efficient Sonic. However, the majority of buyers will want the six-speed automatic, and this will still yield around 31 miles per gallon. Choosing the basic 1.8-liter engine and the five-speed manual gives you 30 miles per gallon, though that will drop to 28 miles per gallon if you select the automatic six-speed transmission. The RS model gets slightly lower ratings. This might be because of certain aerodynamic changes. It gets 30 miles per gallon when it comes with the six-speed manual transmission and 28 miles per gallon with the automatic transmission, which is the same as the basic model. You do not just get greater fuel efficiency with the 1.4-liter engine. You also get an engine that has more pep, and thus contributes more fun to your driving experience. You might also like to know that this turbo does not need to use premium gasoline. Regular unleaded fuel will perform quite well.

Exterior

2016 Chevrolet Sonic Exterior

2016 Chevrolet Sonic Exterior

The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic may have had the same design for the past five years, but it’s a design that works – a balance of bold and conservative. There is none of the boring, boxy look you get with many of today’s small economy cars. There’s no mistaking – the Sonic is very much a Chevy. The front has a split grille accompanied by round headlights with transparent covers that wrap back to the fenders, giving it an altogether sporty look. The five-door hatchback has a unified design featuring angled window lines ending in a shortened tail. A unique feature is the rear door handles hidden in the black trim connecting the roof pillar and door, while the hatchback’s extended front and shorter rear add to the sportiness. The Sonic four-door sedan has the same wheelbase which, combined with conventional rear doors, a longer roof and roomy trunk, makes this model a clear variation on the original hatchback. Chevy has added alloy wheels to every Sonic, including the base LS model, which gives an added touch of class to each car.

Interior

The inside of the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is nothing short of luxurious. With its twin-cockpit design, you can immerse yourself in the vehicle’s elegance. With a middle console that curves and wraps around the front-seat riders for both function and beauty, to the chrome trim rings around circular elements, it’s a smart look that feels that no expense was spared. Additional touches including contrasting material with different textures and grains for both the upper and lower parts of the vehicle’s dashboard that help to distinguish the Sonic from all other industry vehicles. A motorcycle-inspired instrumentation panel behind the steering wheel stands out, contrasting against the colors and textural grains found in the remainder of the interior. With interiors like the Chevrolet Sonic’s, it is no wonder that Chevrolet has become a household name for luxurious but affordable vehicles.

Practicality

Topdown

Topdown

There is room for four people in the 2016 Chevy Sonic. There is also plenty of shoulder and headroom in all four seats. The Sonic had one of the best-insulated cabins upon its launch. Competitors are gradually catching up, but the ride is impressively smooth and quiet. There is little road and engine noise. The mid-level LT trim offers the quietest ride. There are plenty of storage options in the front for glasses, papers, phones, drinks and anything else you may need in your car. There is also ample cargo space. The rear seat folds down to expand on trunk storage space. The sedan in particular has an impressively large trunk. At 19 cubic feet, it is possible to accommodate long packages in the trunk and still be able to close the lid. The hatchback features a 14 cubic foot cargo bay. This can be reached via the rear door or the hatch. There is also a hidden storage area underneath the high load floor big enough to keep a laptop.

Safety

Driving

2016 Chevrolet Sonic Safety

The Sonic has a five star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it got nearly a perfect score. It is not only the NHTSA that considers it a top pick. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also considers it a top safety pick, granting it a score of ‘good’ on every test including all crash ratings, roof crush tests and collision alerts. This is particularly impressive for a small car.
Available Rear Camera

2016 Chevrolet Sonic Available Rear Camera

Why does the Sonic fare so well in safety tests? It comes with 10 airbags as well as blind spot mirrors on all trims. On top of this, there are additional optional safety packages that enhance the already great safety features. These include lane departure warning systems and forward collision alerts. A rear view camera is also available in an additional package for models with the MyLink specific infotainment system.

Summary

Safe, spritely and stylish, the Chevrolet Sonic in 2016 continues to be a best buy in its class. Offering a unique look that’s far from its boring and bland competitors, the Sonic is a blast to drive and practical too. Get in touch to arrange a test drive of the new 2016 Chevrolet Sonic.