Available as a sedan or versatile hatchback, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic fits in between the tiny Spark and compact Cruze. Thanks to a freshening for 2017, the new Sonic presents an even better option for younger drivers or commuters on a budget. While base models still don’t offer power windows, those willing to spend a bit more can find plenty of value in the 2017 Sonic.
Whether sedan or hatchback, the Sonic’s 5-passenger interior is roomy for its size and has a standard 7-inch touch screen that dominates the center front of the cockpit. The rear seat is one of the roomy and recommendable hatchback models offer 47.7 cubic feet of cargo room with rear seats folded.
The 2017 Sonic sedan is available as LS, LT and Premier. The lowest priced LS Sedan includes a robust 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with CarPlay and Android Auto, rearview camera, built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity and remote keyless entry. We recommend the hatchback or stepping up to the LT sedan, which includes a standard turbocharged engine, better-quality cloth seating, 6-speaker audio and those features lacking in base models.
There are two engine choices for the Sonic. The base 1.8-liter 4-cylinder cranks out good power and is entirely adequate. The pricier alternative is a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that’s sportier and makes more torque, and thus goes quicker, but has as its main advantage a 2-5-mpg gain in highway fuel economy, depending on transmission.
The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just over $16,000 for a manual-transmission LS sedan, or $17,270 for one with an automatic transmission. We recommend stepping up to the LT sedan or hatchback, each starting below $18,500. Loaded, even the slightly pricier Sonic 5-door hatchback checks in below $25,000.