Chevrolet Sonic Model History

All New and Used Sonic Model Years and History

For a hatchback or sedan with advanced safety features, upgraded interior, and leading-edge tech as the standard, the Chevrolet 2020 Sonic is on the scene.
2020 Chevrolet 1035 Sonic 32403 0
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The Sonic may not be flashy, but it’s a reliable commuter with impressive features for an entry-level vehicle.
2019 Chevrolet 1035 Sonic 31433 0
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Chevrolet’s compact Sonic sedan is modern and chic, and comes with ample standard features.
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2018 Chevrolet 1035 Sonic 30497 0
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Chevrolet’s Sonic sedan merges modern tech features with creature comforts while avoiding an outlandish price tag.
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2017 Chevrolet 1035 Sonic 29209 0
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The Sonic is a reliable subcompact car offered at an entry-level price tag.
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2016 Chevrolet 1035 Sonic 28448 0
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Plenty of features, great safety rating and roomy cabin with optional turbo-charged engine make the Chevrolet Sonic one enticing thrill ride.
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2015 Chevrolet 1035 Sonic 27415 0
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Now available with a rearview camera, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert, the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is raising the bar in the sub-compact class.
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2014 Chevrolet 1035 Sonic 26108 0
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Now available in a new RS trim level, the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic is a sub-compact FWD vehicle available in five door hatchback and sedan trim levels.
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2013 Chevrolet 1035 Sonic 25132 0
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A sub-compact car available in five door hatchback and sedan trim levels, the all new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is the North American replacement for the Chevrolet Aveo.
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2012 Chevrolet 1035 Sonic 21650 0
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The unveiling of all-new and redesigned cars, trucks and SUVs headed to a dealer near you for 2019. Preview specific new models for a more in-depth look of what's to come or browse the photos to see what will be revamped from each automaker.

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The Chevrolet premiered the Sonic in 2012 as a concerted effect of reversing the perception of subcompact cars coming from the auto company. Replacing the Aveo, the Chevrolet Sonic provided a fresh presentation of a General Motors entry-level car. Offered in a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, the 2012 Sonic’s economical presence was accompanied by some energetic style. Created as an affordably priced vehicle, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic came with 10 airbags, OnStar and seating for up to five occupants. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic came with two versions of a four-cylinder Ecotec engine. Serving as a base engine, a 1.8-liter could be paired with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

 

Also offered was a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine generates the same horsepower as the 1.8-liter powerplant but muscles out an additional 13 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet Sonics equipped with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine could be ordered with a six-speed manual gearbox projecting a full sport-driving feel. Fuel economy for the Chevrolet Sonic averages above 30 miles per gallon while the turbocharged model achieves up to 40 miles per gallon through highway driving. An optional engine for 2012, the turbocharged engine was added as standard equipment for the Sonic RS introduced in 2013. Along with the 1.4-liter engine, the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS models were identified by a series of unique touches such as a lowered ride height, 17-inch five-spoke wheels, aluminum sport pedals and leather seating with red accents.

 

Another change for 2012 was the manufacturing origin of the Chevrolet subcompact car. Whereas the previous Aveo sold in North America were exported from South Korea, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic arrived from General Motors’ Orion Assembly in Michigan (the first time since the mid-1980s a Chevrolet subcompact was produced in the United States).

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