For a long time, buying a subcompact car from a domestic automaker is totally impossible or unprofitable. But now, the local model is at the forefront of both segments in terms of quality and overall sales. Chevrolet Sonic is one example, a very nice subcompact that is one of the main choices in this segment.
The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic is available in hatchback and sedan body styles. It’s sold in three trim levels: the LS, LT and Premier.
The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic LS and LT come standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission with a hill-hold feature are standard, while a six-speed automatic is available as an option.
Optional on the LT and standard on the Premier is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 138-hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Although its output same as the base engine, it feels more powerful. A six-speed manual is standard, and a six-speed automatic transmission is optional.
In track testing, the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback with turbocharged and manual transmission hit 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, which is quick for this segment.
The EPA rated the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic with the 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission at 29 mpg combined (26 mpg city/35 mpg highway), while the automatic at (28/25/34). The turbocharged at (32/28/37) for the manual and (30/27/35) with the automatic.