2017 Chevy Sonic – Naperville, IL
The 2017 Chevy Sonic in Naperville, IL is a vehicle that premiered in 2012, and is the second smallest and cheapest vehicle currently being sold by Chevy. It’s available in two different body styles: sedan or hatchback, and each one provides its own unique and fun look. But, it’s much more than just a nice looking vehicle. The Sonic is a vehicle that has plenty of innovative technology, advanced safety features, and powertrain options that make your driving experience effortless and enjoyable. Which is why at Chevy of Naperville, the Sonic is one of our favorite Chevy models.
Let’s take a look at why the new Sonic is much more than just a fun design, and what makes it such a great small car.
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It’s Much More than Just a Fun Design
Since the Sonic is available in both hatchback and sedan models, it gives it a one-up compared to the other models out there. Why? Because, it’s able to offer a level of versatility that one-body-style vehicles can’t. With one model, consumers are able to pick and choose which type of driving style they want. While the hatchback is taller and provides more headroom in the back, the sedan is able to provide a more passenger-type feel. Regardless of which model is chosen, each style has above-average interior volume, and both have very similar performance. Also, the safety and technology remains the same. Which means Chevy makes sure that you don’t have to settle for less depending on which style you prefer.
Chevy also updated the designs for 2016. Now, there is a new hood, front fascia, and LED daytime running lamps found on both the sedan and hatchback models. Opting for the RS package on either style will land you a revamped look, which includes a sporty body kit with rocker moldings, rear spoiler, foglights, glossy black interior accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and upgraded floor mats. It also comes with 16-inch alloy wheels. If you add the RS package to the Premier trim level, you get 17-inch black-painted wheels instead, along with a sport-tuned suspension and suede seat inserts.
Now that we’ve learned a little bit about the designs, let’s take a look at some of the aspects that really make the 2017 Chevy Sonic stand out among its peers.
Powertrains and Performance
There’s no question about it, the Sonic is one of the best small cars on the market in terms of performance. While the base engine is seeing low numbers on the fuel-efficiency side of things, it gives the Sonic plenty of kick in the low-end when you hit the gas pedal. If you want more power, the Sonic also offers an available turbocharged engine that really spices things up on the road. Regardless of engine option, the ride quality is better than most other small cars on the market, and that sport-tuned suspension only makes it better. But, the upgraded suspension or engine isn’t required for it to be fun to drive. In fact, the Sonic has an intoxicatingly fun demeanor on the road even with all stock components, which is a rarity in the small car segment.
As far as engines go, the standard engine on the 2017 Chevy Sonic LS and LT models is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. This engine kicks out 138 horsepower and 125 lb. ft. of torque, which is sent through a five-speed manual transmission to the wheels. A six-speed automatic is available for those unfamiliar with driving a stick-shift, and a hill-hold feature comes standard.
On the Premier, a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder comes standard, and is optional on the LT. The horsepower is a carbon-copy of the 1.8-liter engine and comes in at 138 horsepower, but the torque spikes up to 148 lb.-ft. This time, that increased torque is sent through a six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic being optional. The increased torque and wider gearing range give the Sonic an opportunity to really take its performance to the next level.
On the fuel-efficiency side of things, it’s similar regardless of which body-type you choose. The 1.8-liter engine provides 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, and the 1.4-liter engine kicks out an increased 28 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. While these numbers are a little below average for the class, the 0-60 mph time of a turbocharged Sonic hatchback with a manual transmission clocks in at 8.4 seconds. This is quite fast for this segment, so it more than makes up for the slight lack in fuel-efficiency.
Much like most of their new vehicles, Chevy made sure the Sonic has the most up-to-date technology available. This includes support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Now, making calls, listening to music, accessing a calendar, or navigating with Google maps are all accessible through the 7-inch diagonal touch-screen display. Of course, getting directions might be tricky if your phone isn’t getting a signal. Which is why the Sonic is equipped with 4G LTE wi-fi for high-speed, reliable smartphone connectivity.
Speaking of your phone, the myChevrolet mobile app is a relatively new feature. It turns your (compatible) mobile device into a handheld command center for your vehicle. You can do things like stop or start your engine, lock and unlock your doors, or even send destinations to the navigation system equipped on the Sonic. Diagnostic information is always on-hand, and you can even set parking reminders.
The Sonic isn’t just big on technology, it also offers a variety of advanced safety features to help keep you and your loved ones safe, such as a standard rear vision camera, 10-standard airbags, a high-strength steel safety cage, and traction control with StabiliTrak.
You can also grab some optional features if you feel that additional safety measures are required. Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Park Assist are all available, along with an OnStar Advisor and Automatic Crash Response program. Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning are both part of the Driver Confidence package, which is optional on the LT and Premier trims. Forward Collision Warning alerts the driver to an imminent impact, so they can take action to avoid it. Lane Departure Warning works in a similar manner, but alerts the driver when they are leaving their designated lane without signaling.
While most people turn their noses up at small cars for their lack of safety, the Sonic is a vehicle that doesn’t fit that description. In government crash tests, the Sonic actually received a perfect five-star safety rating overall. Including five stars for total frontal impact safety, and total side-impact safety. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) awarded the Sonic a top score of “Good” in the moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact, and roof-strength crash category. And the seat and head restraints were bestowed the rating of “Good” for whiplash protection in rear-impact collisions.
This effectively makes the 2017 Chevy Sonic one of the safest small cars on the market. Combine that with its low MSRP, and it’s the perfect first-time car for a young driver.
Chevy of Naperville: Your Sonic Awaits
At Chevy of Naperville, we love stocking the 2017 Chevy Sonic simply because it’s a great overall vehicle. If you don’t mind driving something smaller, the combination of its low price, great performance, intuitive technology, and exceptional safety makes it a very attractive offer. The turbocharged engine might cost you a little more, but if you combine that with the Premier trim and RS package, you’ll be getting a range-topping and fun vehicle for the price of a base economy car.
A test drive is the only way to see how enjoyable this vehicle is, as words can only do so much. At Chevy of Naperville, our staff will greet you with a smile, and will be able to answer any questions you might have about the new Sonic. We’ll also make sure to get you the best deal around, because at Chevy of Naperville the customer is our number one priority.