2020 Chevrolet Sonic

Original MSRP Range
$16,720 - $21,520
Available Style(s)
Hatchback, Sedan
26 - 26 MPG City / 34 - 34 MPG Hwy
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2020 Chevrolet Sonic

What We Like

  • Good handling
  • Great value
  • A slew of segment-first features
  • Great gas mileage

What We Don't

  • No factory navigation system
  • No base hatchback trim
  • Small engine can get winded on hilly roads


Expert Rating

4.3/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.1/ 5


What's New in the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic?

Other than some color upgrades, there are no major changes of note for the 2020 Chevy Sonic. The manual transmission has been dropped. See the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic models for sale near you

Which Sonic is the Best?

For our money, the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic is one of the best subcompact cars available. If we were on a budget, we'd choose the LT with the Convenience and Driver Assist packages. But if we had a little more money to spend, the Premier offers just about everything we could want. In each case, we'd take the hatchback for its improved practicality -- even if it means spending a little extra cash. Find a 2020 Chevrolet Sonic for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Cost?

The Chevrolet Sonic comes in three trim levels: the base-level LS, the midlevel LT and the upscale Premier.

The base LS model ($17,595) comes with an automatic transmission and 15-inch steel wheels as standard equipment, along with air conditioning, remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, MyLink with a 7-in touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 10 airbags, Bluetooth, manual windows and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.

Next up is the midgrade LT ($19,495 sedan, $20,690 hatchback). It adds a 6-speaker sound system with Sirius XM radio, 15-in painted aluminum wheels, cruise control, power windows with one touch up and down and power-adjustable heated exterior mirrors.

The Premier ($21,595 sedan, $22,790 hatchback) adds a higher list of creature comforts, including heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 6-way power driver's seat, keyless entry and ignition, leatherette seating surfaces and the contents of the RS package. Outside, 17-in aluminum wheels and a rear deck spoiler add a sporty look.

Additional options include the sporty RS package, the LT Convenience package (includes keyless entry and start, heated seats, a heated steering wheel and a 6-way power driver's seat) and the Driver Confidence package (rear park assist, lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert).

Sonic Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Sonic 5dr HB LT w/1FL$17,220 / $16,6004 Cylinder Turbo13826 / 346-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Sonic 5dr HB LT w/1SD$19,420 / $18,7204 Cylinder Turbo13826 / 346-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Sonic 5dr HB Premier$21,520 / $20,7454 Cylinder Turbo13826 / 346-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Sonic 4dr Sdn LS$16,720 / $16,1184 Cylinder Turbo13826 / 346-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Sonic 4dr Sdn LT$18,620 / $17,9494 Cylinder Turbo13826 / 346-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Sonic 4dr Sdn Premier$20,720 / $19,9744 Cylinder Turbo13826 / 346-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Chevrolet Sonic Safety

Is the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic a Safe Car?

The Sonic boasts a slew of standard safety features, including a class-leading 10 airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and crash-collapsible pedals to protect the driver's feet and legs. Safety options include forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning and rear park assist.

The Sonic has received a 5-Star overall crash-test rating from the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To earn that rating, it scored five stars in frontal- and side-impact tests and four stars in rollover tests.

Frontal Crash Rating–Overall
Overall Rating
Rollover Rating–Overall
Side Barrier Rating–Overall
Side Crash Rating–Overall
5 Year Cost to Own

$34,222 ($0.46 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Corrosion3 Years/36,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Maintenance1 Year/1 Visit

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Performance Pkg
  • RS Pkg


2020 Chevrolet Sonic vs the competition

2020 Hyundai Accent -- The Hyundai Accent offers a higher level of sophistication, with upscale styling and performance but no hatchback model. Standard equipment is generous, and the Accent has a better standard warranty than the Sonic.

2020 Nissan Versa -- Nissan's latest Versa can't match the Sonic for driving enjoyment. Pricing, however, is a strong suit, as the Versa remains one of the least expensive cars on sale.

2020 Toyota Yaris -- The Yaris is competitively priced but has a new design and more standard driver assist safety features. Based on the European Mazda2 (we don't get it here), the Yaris and Yaris 5-door also get better gas mileage than the Sonic.

Used Chevrolet Cruze -- If you like the Sonic but want more space or more power, consider the larger Chevy Cruze. It's both bigger and more powerful, but its price is a bit higher, so you may want to consider a used model.

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