Used Chevy Sonic

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  • Overview

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    The Chevy Sonic is a worthy ambassador of today’s compact car segment. Offering the strength of fuel economy and a wealth of available technologies, Chevy clothes the Sonic’s value within a fun and sporty aesthetic. Widely-appealing and accessibly-priced, it’s also a deserving recipient of J.D. Power and Associates’ ‘Most Dependable Small Car’ award. This recognition makes the Sonic a cornerstone of Chevy’s well-publicized standing as J.D. Power’s ‘Most Dependable Car Brand’, enhancing its significance within the automaker’s line.


    Such credentials provide plenty of incentive to those in search of a used Chevy Sonic (2nd Gen). But look deeper and you’ll find that there are countless more reasons for anyone to consider the Sonic as part of their next vehicle search.

  • 2017

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    Flashing forward five years from its introduction, the subcompact segment has been reshaped, almost as if to prove that you could ‘have it all. Fuel economy. Environmentally-friendly footprint. Innovative styling. Overflowing technologies. Accessible pricing. And yet, one can’t help but recognize that the Sonic had been ticking these boxes, all along.

    As of the 2017 model year, the Sonic would enjoy some significant refreshes to both the exterior and interior design. Revitalized (without any need for revitalization) the Sonic looks better than ever, carrying much of the same aesthetic as its trendy SUV stablemate, the Chevy Trax.

    With updated front fascia, including a reduced grille and restyled headlights, the Sonic retains its fun and funky heritage. The options of 15, 16 or 17-inch wheels help to craft some opportunity for personalization, as do the dynamic paint choices, ensuring that the Sonic stands out wherever it goes.

  • Evolution

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    Right off the bat, the Sonic’s sporty take on the subcompact car proved eye-catching. Stylish, it spoke to relevance and the demand to merge economical vehicles with fashion-forward design, as voiced by younger drivers. In many ways, it heralded Chevy’s partial reinvention as a leader in the youth market.

    While built upon the Aveo’s platform, the 2012 Chevy Sonic represented a significant leap forward, providing a foundation for Chevy’sfocus on sustainability, dependability, and technology. More than a means to an end, the Sonic immediately presented itself as a thoughtful realization of each of these initiatives, ripe for further evolution.

    Whether one opted for the sedan or four-door hatchback, the Sonic was made available in three trim levels (LS, LT, and LTZ). Each was powered by a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, although the LT and LTZ had the option of a turbocharged 1.4-liter variant and a six-speed automatic. The former (1.8) channeled a confident 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, while the latter (1.4) pumped those torque numbers up to 148 lb-ft.

    In fact, the turbocharged option gained immediate appeal. Aside from its improved output and near-leading acceleration ( 0-60 mph in 8.8 seconds) it also offered superior fuel economy, averaging 31-33 mpg (versus the I4’s 29 mpg). Even the technology used by Chevy to paint the Sonic introduced a more sustainable method, that drastically reduced energy consumption and waste. Nearly every element of the Sonic’s existent seems to take the ‘bigger picture’ into consideration.

    And in terms of technology, there may be no automaker more successful than Chevy in terms of answering the growing demands of its customers. By today’s standards, 2012 offerings may seem minimalist, but consider the inclusion of Bluetooth connectivity for both phone and audio. In a hands-free world, where our phones double as multimedia players, this technology seems like it should come standard, even in base trim levels. That said, it still has yet to be integrated into many new vehicles in the 2018 model year. This alone provides great evidence of Chevy’s reputation of innovation.

    As of the 2016 model year, the Sonic would find itself equipped with a generously-proportioned 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration and the growing number of features to become standard. But still, Chevy distinguishes themselves with the inclusion of 4G LTE WiFi as a standard option within their offerings.

    Apply that level of innovation to all elements of their design and production, it becomes easy to appreciate how deserving Chevy is of the accolades receive across their entire line. That said, the Sonic provides a great basis for consideration. More than just J.D. Power and Associates ‘Most Dependable Small Car’, it rates as one of Kelly Blue Book’s ‘10Best’, named ‘Coolest Car Under $18,000. Factor in its’ IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) standing as a ‘Top Safety Pick’ and it’s clear to see how much the Chevy Sonic has to offer.

    And if all that’s not enough incentive, why not take a moment to enjoy the Chevy’s Sonic brilliant transformation into an avant-garde musical instrument, as featured in OK Go’s video for ‘Needing / Getting’?

  • History

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    The Chevy Sonic is rooted within a somewhat jumbled narrative of automotive footnotes. Originally introduced in 2002, it existed as the Kalos (T-200 platform) under the now-defunct Daewoo brand. When Daewoo was acquired by General Motors, the T-200 would be reintroduced as the Chevy Aveo, further evolving into the T250. Made available through the 2011 model year, the Aveo would then be replaced by the Sonic which continues to endure in its current sedan and hatchback forms.

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