If you are a believer in the phrase “Big things come in small packages,” then you will love the new 2020 Chevy Sonic. Available as a sleek sedan and as a petite hatchback, this beauty is loaded with all of the latest tech gadgets and features to keep you entertained behind the wheel.
This nimble ride boasts an eco-friendly engine that will help you save money on gas and reduce your overall carbon footprint. With advanced connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can sync your smartphone and have access to your favorite apps, music, and messages without taking your eye off the road. It also comes with ten standard airbags and a slew of advanced safety features. Whoever said small cars aren’t safe hasn't had the chance to meet the 2020 Chevy Sonic!
Based on 2016 models, the Chevy Sonic was named “Most Dependable Small Car” by the J.D. Power Dependability Awards. Testing 177 specific issues over a span of 12 months, the Chevy Sonic won out in the end at being the more dependable model in its class. Now, the new 2020 Chevy Sonic is better than ever before with refreshed styling and advanced tech upgrades inside the well-rounded cabin.
The sedan body style is available in three trim levels (LS, LT, and Premier), and the hatchback is offered in two (LT and Premier). Each version has its own vibe for the unique personality of anyone interested in the model. The base LS is more practical and budget-friendly without cutting out conveniences like a 1-month trial of Chevrolet Connect Services and OnStar. The top-tier Premier takes convenience to the next level by offering keyless open and start functions along with other luxury features.
To truly determine whether or not the 2020 Chevy Sonic is the right choice to fit your daily driving needs, you should take a closer look at the vehicle’s overall performance, interior options, and exterior enhancements.
Under the hood of the 2020 Chevy Sonic sits a 1.4L turbo EcoTech 4-cylinder engine that generates 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive, it has an exceptional fuel economy set at 30 mpg combined (26 city/34 highway). The Sonic features responsive and quick handling for an enjoyable ride, whether you have a daily city commute or prefer to take a winding back road to your destination.
The base LS trim level rolls on 15-inch steel wheels, the LT is fitted with 15-inch alloy wheels, and the Premier has 17-inch wheels. An additional package known as the Performance Package is also available on the LT and Premier trim levels. It adds a lowering suspension kit and performance exhaust for a zippy driving experience. An RS package is also available, which adds an integrated rear spoiler, fog lamps, and sport suspension.\
When you slip behind the wheel of the 2020 Chevy Sonic, you will be greeted by a well-appointed cabin no matter which trim level you choose. Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside this sleek beauty.
The Sonic LS is a great commuter vehicle. It’s budget-friendly, but still comes with plenty of infotainment features to help make your drive to work more enjoyable. Remote locking/unlocking makes it easy to get in and out of the vehicle, and the driver’s seat is manually adjustable 4-ways for comfort during long rides. The tilt-and-telescoping steering column is also adjustable to suit your height. The infotainment interface is displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen that operates with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling. Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can listen to your favorite playlist through the 4-speaker stereo system. Dual USB ports are also provided for charging more than one mobile device at the same time.
The Chevy Sonic LT is offered as a sedan or hatchback. Both body styles can seat up to five passengers comfortably. The cabin seating is covered in upgraded cloth upholstery, and the sound system has also been upgraded to 6-speakers with satellite radio. Two packages are available for the LT as well. The Convenience package adds heated front seats with power-adjustable settings, an enhanced driver information display, and proximity entry with push-button start. The Driver Confidence package includes an array of advanced safety features like lane-departure warning, forward collision alert, and rear parking sensors to assist with backing up in tight spaces and parallel parking.
The top-of-the-line Premier trim level includes everything from the lower two trims along with the Convenience package. Its luxurious cabin is covered in simulated leather upholstery that is vegan-friendly. On the Premier hatchback, suede microfiber inserts decorate the seats for an even more elegant look. A 4G LTE Wifi hotspot is also included to keep you connected everywhere you go. Cruise control, a rear window electric defogger, and a rearview camera are a few other advanced features on this model as well. A tire pressure monitoring system will also alert you if your tires of under- or overinflated. Another available package for this trim is the RS package. This one mostly gives stylish enhancements to the exterior, which will be covered later. However, for the interior, the RS package adds leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with a sporty, 3-spoke design and contrasting stitching. The cabin is also carpeted and features deluxe floor mats and has a Piano Black instrument panel for a sleeker look. The Driver Confidence suite of safety features can also be added to this trim.
As for the interior difference based on body style alone, the trunk volume in the sedan is about 15 cubic feet, and the hatchback offers 19 cubic feet of space. However, the hatchback can do something that the sedan cannot. By folding down the rear seats, you can access up to 47.7 cubic feet of cargo room. The front head and legroom for both styles remain the same at 38.7 inches and 41.8 inches.
When looking at the 2020 Chevy Sonic, you will notice many variations in exterior appearance. There are a lot of options, and this vehicle can be customized to suit your personality.
First, you should decide whether you want the four-door sedan or the hatchback. The main exterior difference comes in the overall length and height of the vehicle. The sedan is 173.90 inches long, and the hatchback is 159.80 inches in length. The height of the sedan is 59.7 inches, and the hatchback stands taller at 68.3 inches. This is what gives the back cargo area more room, as mentioned in the previous section.
After you have chosen the body style, you can take a closer look at the trim levels and packages to determine which style is right for you. The base LS (sedan only) comes with automatic LED headlights, body-colored side mirrors and door handles, and intermittent windshield wipers. The LT sedan adds chrome beltline moldings, whereas the LT hatchback can come with the RS package. As mention previously, this package adds several exterior styling enhancements, including foglamps, a rear spoiler, rocker moldings, RS badging, and black Chevrolet bowtie emblems for a more athletic look. The Premier sedan and hatchback differ in their wheel options. The sedan has 17-inch aluminum wheels, and the hatchback has 17-inch black-painted aluminum wheels. Heated side mirrors are available on both as well as a power sunroof.
No matter which body style or trim level that you ultimately decide to go with, you will always have nine exterior paint options to choose from. This is a key element when it comes to small cars because sedans and hatchbacks can sometimes get lost in a sea of vehicles. Chevrolet’s stunning paint colors will ensure that you always stand apart from the crowd. There are four classic colors available, including Mosaic Black Metallic, Nightfall Gray Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, and the crisp Summit White. If you are looking for something a little more thrilling, you can opt for Red Hot, Cajun Red Tintcoat, or Cayenne Orange Metallic. For an even more eye-catching look, you could choose Kinetic Blue Metallic or Oasis Blue.