Good news, tight-budget users! Chevrolet is now refreshing its interesting and youth-filled Sonic. The update consists in appreciable tech features and some changes in visual terms. You might notice that these appearance changes aims to make the 2017 Sonic more alike to the recent Trax, the GM crossover by excellence.
This refreshment comes equally for both variants of the Sonic; the popular hatchback and the shrink sedan. What you really need to know about this recent announce is exactly what the Sonic is getting for the upcoming year. We will also talk about what kind of user is going to find the 2017 Sonic as the perfect fit.
Before getting into details, let’s check out the key points about the 2017 Sonic:
- Its hatchback presentation is more comfortable than average in both interior and exterior terms.
- The price tag represents a huge attractive in juvenile markets.
- The RS trim’s features from past years are now presents on all the Sonic variants.
Now, with these key points exposed, it is time to get more familiar with this sexy hatchback.
Specs and Mechanical Features
The 2017 Sonic is still the same in terms of specs. Chevrolet dedicated this refreshment on how it looks and the actual trim levels. But you need to know what is under the hood, anyway.
This appealing little Chevy packs a 1.8 L four-cylinder engine as standard while users have the chance to pay an extra in order of getting a fantastic turbocharged 1.4 L four-cylinder powerplant. Both engines will be producing up to 138 hp but peak torque will be superior with the turbo option, reaching 148 lb-ft. The transmission gets either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.
In terms of fuel economy, Chevrolet didn’t release details about the upcoming 2017 model, but we already know the ones from the outgoing 2016 Sonic and they are pretty good. The previous Sonic got the following numbers:
- 25-29 mpg in the city and 33-40 mpg on the highway with the 1.4 L powerplant.
- 24-26 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway with the 1.8 L engine.
Premier (previously known as LTZ) and LT trims will adopt all the features from the exciting RS model. This includes a sports exhaust, appealing body kit, and stiffer suspension for aggressive driving. The LS model, which is the sedan one, will have the RS features as an optional package.
Visual Improvements and Tech Update
As you might notice, the 2017 Sonic is getting closer with the best-selling Trax, the crossover from Chevrolet. Visual similarities are quite clear. In the front fascia, most elements are new. The hood and headlights suffered a serious revamp, emulating the appealing from the mentioned crossover. The smaller grille now comes with optional LED accent lights if you are willing to pay them.
From a side, the several wheels are brand-new as well. Buyers will have to choose between 15-, 16-, and 17-inch models. In the rear end is where most things remained the same. The RS package that comes standard for the LT and Premier trims add some visual excitement, as we already mentioned.
According to Chevrolet, the 2017 Sonic is getting a totally different instrument cluster. This update wants to make the car more modern than before. If you are going with the 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen, you will enjoy the Appel CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well. Also, some interesting options were announced. Among these we find the keyless entry and push-button start, heated steering wheel, a power driver’s seat, and many others.
The Bottom Line: Is the 2017 Sonic for Me?
The 2017 Sonic is a truly affordable compact with a lot to offer. The specs are more than enough for most users while the build quality of the outgoing model was outstanding. The trim levels’ changes seem positive.
The 2016 base model’s pricing started at $15,200, so expect something really similar to that.