2018 Chevrolet Sonic
This is the car to choose when you want a small presence on the road with an affordable price tag. The 2018 Chevy Sonic is the premier compact car from Chevrolet. Coming in at just $15,295, it is also one of the most affordable cars you can choose if you want to minimize the impact to your wallet when purchasing a new vehicle. Despite the small size, the Sonic has some excellent features and performance specifications that put it above other comparable vehicles.
With 138 hp coming out of its four-cylinder engine, the Sonic is geared for urban city driving. With the stop and go traffic that plagues larger vehicles in terms of maneuverability and fuel efficiency, the Sonic thrives in this kind of environment. With 28 miles per gallon in the city, you will also be saving a lot the next time you stop at a gas station to fill up. Anyone looking for an economical ride will be instantly attracted to the lightweight frame and design of this vehicle.
Best of all, the Chevy Sonic gives you options in terms of the body style and standard/optional upgrades it comes with. For a vehicle that will give you a good platform to personalize the riding experience, the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic should be a strong contender.
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Even though the 2018 Chevy Sonic is a small vehicle, it does not lack in the areas of convenience and safety. In fact, Chevy has taken several great steps to make sure customers are happy with the interior experience. Best of all, the lower price tag means you can have the same features and systems found on more expensive Chevy vehicles. This is a great way to maximize the value of your dollar when purchasing a new car.
Safety-wise, the Sonic comes with a number of standard and passive safety systems such as a comprehensive system of front and side airbags to protect the driver and passengers. Other more intelligent safety systems include an advanced tractional control system, electronic stability control, all wheel ABS, and emergency brake assistance.
Convenience is where the 2018 Chevy Sonic truly shines. In 2017, the interior received a facelift with an all-new digital gauge cluster with analog speedometer. Power driver’s seat with heated fabric and steering wheel keep the ride comfortable during long trips. Keyless entry and push-button start making it easier to get the car going and up to speed in a short amount of time.
Finally, the small compact comes with a large seven-inch touchscreen panel that features Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system. Offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, it is easy to connect a smartphone up for hands-free control and voice calling while driving. The infotainment system also provides access to a number of important vehicular settings.
“Compact” does not necessarily describe the Sonic well enough to begin to appreciate the design of this car. Yes, it is small. Yes, it does lack the roomy interior of most family sedans and coupes. Despite all of this, the Sonic retains a lot of the comfort larger vehicles deliver while coming in at a smaller price point. In short, the design of the 2018 Chevy Sonic offers many of the same ride qualities and features of true family cars for less money.
The general style of the Sonic is boxy to improve overall head and legroom within the interior of the vehicle. At the same time, the curves on the exterior are just aerodynamic enough to keep the fuel efficiency up. The overall chassis slopes down, offering more visibility out of the front windshield for the driver. As a compact, the Sonic actually manages to offer a roomy rear seat with individual exterior access.
Like a good mullet, the real party of the Sonic design is in the back. Coming in both a sedan and hatchback body style, the Sonic can maximize passenger or cargo space depending on your individual needs. The sedan is perfect for a more traditional car-like feel and presence around town. The hatchback is the style to choose when you can’t accept the limited cargo space of the sedan’s trunk. The rear cargo area of the hatchback also adds extra height for taller or more awkward items.
The design of the Sonic creates a more nimble driving experience that excels in the jam-packed urban environment many people experience during the daily commute. The small profile of the car slides in and out of different lanes more easily than full-size sedans and SUVs. Parking lots are another area where the small profile of the Sonic comes in handy. When you need to find that rare parking space that larger vehicles would ignore, the Sonic will handle the challenge without issue. As a result, the overall design of the Sonic makes it a good all-arounder for most small families and individuals.
The 2018 Chevy Sonic isn’t necessarily the fastest or most powerful vehicle on the road. This is by design. While most of the Chevy lineup is taken by large workhorses like the Silverado and Suburban, the Sonic occupies the opposite end of the spectrum. This is the end for people who are wanting better fuel efficiency and a smaller, more maneuverable design.
As a result, the standard engine of the Chevy Sonic is small as well. Coming in as a 1.8 L four-cylinder engine with an optional 1.4 L turbocharged four-cylinder, you can expect around 138 hp with 148-pound feet of torque. Both engines come with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. These options give drivers many options in terms of what kind of experience they want behind the wheel of the Sonic.
For people worried about the price of gas rising anytime soon, the fuel efficiency of the Sonic should be a soothing relief. Despite the fact that the car is not a hybrid, the Sonic offers around 25 to 29 city and 33 to 40 highway miles to the gallon with the 1.8L engine. When you add the turbocharged 1.4L into the mix, the fuel efficiency rating is around 26 city and 35 miles per gallon.
In short, the Sonic is meant to run along way before stopping. Even though it is primarily meant for city driving, the great fuel economy and 12-gallon gas tank also make the car good for longer trips and adventures. Small families or couples, in particular, will appreciate the range the Sonic offers without the extra costs of taking a large vehicle on the ride for a long adventure.