The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic will bring some increasingly popular safety measures to the subcompact segment later this year, thanks to an option package that integrates Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and a rear-vision camera system. It makes for an additional advantage for a car that already showcased 10 standard airbags as well as some fairly impressive safety scores from the usual suspects: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2013 Chevy Sonic a Top Safety Pick, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded that model a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety—something no other car in the segment can claim.
The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic also will offer three new exterior colors—Ashen Gray Metallic, Red Hot, and Cool Blue—and, for a limited time only, a promotional package for the Sonic LT that combines a Chevrolet MyLink radio, a power sunroof, and front fog lamps.
Interestingly, although the brand is boasting that the new crash-avoidance technologies for the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic are more typically found a few segments up the pricing ladder, the car actually has made a habit out of offering unexpectedly up-scale features. For example, on the tech front, the 2014 Chevy Sonic can be kitted out with the Apple-friendly “Siri Eyes Free” voice-recognition system for voice control of certain iPhone functions (in certain iPhones), along with BringGo nav functionality that leverages the owner’s smartphone for a low-cost, in-dash navigation experience.
This premium approach to the segment has been effective, too, at least up until now …