Changes for the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic:
Chevrolet adds safety equipment to the 2014 Sonic including an optional reversing camera and an Advanced Safety Package that includes a lane departure warning system and a Forward Collision Alert system. In 2014, Chevrolet will promote Sonic LT models equipped with fog lights, a power sunroof, and a Chevrolet MyLink radio. Three new colors are also available.
The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is sold in 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback body styles, and in LS, LT, LTZ, and RS trim levels. The sporty RS is offered only as a 5-door hatchback. Sonic LT highlights include aluminum wheels, cruise control, and premium sound, while the Sonic LTZ adds leatherette seats, heated front seats, and Chevrolet MyLink technology. RS models include revised styling, leather, and special trim.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for all Sonic models except for the RS. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, and a 6-speed automatic transmission is optional, each delivering power to the car’s front wheels.
A turbocharged, 138-horsepower, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is optional for the Sonic LT and LTZ, and standard for the Sonic RS. It makes its peak horsepower at 4,900 rpm compared to 6,300 rpm for the standard engine, and generates 23 lb.-ft. more torque at lower revs than the standard engine. The net result is that the turbocharged Sonic feels more energetic.
When equipped with the turbocharged engine, the Sonic LT and LTZ come standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the Sonic RS has a 6-speed manual transmission. All three models are offered with an optional 6-speed automatic.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
In combined driving, fuel economy ratings range from 28 mpg with the standard 1.8-liter 4-cylinder and an automatic transmission to 33 mpg with the turbocharged 1.4-liter and a manual gearbox. The Sonic RS posts a range between 28 mpg with the automatic and 30 mpg with the manual.
Based on crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic receives the best possible overall crash-test rating of 5 stars.
As this summary is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2014 Sonic. Last year, the Sonic received the highest rating of “Good” in the moderate offset frontal-impact test, the side-impact test, the rear-impact injury prevention test, and the roof crush strength test.
Every 2014 Chevy Sonic is equipped with standard OnStar telematics including 6 free months of service to Automatic Crash Response service, which speeds rescue following an airbag deployment. OnStar also provides an opt-in FamilyLink location sharing service and a RemoteLink Mobile App allowing for remote access to vehicle functions.
For 2014, Chevrolet is promoting a version of the Sonic LT equipped with a Chevrolet MyLink radio, which includes a 7-inch color touchscreen display with Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, Siri Eyes Free technology for iPhone users, a BringGo navigation app, TuneIn global radio access, and more.