2017 Chevrolet Sonic: Fresh Looks, New Tech – Car and Driver

Chevy is injecting some brand-new life in to its compact Sonic along with a visual freshening and some extra tech features for 2017. Still readily available in hatchback and sedan forms, the 2017 Sonic adopts a look like its crossover counterpart, the Trax, which additionally was refreshed earlier this year.

We’re largely followers of the spunky little Sonic, and this update shouldn’t adjustment our minds also much. Nil under the skin is altered, and the brand-new look represents an appropriate, if subtle, upgrade. The hood, front fascia, and the headlights are new, and the Sonic additionally adopts optional LED accent lights and a smaller sized grille. Out back, the rear fascia and taillamps are slightly reshaped, even though we can’t tell a lot of a difference.

New Hues, Rims, and Trims

The Sonic’s currently extensive color palette is broader for 2017, including hues including Orange Burst Metallic, Brimstone, Cajun Red Tintcoat, and Arctic Blue Metallic. The 15-, 16-, and 17-inch wheels additionally are new.

The Sonic sedan still is readily available in LS and LT models, even though the fanciest trim, previously called LTZ, has actually been renamed Premier. The hatchback lineup is changing a bit more. It previously available LS, LT, LTZ, and sporty RS trim levels, however Chevrolet will certainly now use the RS treatment—including a stiffer suspension, sport exhaust, and a physique kit—to all of Sonic hatchbacks, which come just in LT and Premier trims. As before, Sonic sedan buyers that want a bit much more excitement can easily additionally go with an RS package that brings comparable upgrades and now makes the four-door look enjoy a full-dimension Chevy SS that’s been squished in to a smaller sized box for delivery.

More Techy Inside

Chevy has actually yet to provide any sort of photos of the 2017 Sonic’s interior, so we’ll have actually to wait until next week’s New York auto show to observe the brand-new gauge cluster and its analog speedometer for ourselves (the outgoing Sonic used a motorcycle-encouraged digital gauge cluster, which we liked). Otherwise, newly optional features consist of a electricity driver’s seat, keyless entry and push-button start, heated fabric seats, and a heated steering wheel. Models equipped along with the 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen now provide Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

There are no modifications to the standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine or the optional 1.4-liter turbocharged four. The 2 make 138 horsepower, however the smaller sized turbo’s 148 lb-ft of torque is 23 more powerful compared to that of the standard engine, making it our preference. The 2 engines go on to be available along with a six-rate manual or a six-rate automatic—the turbo along with the stick is the method to go.

The carryover mechanicals mean that fuel economy shouldn’t adjustment considerably from the 2016 Sonic’s EPA ratings. They currently range from 25–29 mpg city and 33–40 highway for the 1.4-liter, along with the 1.8-liter at 24–26 mpg city and 35 highway, which puts the Sonic behind the class leaders.

Don’t anticipate a lot of a pricing adjustment for the tweaked 2017 Sonic, either; the 2016 model started at $15,2twenty for a manual-transmission sedan LS and ranged up to $22,370 for an RS along with the automatic in either physique style. anticipate to observe the 2017 Sonic in dealerships this fall.

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