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Chevrolet Sonic



  • dodgeman07dodgeman07 Posts: 574
    Yes, the 1.4L Turbo is available with an automatic except on base LS models where the 1.8L is the only engine choice.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    I also thought that the turbo was available only with the "standard" transmission only.
    Great! Turbo with an automatic transmission.
    Might be be the one, then I could get more torque to load it and go on my trips and face those mountains.
  • Did anyone know that the person sitting in the front passenger seat has to be more then 103lbs or the air bag will not activate? I did not, I found out when my 94lb wife sat there and it did not go on. I inquired with Chevy and there answer was that is the way we designed it. I own a Traverse and the air bag goes on when she sits in that car. I am not sure if I would have purchased the car knowing that.
  • dodgeman07dodgeman07 Posts: 574
    edited March 2012
    You have bad information and should contact Chevrolet Customer Service. Many 10 to 12 year old children, and some teenagers, would have no airbag protection if that was true.

    I had a Malibu a few years ago that would activate it's passenger airbag around 60 lbs. I know this because a heavy box would cause the "Fasten Seat Chime" to activate with the airbag "on" light at that weight.

    Some vehicles are set up differently and can be adjusted by the dealership. Until you get it resolved, try having your wife fasten her seat prior to starting the vehicle. That may activate the passenger airbag in the interim.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    The Inside Line editors are looking for Sonic owners who have odor problems to describe them for us: What's the odor? What did they do about it? Did they complain to GM? What happened then?

    More in the Long Term Road Test blogs.

  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Reminds me of one of my Dad's car in the 70's
    My Dad had bought a brand new Cadillac Fleetwood and after a couple of weeks a foul smell was coming out of somewhere but could find the source of it. Went to the dealer many times and the dealer always sprayed deodorant in the car. Great...but the smell came back.
    My friend had a german sheppard and I told my Dad "Let the dog do his stuff like we see in the movies". The dog was always going back to the front passenger's door. My Dad went to the dealer and told them to take the door panel off and check...sure enough, there was a paper bag with what seemed to be a sandwich and an orange.
    It was a big ball of mold stuck on the door panel.
    The problem was settled and found by a "dog" that we nicknamed "G.M." afterwards.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,911
    I got a Sonic rental on a two-day trip last week and got to put about 100 miles on it. It was a sedan, didn't catch the trim level but it seemed pretty well equipped including alloys.

    The driving position was comfortable, with a firm seat. Controls and displays were good for an economy car, with smooth and simple rotary HVAC controls and a meaty wheel that looked like the one used in the Cruze. I actually liked the digital display for speed etc., which I thought was gimmicky the first time I saw it. Interior materials seemed good for the price, although I would have liked padded armrests. Not much padding at all inside, including the dash.

    The car seemed solid and hefty, and the ride was fairly quiet most of the time--got a little loud over expansion strips on the highway. The ride was pretty smooth for a subcompact, but the suspension had trouble masking out things like tar patches. The engine felt smooth and quiet, to the point I did something I hadn't done for quite awhile--I restarted the car... while it was running I mean. :blush: The 6AT shifted smoothly, but seemed to mute the power from the engine, which should have been enough to move the car out smartly... it was just OK. The steering had a vague feeling and I kept having to correct it in order to keep the car from wandering.

    I checked out the back seat and was able to squeeze in behind the driver's seat without much trouble. (I am 5'9-1/2".) It would be OK for an hour or two but that's it. Par for the course for this class--better than some (like Fiesta), not as good as others (like Versa). Hard plastic armrests back there also, and no center armrest.

    I didn't use the trunk much but it seemed pretty roomy for a small car, with its high trunk lid.

    All in all, a huge improvement over the Aveo (RIP) and not a bad rental car if I can't get my usual free upgrade. But I wouldn't buy one. Steering is too vague, and rear seat room not as much as I need. I'd rather spend a few more bucks and get a compact car, or spend the same or less bucks and get a nicer car, slightly used.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    edited May 2012
    >>>The Inside Line editors are looking for Sonic owners who have odor problems>>>

    he, he, he..... I thought you wanted Sonic owners to admit to personal hygiene issues. So it is the car that smells, not the drivers? :P
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  • There are multiple reasons for better or worse MPG.
    A donut spare tire weighs perhaps 30 lbs. That's not sufficient to make an MPG difference.

    Junkyard studies indicate that about 97% of cars there have never had the spare down. That's why the trend to donuts and then to cans of fix-a-flat.

    A spare is a total waste. Until you're on the side of the road and need it.
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    I rather drive around with my 30 lbs. spare time that could come handy but always have in mind to check my p.s.i on all 4 tires on my car every 2 weeks with a gage, keep my car's alignment always in shape, watch my driving habits, (some people race to the red light and then race to leave it), never let the car "idle", and leave the car with its spare tire and walk instead if possible...this is a better way to save gas than going around town with no spare tire in the trunk to lighten the vehicle.
  • dws2kdws2k Posts: 12
    I recently purchased a Chevy Sonic. Greta car, but lately have been having hard starts. Has anyone else experience these issues. Took it to dealer the other day and they said everything looked good. My wife just out of town for the holiday and it sat all day yesterday. When she went to start it today, it wouldn't start. Only 15,000 miles on it.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    Congratulations on your new Sonic, dws2k! However, we're sorry that this starting concern is perhaps clouding your experience with your vehicle. If we can follow up on your dealership visit with them and look into where to go from here, please contact us at with more information (including your name and contact details, a summary of the situation, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and the name of your involved dealership).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • dws2kdws2k Posts: 12
    I was told the problem is the battery. Chevy replaced it and we will keep monitoring it. I was told batteries in Florida don't last long and cells go bad. I do hope this was the case and nothing more.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    Thank you for the update, dws2k! Hopefully the battery replacement has resolved your electrical concerns and we wish you many safe and happy miles.

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
    A reporter is looking for a subcompact car owner or shopper to weigh in on what kind of impact a sleeker design, like the "Furia" concept released in Detroit, would have on their purchase decision. If you own or are looking for a subcompact car, and think a sleeker design would impact which car you buy, please send your daytime contact info to no later than Monday, January 21, 2013 at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET.


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  • I have a 2013 Sonic with MyLink. The Voice commands will not work, and the dealer is telling me that it's not an option on this car. Yet the owners manual and Chevy themselves says it's there. What are other owners seeing?
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    If you would like for us to check into this further for you, tricky4, please email us the last 8 digits of your VIN and inquiry to us via email at We'll do our best to get to the bottom of what's happening with your infotainment system.
    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • The last 8 digits are D4152948
    The real issue that I was sold a Sonic with Mylink, and part of the sales pitch was that it had hands free voice commands that I could use with the radio. When I attempted to set it up and use it, it didn't work. Then when I took it to the dealer because it wouldn't work, the dealer and GM told me that it does not have this option. This as me a little upset that GM can sell a product that is not even there. I was looking to see if there was other Sonic buyers that are having the same issue.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    I've checked into the owner's manual, your vehicles information, the service request you had opened with our Customer Assistance Center, and had my supervisor check with an Infotainment specialist to verify that this information was correct. I want to apologize that you were misinformed at the time of purchase, and I am going to be sending this concern to our marketing department.
    Kindest regards,
    GM Customer Service
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