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Chevrolet Sonic



  • Yes, I bought my 2013 Sonic HB with MyLink in January and the same happened to me.
    In fact, it was evening when I got to the car with the salesman to explain features and I told him it was getting late and all I was really interested in was haveing my cell connected via bluetooth so I could use the voice activated handsfree --- He was like "no problem" and proceeded to be dumbfounded by the fact that even though we could "connect" the cell with the mylink he could not get the voice activation to work..... He gave up after about 30 min. of trying and said he would try to call someone on Monday and get directions. ( of course, we now know it does not work)
    This is a VERY serious mis representation of the literature and advertising for this car --- the two year old Hyundai I traded in had the voice activation and I would not have selected a car without it ---- what can I do now ?
  • I guess it's good to hear that I am not the only person having this issue. I really hope GM makes this right.
    I have another question for you since you have the same Mylink radio.
    My Bluetooth will only work if I dial from the phone. If I use the radio to dial a number, it only rings one time then hangs-up. The tech thought it may be my phone. Are you having the same issues?
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    I'm looking forward to buying a 2013 Sonic "Hatchback" but I have doubts if it'll do.
    My wife and I are in our mid 50's, we work at home and our children are all gone.
    We take one road trip a year about 3,600 miles, packing the vehicle with 2 large luggage, 1 medium luggage, 1 "tote bags", 1 lap top, 1 cooler (plug in type), 1 case of soft drink, 1 case of bottled water, 1 case for 48 CD's.
    P.S. I want to have a clear view out of my rear window.

    Should I consider the Sonic "Hatchback" or look for something else.
  • Mine works fine to dial from Mylink touchscreen -- I have Samsung Galaxy S3 running android 4.1
  • Well, if you want to be able to put your passenger seat in a reclining position sometimes then I'd say look elsewhere. Otherwise I would say if you placed the rear saeat down you'd be able to manage and still see out.

    If I were you I would take the empty luggage, cooler, tote bag etc etc and go to dealership and take a "test fill"
  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Hey! Great idea.
    Usually my G.M. Dealer lets me bring the vehicle that I'm interested in home to show it to my wife because on the first visit my wife stays home.
    I could prepare all my stuff and check it out once I get home.
    Yesssss! :)
    Thank you!
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,319
    Great review as usual and I totally agree with all you've written. We had to move a bunch over to Tampa a few weeks back and they all were brand new with the plastic still covering the seats and parts of the exterior. The bad part was we all had to put more petrol into it before we got to our Tampa destination but since all the cars had between 3 and 6 miles on them, I guess this was to be expected. They all had full tanks before we left Miami to so I was somewhat taken aback here. They drove nicely but when the wind started to pick up, I did have to make more corrections to the steering as it got pushed around a bit. It's a decent appliance but do prefer the Accent and Versa that we currently own and wouldn't consider the's not even on the wife's short list right now. I prefer the Rio and she likes the Accent so we'll see. The Rio has the nicer dash and better seats in my opinion for about the same price and I'd bet all the upkeep could be done at our Hyundai store which is right across the street since they basically are the same company. The Rio also looks a bit nicer and sportier to me especially in the hatch version but she prefers the sedan. I did see a optioned out red 5 door in the showroom that was a real that moment if they had said we'll trade even steven for your '06 Civic, I probably would've handed over the keys! I really don't mind the smaller size and it was stunning in that red color with the alloys...I would've been a happy camper!

    But for someone who needs solid transport and doesn't have a lot of cash, this Spark is a good choice and it really scoots about nicely.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • iammilitarymaniammilitaryman Posts: 5
    edited March 2013
    I found that the Rio and Accent were ruled out on my car shopping trips for one thing they seem to have in common --- very reduced rear visibility out of the hatchbacks
    The small rear glass is on such an angle that the actual amount of sightline in rear is scary for me.... I found the larger, near vertical rear glass of the Sonic to fit the bill
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,911
    You didn't find the HUGE C-pillars on the Sonic hatch to reduce rearward visibility?
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,319
    The wife will only drive a sedan so we're good here. I prefer the styling of the Rio and she wants the Accent so we shall see. Since she's fitting the bill, we each buy our own vehicles now, she gets to choose. I just drive the exact model to make sure the alignment is o k and that everything works properly and all the trim pieces match up right. Then we both hit the negotiation table and do our best. It works for us so far.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    Is the Chevrolet Sonic "Hatchback" big enough to take a long road trip?
    Driving will be mostly highway... (Watertown, N.Y. to Miami Beach, Florida).
    We are 2 adults in their mid 50's and we always owned and traveled in S.U.V.'s (Blazers and Equinox) or Vans (Venture and Uplander).
    Is it big enough? Strong enough? Not to scary? Sufficient cargo space for luggage, cooler and necessity?
    What was your longest road trip done in a Sonic?
  • I own a Sonic and Traverse. I use the Sonic to and from work 65 miles. And there is a difference in the ride. The braking and handling is better but if you are used to a smoother ride I would not take the Sonic on a long trip like that. But then again I am getting old and my rear needs a softer ride.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,319
    They drive nicely but since y'all are used to a bit more space, I'd go a bit bigger. it's too bad they don't sell the Captiva here in America, it's a smaller SUV that the rental fleets use...I work for a company that transports rentals and drive these frequently and they are very nice, just perfect for what y'all are looking for actually. After yesterdays trip to the Hyundai dealer to service my kids vehicle, I found the perfect vehicle for you guys. The Hyundai Tuscon, a smallish "cute ute", the perfect sized vehicle for your purposes. or even try the Nissan Rogue, another great choice. A bit more room with that feeling of being a little above other vehicles. Personally, I'd love one for my next vehicle but have come to realize, after yesterday, that it's a bit too big for me. But for y'all, it's just perfect!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
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  • mick1mick1 Posts: 84
    Hi sandman, I live in NY and yesterday I bought a 2012 Chevy Captiva LTZ. You just can't buy them brand new.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,319
    That's what we thought also though I also saw a used LT down here recently. When we looked up Chevy's Canadian site though, there it was for sale. A real shame that we can not buy one here as they are good small ute's especially in the LTZ model...they drive smoothly and are pretty comfortable. I especially like it in silver and red. Still don't see why Chevy doesn't sell them here as not everyone wants an Equonix and I'm sure many would like the smaller size vehicle, I know I would if we were in the market for a ute.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • laserbluelaserblue Posts: 313
    There are 2 vehicles that are sold up here in Canada and it's a shame that they don't sell them in the U.S.
    Check these...the Chevrolet Trax (suv) and the Chevrolet Orlando (apv).
  • mick1mick1 Posts: 84
    Chevy Trax = Buick Encore. I've said my piece.
  • I love the Sonic RS, however I'm a little disappointed in the phone compatibility options. The Sonic uses BringGo as a navigation app that runs through your phone. After I bought the car, it turns out that the app doesn't work with the latest and greatest andriod, the S4. It does work though for the older S3 and S2.

    Also, I was thinking that pictures videos can be viewed from your phone through the usb port. It turns out only pictures and videos on a flash drive can be used.
  • But my piece is that we have both models in Canada and...the Chevy Trax sells for $$ but the Buick Encore sells for $$$$$$$$$$$ for praticly the same vehicle. So again...It's ashame the U.S. don't sell the Chevrolet Trax.

    Do a search on G.M. Canada to see the BIG difference in price between the Trax and Encore.

    You'll realise that the Chevy Trax does not = the Buick Encore at all regarding your wallet.
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