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2013 Chevrolet Sonic Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic was new.


Interior: 7.8

Several reviewers say the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic’s cabin is constructed with some cheap interior materials, though that is typical in this class. Reviewers are much more impressed with the cabin's straightforward interior controls. They also say the Sonic’s cabin is spacious and fits adults comfortably in both the first and second rows. The Sonic doesn’t have the most cargo room among affordable small cars, but the amount of space available in both the hatchback and sedan models pleases reviewers.

  • "Materials are modest, as you would expect from a subcompact car, but the blend of textures, shapes, and colors gives Sonic a fun, sporty flair." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Sonic surprised me. It's a solid, fun car to drive and the interior is spacious. And the seats were comfortable as well." -- AutoWeek (2012)
  • "Within the cabin, materials quality is decent but not exceptional. Design, though, is quite eye-catching, thanks to an industrial motif that calls to mind modern downtown lofts." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The interior's fairly plain, which isn't bad. But a few plastic parts look and feel cheap." -- USA Today (2012)


The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic seats five. Many test drivers say that the front seats are very comfortable and spacious, even for taller drivers. One reviewer particularly likes the seats that come with the RS model because they are both sporty and upscale. The same reviewer adds that the RS’ cabin is just as quiet as a Buick’s, which is high praise for an affordable small car. There are few comments about rear visibility, but one car reviewer mentions that the rear roof pillars make it hard to see. Test drivers are surprised at how spacious the rear seats are, and more than one says tall adults can fit comfortably in the back.

  • "Also notable is the roominess of the rear seats; they're large enough to comfortably fit a pair of six-footers." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)
  • "On the upside, the RS is remarkably quiet. Sit a blindfolded passenger in the front seat and you could easily convince him he's riding in a Buick. Speaking of the front seats, the ones in the RS look fantastic, upscale, and sporty." -- Motor Trend
  • "I was able to get comfortable quickly behind the wheel, with the seats offering necessary support in all the right places." -- AutoWeek (2012)
  • "Front passengers settle into seats that are welcoming and supportive, even if the cushions are a bit on the flat side. The cabin is roomy throughout, with an emphasis on headroom. Though this is a subcompact, even taller drivers should feel at ease within its interior." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Thick roof pillars partially obstruct the view to the rear corners." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic comes with a four-speaker stereo, auxiliary input jack and Bluetooth. Optional features include a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, USB port and MyLink infotainment system with Bluetooth audio streaming for select phones.

Overall, reviewers find it refreshing that the Sonic’s interior controls are so easy to use. Their praise extends to the radio, which has simple controls and good sound quality. A different reviewer also likes the sound quality of phone calls made with the Bluetooth system, though he didn’t like the voice recognition system.

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  • "The radio is straightforward and easy to use. … The sound system is good and loud; when I wasn't listening to podcasts I had it cranked up pretty far." -- AutoWeek (2012)
  • "One of the things that's most pleasing about subcompacts like the Chevy Sonic is how straightforward and unpretentious they are when it comes to the layout and presentation of their controls. Within the Sonic, controls are placed in a manner that's immediately familiar; they're also labeled in a clear and easily legible way." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Placement of buttons and controls in the Sonic's interior is logical, and they're easy to reach." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "The Sonic's voice-recognition system for hands-free phone calls is poor. The sound quality of hands-free calls is quite good, however." -- The Detroit Free Press (2012)


The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, while the hatchback has 19 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 47.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Reviewers are impressed with the amount of trunk space the Sonic sedan offers and like that the cabin has a lot of interior storage, but they also mention that the hatchback model doesn’t offer as much cargo room as its competitors.

  • "Sedan trunks are deceptively large, with a wide aperture and plenty of space front to back. Hatchbacks are not quite as versatile as the Honda Fit, but they have a fair amount of room." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Plus there are plenty of handy storage cubbies." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)
  • "Cargo volume is respectable but not segment-leading, with the sedan offering 14 cubic feet and the hatchback 19." -- AutoWeek (2012)

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