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2015 Chevrolet Sonic Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic on of the better cars in the subcompact car class. It boasts pleasant handling, great tech features, a comfortable interior, and superb safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Peppy turbocharged engine
  • Spacious rear seats and cargo area
  • User-friendly features
  • So-so fuel economy in base model




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Chevrolet Sonic Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic a Good Used Car?

The Chevy Sonic is a very good used subcompact car. Available in sedan and hatchback body styles, the Sonic impresses with user-friendly features, roomy seating space, a smooth ride, decent gas mileage, and zesty pickup from its optional turbocharged engine. The Sonic is also available with advanced safety features like forward collision warning, which isn’t common in the class.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 83 professional evaluations for this 2015 Chevy Sonic review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic?

Our site has over 1,400 listings for the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic, with an average price of about $10,600. Prices range from about $8,000 to roughly $13,500, and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic are estimated to be about $25,292. That’s above average for a subcompact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sonic?

The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic has a base price of $15,420, which is significantly higher than the 2015 model’s price. The 2019 includes a standard rearview camera and a touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Sonic also received an exterior refresh for 2017. Otherwise, there are few differences between the 2019 and 2015 models. If these updates are important to you, go for the new model. Or, choose the 2015 Sonic and save money.

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There are no new subcompact cars in the top half of our rankings that are comparable in price to the highly ranked 2015 Sonic.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Sonic Is Best?

The 2015 Chevy Sonic marks the fourth model year of the vehicle’s first generation. If it’s in your budget, consider the 2017 Sonic, which has a refreshed exterior, a standard rearview camera, and a touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Updates for 2015 include the addition of a standard Wi-Fi hot spot, but the Sonic was otherwise unchanged. You may find similarly equipped 2014 models at lower prices. Notably, the 2013 Sonic isn’t available with forward collision warning, a rearview camera, or lane departure warning.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic?

The 2015 Sonic has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Chevrolet Sonic Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Sonic has three open recalls. The seat-belt warning and ignition chimes may not function, and the radio could have a possible software lockup. Make sure these recalls have been resolved by a dealer before you buy a 2015 Sonic.

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Which Used Chevrolet Sonic Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Sonic comes in four trim levels: LS, LT, LTZ, and RS. The Sonic LTZ is the best choice for most shoppers. It has a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Siri Eyes Free, heated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The upper trims offer even more features. The Sonic LS has a four-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, OnStar with Wi-Fi, manual windows, air conditioning, and remote keyless entry. The Sonic LT has a USB port, satellite radio, six speakers, power windows, remote start, and cruise control. The Sonic RS adds a sport-tuned suspension and leather upholstery.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, but Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Sonic?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Sonic the highest rating of Good in all five areas tested and named it a 2015 Top Safety Pick, which is the institute’s second-highest honor.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sonic an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal crash and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

A rearview camera is standard in Sonic LTZ and RS models, and it’s available in LT models. An Advanced Safety package with forward collision warning and lane departure warning is available in LT, LTZ, and RS trims.

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2015 Chevrolet Sonic Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Sonic or 2015 Chevrolet Spark?

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark hatchback has the same great infotainment features as the larger Sonic. It gets better gas mileage than the Sonic, with up to 31 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, and used models are typically far less expensive. However, the Spark only seats four and has less cargo space than the Sonic. The Spark is plagued by anemic engine power and a below-average reliability rating. Between the two, the Sonic is a better buy.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Sonic or 2015 Ford Fiesta?

The 2015 Sonic is a much better used subcompact car than the 2015 Ford Fiesta. While the Ford may be fun to drive, it trails the Chevy with low safety and reliability ratings, a cramped interior, and awkward infotainment controls.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Sonic or 2015 Chevy Cruze?

Both the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze, a compact car, and the Sonic are good choices in their respective classes. Each offers pleasant handling, user-friendly infotainment features, and peppy performance from their available turbocharged engines. The Cruze is available with a diesel engine that returns a fantastic 44 mpg on the highway. However, the Sonic is often less expensive than the Cruze, and it’s the better cargo hauler in hatchback form.

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2015 Sonic Performance

How Does the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic Drive?

The 2015 Chevy Sonic is available with two 138-horsepower engine options. One is a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, and the other is a turbocharged four-cylinder. A five- or six-speed manual transmission comes standard, depending on the trim level. A six-speed automatic transmission is available.

The base power plant provides acceptable performance, but it’s outshined by the zippier turbo-four, which gives the Sonic quicker acceleration, more passing power, and superior fuel economy.

The Sonic impresses with its balanced handling. It feels composed and athletic through tight turns, and the steering is precise. It also rides comfortably, which isn’t always common in this class. Front-wheel drive comes standard.

Does the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the base 2015 Sonic gets up to 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are low ratings for a subcompact car. Turbocharged models get up to 28/38 mpg city/highway, which are still lower than what rivals like the 2015 Honda Fit and 2015 Fiat 500 get.

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2015 Sonic Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Sonic Seat?

The 2015 Chevy Sonic seats five in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Cloth upholstery is standard; leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. The Sonic’s front seats are comfy and supportive, and they provide a nice seating position. The rear seats provide fine passenger comfort as well, with ample head- and legroom.

The Sonic’s interior is cleanly designed, and it looks upscale. The easy-to-read gauge cluster would look right at home in a sports car. That said, many of the cabin materials consist of hard plastics that feel rather low rent upon closer inspection.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child safety seats, and the middle seat has a tether anchor. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave this system its second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The institute cited lower anchors that are too deep in the seats and other anchors that are difficult to maneuver around.

2015 Chevrolet Sonic Features

The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic comes standard with remote keyless entry, Bluetooth phone connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, a four-speaker audio system, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Available features include power windows, a sunroof, cruise control, remote start, and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, voice recognition, smartphone app integration, a premium six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port, and satellite radio.

The standard audio and climate controls are simple and easy to use. The MyLink touch-screen infotainment system is user-friendly as well, and it adds great features like Pandora internet radio, voice recognition with Siri Eyes Free, and a BringGo navigation app that uses your phone for navigation. The graphics are crisp, though the screen is occasionally slow to recognize inputs.

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2015 Chevrolet Sonic Dimensions

Chevrolet Sonic Cargo Space

The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic sedan has a 14.9-cubic-foot trunk, which is quite large for the subcompact car class. The Sonic hatchback has 19 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats and 47.7 cubic feet with them folded, which is also good for a hatchback. Sedan and hatchback models come standard with a 60/40 split-folding back seat, and the Sonic has numerous small-item storage compartments in the cabin.

2015 Sonic Length and Weight

The 2015 Sonic sedan is 14.4 feet long, while the hatchback is 13.3 feet in length. The Sonic’s curb weight ranges from 2,690 to 2,847 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic Built?

Chevrolet manufactured the 2015 Sonic in Michigan.


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