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2016 Chevrolet Sonic Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic was new.


Interior: 8.0

Critics say the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic has a nice interior for the class, noting that it is modern, attractive and full of useful features. They say the front and rear seats are spacious and comfortable, the controls are straightforward and the motorcycle-style gauges are easy to read. Cargo space is good in both the sedan and hatchback models. Some critics note that the cabin includes a lot of hard plastics, though they recognize that this is fairly common in the class.

  • "There's a lot of fresh thinking inside the 2015 Chevy Sonic and we like it, starting with the motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster that's unlike anything else on a car's dashboard." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • The interior of the 2015 Chevy Sonic is attractive enough, but the extensive use of hard plastics confirms the car's economy focus." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "But the interior is really pretty good for the class, especially the seats. And all the little toys you're getting make it a great deal in that class." -- Jalopnik (2013)


The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic seats five in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Cloth upholstery is standard. Available features include heated front seats and leatherette upholstery. RS models have leather sport seats with faux-suede inserts.

Auto writers report that the Sonic's front seats are among the most comfortable in the subcompact class. The same goes for the spacious rear seat, which can accommodate 6-footers with little trouble, according to critics.

  • "When combined, the Sonic's supportive seats, excellent suspension, standard driver armrest -- a rarity in the subcompact market -- and tilt-telescoping steering wheel made for one of the most comfortable rides of any small vehicle we've driven." -- AutoTrader
  • "The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the subcompact segment." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "I put a few of my 6-foot-plus buddies on board and no one had big complaints." -- AutoWeek (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic include Bluetooth phone connectivity, remote keyless entry, an auxiliary audio input, a four-speaker audio system and the subscription-based OnStar system, which can connect you with a customer service representative and provide a variety of services, including automatic crash response and turn-by-turn navigation. OnStar also includes a 4G LTE data connection and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include power windows, a sunroof, cruise control, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, remote start, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port, satellite radio and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, voice command recognition and smartphone app integration.

Reviewers are impressed with the number of standard and optional features in the Sonic, especially the well-designed touch-screen infotainment system. Critics note that the Sonic's dashboard controls are easy to use, and they especially like the car’s easy-to-read gauge cluster, which has both analog and digital displays.

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  • "The nontraditional gauge cluster places a conventional tachometer to the left of a bright blue digital display that collects everything from current speed and direction to average fuel economy and distance driven into one easy-to-read package." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Sonic's gauges and controls are well laid out and easy to operate." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Also surprising is the Sonic's impressive list of standard and available features that include streaming Bluetooth audio and GM's impressive MyLink infotainment system that allows for hands-free control of messages, apps and music devices." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)


The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the subcompact class. The Sonic hatchback has 19 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 47.7 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded, which is also good for the class. Sedan and hatchback models both come standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Test drivers like that the Sonic has numerous small-item storage compartments throughout the cabin.

  • "The sedan's 14-cubic-foot trunk is among the largest in the segment and can be expanded further with the standard 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "And we really liked the dual glovebox arrangement, which is particularly thoughtful for those who use a dedicated music player, with the USB port located in the smaller, upper glove box." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "There are plenty of handy storage cubbies." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)

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