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2017 Chevrolet Sonic Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

Though the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic's interior is fairly good looking, most of the cabin materials are hard plastics, which is to be expected in this class. The Sonic's front and back seats are plenty comfortable and spacious. Additionally, the standard armrest and tilt and telescoping steering wheel help the driver find a comfortable position. The Sonic comes with lots of features, including a rearview camera and a touch-screen infotainment system, both of which rarely come standard in the class. Physical controls for climate and audio are easy to operate, as is the touch screen, which has intuitive menus. Cargo room is good for the class in both sedan and hatchback body styles.

  • "The interior of the Sonic is attractive enough, but its low price is justified in part by the use of hard plastics throughout." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • "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)

Seating

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic seats five on standard cloth upholstery in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Seating options include heated front seats and leatherette upholstery.

The front seats are comfortable – even for taller occupants – so the driver will have little trouble finding an ideal position. Making things even more comfortable, the Sonic also comes standard with a driver armrest and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, which aren't common for a subcompact. The back seats also offer plenty of room for passengers up to 6-feet tall.

The Sonic has a complete set of LATCH connectors in the rear outboard seats and one upper tether in the rear middle seat.

  • "It earns extra points for comfort, however, as even tall drivers can find a driving position that works. Smaller adults should find the rear seats similarly accommodating by segment standards, with decent amounts of head- and legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the segment." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)

Interior Features

The Sonic has an abundance of standard and available features for 2017. Standard features include a rearview camera, a MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Also standard is a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and the Chevy OnStar system, which alerts Chevrolet in the event of theft or an accident. Keep in mind, however, that the Sonic doesn’t comes standard with power windows, so you'll need to skip the base model to get them.

Optional features in higher trims include dual USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, cruise control, heated front seats, remote start, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear park assist, a lowered suspension, and a sport body kit.

Physical controls are well-organized and easy to use, and the infotainment system's touch-screen menus are straightforward. Still, some critics wish the system were a bit faster to respond. The gauge cluster is easy to read and features an analog display, as well as a digital screen with useful information like fuel economy estimates and distance traveled.

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  • "The Sonic's gauges and controls are well laid out and easy to operate. Standard on all trims is a 7-inch touchscreen with the newest version of Chevy's superb MyLink interface, which also includes smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. MyLink's menus are intuitive enough that it doesn't take long for a first-time user to master its functions and controls. Our only gripe is that it sometimes takes a few beats for inputs to be recognized." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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)

Cargo

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is better than average for a subcompact car. The Sonic hatchback has 19 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seats and 47.7 cubic feet when those seats are folded, which is more space than most hatchbacks offer. However, the Honda Fit and Kia Rio offer slightly more room. Both the sedan and hatchback models come standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. There are also a good amount of small-item storage spaces inside the cabin.

  • "The sedan's 14.9-cubic-foot trunk is among the largest in the segment and can be expanded further with the standard 60/40-folding rear seatbacks. The Sonic hatchback offers 19 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 47.7 cubic feet with them folded down. That's very good, but bested slightly by the Honda Fit (52.7 cubic feet) and the Kia Rio (49.8 cubic feet)." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the segment, and the versatile and recommendable hatchback models offer 47.7 cubic feet of cargo room with rear seats folded. That's still less than [the] Honda Fit hatchback, but the Chevy has more space than the Honda with the rear seats up -- 19 cubic feet vs. the Fit's 16.6." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There are plenty of handy storage cubbies." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)

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