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2020 Chevrolet Sonic Interior Review


Interior: 7.8

The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic looks pretty good inside, though the materials quality could be better. The seats are comfortable, and both rows have ample head- and legroom for adults. Cargo space is good for the class, and a user-friendly infotainment system comes standard.

  • "Unfortunately, cheap plastics abound and thick roof pillars reduce visibility." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Whether sedan or hatchback, the Sonic's 5-passenger interior is eye-pleasing, roomy for its size and has an air of sophistication thanks to the standard 7-inch touch screen that dominates the center front of the cockpit." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The new gauge cluster is more traditional, placing a conventional tachometer to the left of a large analog speedometer that replaces last year's bright-blue digital display. An optional enhanced Driver Information Center collects everything from current speed and direction to average fuel economy and distance driven into one easy-to-read package." -- Autotrader (2017)


The Chevrolet Sonic seats five people and comes with cloth upholstery. Upgraded cloth upholstery, synthetic leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Up front, the seats are comfortable and supportive. Both rows of seats are spacious enough for adult passengers, and it's easy to get in and out of the rear seats.

For installing child safety seats, the Sonic has two complete sets of LATCH connections for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the middle seat. The lower anchors are set too deep in the seat cushions, so there's little room to maneuver your hands around the anchors.

  • "The comfortable front seats are a highlight, with decent bolstering for spirited driving and a comfortable driver-seat armrest. … There's plenty of head- and legroom both up front and in the back, though elbow room is tight all around. The large door openings make it easy to get in and out." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the segment." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "When combined, the Sonic's supportive seats, excellent suspension, standard driver armrest -- a rarity in the subcompact market -- and tilt-telescopic steering wheel made for one of the most comfortable rides of any small vehicle we've driven." -- Autotrader (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Sonic include OnStar connectivity services, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Available features include power windows, cruise control, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

The Sonic comes with a touch screen that's easy to see and read. The infotainment interface is intuitive, and standard features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to sync your smartphone with the car.

See 2020 Chevrolet Sonic specs »

  • "Take for example a built-in 4G LTE hotspot, which allows driver and passenger to use its more powerful radio modem and more sensitive antenna far after their smartphones' signals have gone down to a single bar. Likewise, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are standard and bring your smartphone experience right into the big, center-mounted touchscreen." -- Edmunds


The Chevrolet Sonic sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is one of the highest totals among sedans in the subcompact car class. The hatchback model has 19 cubic feet behind its rear seat and 47.7 cubic feet with the second row folded down. Those are some of the best numbers in the class, regardless of body style. Standard split-folding rear seats give you some flexibility when you need to haul larger cargo.

  • "Utility is part of the Sonic game plan. The sedan version features a big 14.9-cubic-foot trunk, while the hatchback features 19 cubic feet behind its folding rear seats. Both figures are more than what you typically get from this class of car." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "… the versatile and recommendable hatchback models offer 47.7 cubic feet of cargo room with rear seats folded. That's still less than a Honda Fit hatchback, but the Chevy has more space than the Honda with the rear seats up. … We also like the handy dual-glove-box arrangement." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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. The rear seat backs fold but rest slightly above the cargo floor. … [H]atchbacks have a panel behind the seat backs that gives the perception of a completely flat load floor while providing a covered storage space underneath. It's a clever arrangement that we wish was standard on the LS hatch as well. Sonic includes two gloveboxes. The top one houses the auxiliary stereo and USB input ports. … There's a shallow tray on top of the dashboard, a small cubby beneath the climate controls, door map pockets, and a total of three cupholders that make up the car's interior storage." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
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