The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic is available as either a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. A 1.8-liter engine comes standard on all models except Sonic RS. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, a 6-speed automatic is optional with the 1.8-liter engine. The 1.4-liter turbocharged engine is available for LT and LTZ models and standard on the RS. The 1.4-liter turbo comes with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
Sonic LS sedan ($14,200) and Sonic LS hatchback ($14,800) come with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, interior air filter, manually adjustable seats, trip computer, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, 60/40 split folding rear seat, OnStar telematics service, AM/FM stereo with auxiliary jack and four speakers, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, a roof spoiler, front floor mats, remote keyless entry, power door locks, trip computer, automatic headlights, and P195/65R15 tires on steel wheels with wheel covers. All hatchback models come standard with a rear washer/wiper and a rear spoiler. Chevrolet's new MyLink infotainment system is optional ($595), as is a 6-speed automatic transmission ($1095).
Sonic LT sedan ($15,635) and Sonic LT hatchback ($16,235) get upgraded cloth upholstery, cruise control, USB port, heated outside power mirrors, power windows, rear floor mats, a six-speaker premium sound system with CD player and satellite radio capability, and alloy wheels. LTs with the automatic transmission also get remote starting and the hatchback adds a rear cargo cover. LT buyers can get the MyLink infotainment system ($200); the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine ($700); and a Wheels and Fog Lamps package for sedan ($495) or hatchback ($345) with fog lamps, P205/55R16 tires, and, for the sedan, a rear spoiler.
Sonic LTZ sedan ($17,245) and LTZ hatchback ($17,845) upgrade with leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, wheel-mounted audio controls, Chevy's MyLink infotainment system, a USB port, Bluetooth phone and music connectivity, fog lights, and P205/50R17 tires. A sunroof is offered for the LTZ ($850), as well as the new RS.
Sonic RS ($20,200) is offered only as a hatchback. It comes standard with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, more aggressive gearing, leatherette/synthetic-suede upholstery, a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminum pedals, sports suspension, and unique 17-inch wheels.
Safety features on all models include antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and panic brake assist; electronic stability control with rollover sensor, traction control, tire-pressure monitor, hill-hold feature, and 10 airbags: front driver and passenger, seat mounted thorax side-impact, head curtain, rear side-impact and front knee airbags.