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The 2017 Chevy Sonic: A Not-So-Small Subcompact


There’s a false belief that small cars are only built for two, that their cramped cabins are inhospitable environments for groups. Now, with the new 2017 Sonic making its mark on the world, that myth has finally been debunked—thankfully. Take a look at this month’s featured Chevrolet model below to discover all the reasons why the 2017 Chevy Sonic is revolutionizing the subcompact market.


Impeccable Style in Sedan or Hatchback Form

The 2017 Sonic’s litter includes three primary trims.

The Sonic LS comes available with a manual or automatic transmission. Its splashes of exterior style come from standard and optional features like 15” wheels, LED headlights, molded splash guards, and a roof rack with cross rails. Inside, the 2017 Sonic LS comes with a standard four-speaker audio system with USB connectors, deluxe instrument panel in Jet Black, Sports Cloth seat trim, and all-season carpeted floor mats.

Next in line is the Sonic LT, which is also offered as manual or automatic. Unlike the base LS, the Sonic LT is available as both a sedan and a hatchback.


The LT sedan offers optional bowtie emblems, front fog lamps, a sporty rocker, and an integrated rear spoiler. Standard on the car are features like tinted glass, automatic headlight control, chrome moldings, heated side mirrors, a six-speaker audio system, Graphite Silver Metallic instrument panel, and more.

The LT hatchback comes standard with rear window wipers, a spoiler, fog lights, 16” white aluminum wheels, and the RS Package. Also optional with the Sonic 5-door are the Krypton Green and Fun and Sun packages, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and a power sunroof.

Atop the Sonic pyramid is the Premier trim, which shares the same manual/automatic and sedan/hatch options as the LT model. The sedan boasts 17” painted aluminum wheels, 6-way power driver’s seat, upgraded information center, heated seats, keyless open, and options like a sport body kit.

Definitely Not a Cramped Cabin


In the sedan mold, the 2017 Sonic stretches to a length of nearly 174 inches, or about 14.5 feet—far more than you’d expect from a car labeled as “subcompact.” This length translates to about 90 cubic feet of passenger volume, allowing up to five travelers to sit comfortably in front and back. Trunk space comes in at a pretty typical 14.9 cubic feet, though its roomy cabin more than makes up for the foot or two missing in the cargo area.

The Sonic Hatchback ups the cargo volume to 19 cubic feet with the rear seat up, and opens up 47.7 cubic feet when those seats are folded down. It’s truly one of the most spacious small cars on the market, especially considering it is approximately a foot shorter than the sedan. What’s most extraordinary is the hatchback’s passenger volume; at 90.6 cubic feet, its cabin feels even larger than that of its sedan counterpart.

Smart & Efficient Engines

An ECOTEC 1.8L 4-cylinder engine powers the Sonic LS and LT trims. This produces 138 horsepower and achieves approximately 34 MPG on the highway. Upgrade to the Sonic Premier, and you’ll discover a Turbo 1.4L under the hood. Also making an efficient 138 horsepower, this engine helps the 2017 Sonic achieve up to an EPA-estimated 38 MPG highway.

Test Drive a New Sonic at Our Chevy Dealership near Kansas City

Small cars have taken the industry by storm, and the charming 2017 Chevy Sonic remains a leading force in the push toward eco-friendly travel. Take the all-new Sonic for a test run around Lee’s Summit and Kansas City, and we’re certain you’ll enjoy this subcompact go-getter.

Visit our Chevrolet dealership near Kansas City, or contact us at 816-875-4678 to schedule a test drive in the 2017 Sonic or any of our new Chevrolet cars. In addition to selling new Chevy vehicles, we’re also a trusted Lee’s Summit used car dealership, so make sure to check out our inventory of used and certified pre-owned GM cars!


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