The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic ranks among the best subcompact cars. It has loads of seating and cargo space, easy-to-use tech features, and capable performance. The 2016 Sonic is stylish and comfortable with its modern look that avoids the boxy, bland “econocar” look of many small cars with large interior volumes. It’s a nice balance of bold and conservative, and it looks every bit like a Chevrolet. The stylists hid the handles for its rear doors in the black trim connecting the roof pillar and door to execute a slightly coupe-like surface, and the hatchback’s short rear and longer front overhangs combine to make it feel sporty. Additionally, its passengers will find their ride pleasantly quiet with muted engine and road noise.
The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic received top safety scores from both the IIHS and the NHTSA. The Sonic is rated at five stars overall (the highest possible score), and gets five stars in every other rating except rollover, for which it gets four out of five stars. The IIHS rated the 2016 model a Top Safety Pick, giving it the top rating of “Good” on every test. Those include not only the moderate-overlap front crash, side crash, and roof-crush tests, as well as its seats and headrests, but also the new and tougher small-overlap front crash test—which has tripped up many smaller vehicles, and some larger ones too.
Once received the Sonic was passed through our shop and fully inspected. We replaced the front brake pads and rotors as well as the splash shield. We also performed an oil change, and replaced the cabin filter. The summer tires are brand new. The front brakes are at 100% and the rear is a drum.