For a lot of people, including many of our customers, downsizing has become a great way to minimize their stress and find a lifestyle that is simpler and more relaxed. One of the easiest ways to downsize your life is with a small car, and if you are interested in a small vehicle, then the 2020 Chevy Sonic is one of the very best options out there for you. This is a small car that does not sacrifice impressive power and nimble performance, making it fun and rewarding to drive while keeping costs down at the gas pump.
One of the best things about the Sonic is that it is available as either a standard sedan or a hatchback, so you can get functionality and style that really meets your needs. The engine is the same in either option, delivering impressive horsepower and powerful performance that makes this small beauty an absolute blast to drive. Despite its petite size, you still get plenty of interior cargo space, especially if you go with a hatchback model, making it a great choice for loading up for the weekend and getting away from it all.
Multiple trims are available for either configuration, so you can really customize your ride and get exactly what you want. There are great interior features and tech options available on the 2020 Chevy Sonic, which makes it a fantastic choice for downsizing your lifestyle without giving up on the latest niceties. Plus, this is one of the safest cars on the road with an impressive suite of available active safety features to protect you and your loved ones. Come see the sleek and sporty Chevy Sonic today, here at McCluskey Chevrolet in Cincinnati, OH, and discover what your next adventure might look like.
A single engine is available on the 2020 Chevy Sonic, regardless of if you choose the standard sedan configuration or if you prefer a hatchback. This is not unusual for a small car like this, as there is not much need for numerous options that could improve things like 0-60 speed or towing capacity, which are a consideration for performance vehicles and pickup trucks. For a small car like the Sonic, one engine is plenty, especially because it is so impressive.
The 2020 Chevy Sonic comes with a 1.4L Turbo 4-cylinder engine that delivers up to 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. This comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which includes a thumb selector that you can use to shift between all of the gears in manual mode if you choose. If you like to leave it in automatic for a smooth, effortless ride, then you can; and if you prefer to take control and shift gears yourself, you can. It is the perfect option for every kind of driver.
Due to the sporty, light-weight design of the 2020 Chevy Sonic, you get excellent fuel economy, whether you choose the sedan or the hatchback configuration. In either case, the Sonic gets an EPA estimated 26 mpg in the city and up to 34 mpg on the highway, for a combined fuel efficiency of up to 29 mpg. With a fuel tank that holds just over 12 gallons, you can go a long way and cover a lot of distance between fill-ups, saving you time and money.
One of the biggest concerns a lot of people have when considering a small car like the 2020 Chevy Sonic is how much room they will have inside the vehicle. Fortunately, the Sonic delivers excellent interior space both for passengers in the front and back as well as for cargo like shopping bags or camping supplies. This will change a little depending on whether you choose the standard sedan configuration or the hatchback, however, so keep that in mind.
With a sedan model of the Sonic, you get nearly 39 inches of front seat head room and more than 41 inches of front leg room. The sedan also gives you nearly 38 inches of rear head room and nearly 35 inches of rear leg room. Overall length of the Sonic sedan is about 174 inches, and it offers nearly 15 cu.ft. of trunk space.
If you go with a 2020 Chevy Sonic hatchback, then you lose some overall length but without it disrupting your passengers. The hatchback has the same amount of head room and leg room for both the front and rear seating, and offers seating for up to 5 people just like the sedan. With the hatchback design, however, you get up to 19 cu.ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat, and more than 47 cu.ft. of cargo space with the rear seat down. The hatchback version of the Sonic is about 160 inches in length, making it easier to fit into a garage.
For the most part, your interior features and options on the 2020 Chevy Sonic are the same whether you look at the sedan or the hatchback. There are a few differences, but they are quite similar. The bigger indicator of interior features is the trim you choose – just keep in mind there are three trims available for the sedan and only two for the hatchback.
The LT trim, for either the sedan or hatchback, features a 4-way manual adjustable driver seat and 2-way adjustable front passenger seat, with a 6-speaker audio system. Standard air conditioning is included, along with a 7-inch Infotainment system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Remote keyless entry is standard, while remote start is available on the sedan and standard on the hatchback, with cloth seating, steering wheel controls, and USB ports.
If you look at the Premier trim for the 2020 Chevy Sonic, you get a lot of the same features, but with many upgrades and options included. For example, the Premier includes 6-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats, an air filtration system, and a compass display. The Premier includes an enhanced driver information center, along with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel in the sedan, and both keyless open and remote start on both the sedan and hatchback. You get leatherette seating with the Premier, plus a wide range of advanced safety features are available on it.
The 2020 Chevy Sonic is not only a fast and sporty vehicle, but also an incredibly safe one. While the standard safety features are great, the range of available options really takes the Sonic to the next level and make for an unbelievably safe small car. You can choose these available safety features on both the LT and the Premier trim, but if you choose the LS sedan trim, then some are unavailable.
Standard safety features on the Sonic include an astounding ten airbags, which is incredible when you think about the small size of this vehicle, and 4-wheel antilock brakes. There are brake assist and rear child security door locks features, along with electronic brake force distribution and electronic traction control. Hill start assist, LED daytime running lamps, and a rear vision camera are also standard, along with a tire pressure monitoring system.
Available safety features for the LT and Premier trims include a forward collision alert, which warns you when it detects that a front-end collision is likely to occur and lets you know when you are following a vehicle too closely. There is also a lane departure warning that alerts you when you cross a lane marker without signaling. Finally, you can get rear park assist, which alerts you when you get close to a nearby detected object in order to help you park more easily and avoid bumping into objects when backing up at low speed.
The 2020 Chevy Sonic LS Sedan comes equipped with a standard EcoTec 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. This is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, giving the Sonic LS Sedan the power you want and the efficiency you need. This engine has been rated to produce up to 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.
The front-wheel drive LS Sedan has excellent fuel efficiency, with drivers expected to get 26 miles per gallon in city driving and 34 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2020 Chevy Sonic LS Sedan rides on 15-inch steel wheels with bolt-on covers and all-season tires.
There are a great many standard safety features to be found on the LS Sedan. These features include ten airbags, 4-wheel antilock brakes, brake assist, electronic traction control, and hill start assist. Other features include LED daytime running lights, a rear vision camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control.
There is also a free one-month trial subscription to Chevrolet Connected Services and OnStar Safety & Security Plan. For entertainment, the LS Sedan features the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with a 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen. You can connect your smartphone to the system through Bluetooth as well as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, depending on your phone’s operating system.
The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System also includes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and there are USB ports so you and your passengers can charge your mobile devices during your trip. The LS Sedan also has a 4-speaker audio system, allowing you and your passengers to listen to music or your favorite programming in the convenience of your 2020 Chevy Sonic.
With the 2020 Chevy Sonic LT, Chevrolet gives you the choice of whether you want a standard 4-door, front-wheel drive sedan, or a 5-door, front-wheel drive hatchback. Either way, you will be getting a fuel-efficient EcoTec 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine can produce up to 138 horsepower and up to 148 lb-ft of torque.
In addition, both the sedan and hatchback will have plenty of standard safety features. These features include electronic traction control, hill start assist, LED daytime running lights, a tire pressure monitoring system, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control. Drivers of the Sonic LT also receive a one-year trial subscription to OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services.
Finally, both come equipped with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with a 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen. This system allows you to turn your LT Hatch into a mobile 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. You and your passengers can also charge your devices on the car’s USB ports, and connect your smartphones to the system via Bluetooth as well as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Nevertheless, there are a number of differences between the two configurations, and it is more than just one having a hatchback and the other a standard trunk.
The LT Hatch rides on all-season tires on 16-inch aluminum wheels. In contrast, the LT Sedan is equipped with 15-inch painted aluminum wheels and all-season tires. In addition, you can opt for the addition of a sport suspension or an RS lowering suspension kit on the LT Hatch, optional features not available on the LT Sedan.
The LT Hatch also comes with standard fog lamps, an integrated rear spoiler, sporty rocker moldings, Chevrolet black bowtie emblems, and RS badging, items that are only available as an option on the LT Sedan. Finally, due to the difference in configuration, the two models ride on a different suspension system that lowers the LT Hatch as a result of its hatchback. Interestingly enough, the presence of a hatchback actually gives the rear seat in the LT Hatch slightly more headroom than in the LT Sedan.
The decision between the two comes down to personal preference. If you like the look and feel of a standard sedan, then you should probably choose the Sonic LT Sedan. If, on the other hand, you need the extra storage space and want something a little sportier, then you may prefer the Sonic LT Hatch. One thing is for sure: no matter which one you choose, you are getting a great little car.
The 2020 Chevy Sonic Premier comes in two configurations: a four-door, front-wheel drive Sedan or a five-door, front-wheel drive Hatch. Both run on an EcoTec 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system. It is incredibly fuel efficient, with drivers able to get 26 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. The 1.4-liter engine on both models of the Sonic Premier can produce up to 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.
There are plenty of standard safety features on the Sonic Premier, including 10 airbags, 4-wheel antilock brakes, brake assist panic, electronic traction control, hill start assist, LED daytime running lights, a rear vision camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control. The Premier also comes with a one-year subscription to OnStar Safety & Security Plan and Chevrolet Connected Services.
You can stay connected in your Sonic Premier with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with a 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen. This features a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto depending on your smartphone’s operating system, and a free 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. There are plenty of USB ports for you and your passengers to keep your mobile devices charged, and the Infotainment 3 System can turn your Sonic Premier into a mobile 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. There is also an enhanced driver information center, keeping you apprised of your Sonic Premier’s performance in real-time. Completing the package are perforated leatherette seats and keyless open and start.
Despite these similarities, there are a number of differences between the Premier Sedan and the Premier Hatch. The Premier Sedan rides on a touring suspension. This is designed to increase traction while providing a smoother ride and a more stable driving experience. In contrast, the Premier Hatch utilizes a sport-tuned suspension. This lowers the entire vehicle by 10 mm compared to the Sonic Premier Hatch. As a result, it helps to provide precise body motion control, depending on the driving condition.
Further, the Premier Sedan has 17-inch painted aluminum wheels with all-season tires, while the Premier Hatch rides on 17-inch painted Black aluminum wheels with all-season tires. The Sonic Premier Hatch also has standard fog lamps, an integrated rear spoiler, sporty rocker moldings, Chevrolet black bowtie emblems, and RS badging, items that are only available as an option on the Premier Sedan.
Basically, it comes down to need. If you prefer a vehicle that will give you a comfortable ride, then the Sonic Premier Sedan may be your best choice. On the other hand, if you like the added trunk space and prefer to drive a vehicle with a more sporty approach, then the Sonic Premier Hatch would be your best bet. Either way, you are certain to drive out happy in a brand new 2020 Chevy Sonic Premier.
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