Have you outgrown your first vehicle and now need a second reliable car? Are you a first-time buyer trying to find a bargain with real value? Take a good, long look at the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic. This subcompact four-door sedan takes good care of your needs without leaving a sedan-sized hole in your bank account.
There’s a reason they call this the best car for first-time buyers. The Chevy Sonic has a price tag you can live with, whether you’re just starting out in life or you have your first teenage driver. Starting at $15,420, you can’t get much more affordable without seriously impacting quality. And there is real quality in the Sonic. No one will confuse this Chevy for a luxury vehicle, by any means, but the interior is easy on the eyes, spacious for a subcompact, and even looks modern because of a center console that really brings the cabin together.
Standard features on the Sonic include cloth seats, a wide 60/40 split-folding rear seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, OnStar telematics system, and rearview camera, plus a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system that includes four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Most cars at this price level don’t offer half that. Some don’t even offer power windows and locks. The Sonic is an absolute bargain, and don’t let anybody tell you different.
Good Fuel Economy
Another way to save is at the pump. And the 2019 Chevy Sonic aims to please you at the gas station too. The Sonic gets 27 miles to the gallon in the city and 38 miles on the highway. Critics might say that’s below average for the subcompact class, but this is a class known for its great fuel economy anyway, as anyone who drives a truck or minivan can jealously attest. Between the savings at the dealership and the savings at the pump, we think you’ll keep a lot of cash in your wallet buying a Sonic.
Anyone buying a subcompact car probably worries about cabin space. Well, for its size, the Chevy Sonic feels pretty roomy. Due to smart design, the Sonic makes good use of every square inch of cabin space. For example, the Sonic’s rear seat is one of the roomiest in its class. And then there’s several other small details—supportive seats, great suspension, and standard driver armrest—that make the Sonic a breath of fresh air in a usually cramped class of car.
That space-efficient mentality bleeds through to the trunk as well. There drivers will find 14.9 cubic feet of storage space. If you get the hatchback instead of the sedan, there’s 19 cubes back there. Of course, that standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat opens up further to reveal 47.7 cubic feet. That’s a ton of room for a subcompact car.