2020 Chevy Sonic Price, Value, Ratings & Reviews | Kelley Blue Book (2023)

Though reports abound that the Chevrolet Sonic’s days are numbered, it is hanging on for at least another year. The Sonic is Chevrolet’s subcompact sedan and hatchback, an economy car that competes with the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa and Kia Rio.

The Sonic comes with a peppy turbocharged engine and still looks fresh — especially in hatchback form — but it lags rivals in most other aspects. It doesn’t offer the kind of active safety features found on competitors, and it costs more than they do, too. Both of those are black marks against a car meant to attract younger buyers and those on a budget.

Moreover, base-model Sonics are still stuck in yesteryear, making you pay extra for the most basic of amenities: power windows. Meanwhile, one feature that some drivers might like — a manual transmission — is no longer available. Unless you are absolutely set on buying a made-in-America car from the bow-tie brand or are smitten by the Sonic’s looks, we think you can do better with one of its competitors.

Used 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Pricing

The Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price for any individual used vehicle can vary greatly according to mileage, condition, location, and other factors, but here's a general idea of what buyers are currently paying for used 2020 Chevrolet Sonic models when purchasing from a dealership.

Original MSRP

KBB Fair Purchase Price (nat'l average)

LS Sedan 4D



LT Sedan 4D



LT Hatchback 4D



Premier Sedan 4D



Premier Hatchback 4D



For reference, the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic originally had a starting sticker price of $17,595, with the range-topping Sonic Premier Hatchback 4D starting at $22,395.

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2020 Chevrolet Sonic LT

Power windows
Cruise control
Aluminum-alloy wheels
6-speaker audio system

2020 Chevrolet Sonic Premier

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17-inch wheels
Heated front seats
Heated steering wheel
6-way-power driver’s seat
Keyless entry

Driving the Used 2020 Chevrolet Sonic

Although it was introduced way back in 2012 and is old by automotive standards, the Sonic’s powertrain and driving manners remain competitive. As Chevy dropped the base 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine last year, that means all come with a small but peppy 1.4-liter turbo-4. Its 138 horsepower is enough to make the small Sonic feel spry. You won’t exactly be winning street races, but it’s more than adequate to hustle the Sonic up freeway onramps without fear of becoming a splat in a semi’s grille.

Where the Sonic most excels is around town and on shorter commutes. Its diminutive size and tight, 34.5-foot turning radius enable it to snake through traffic and squeeze into tight parking spots. The Sonic’s suspension and steering are on the more athletic side, more so if you opt for the sport suspension. Conversely, the Sonic isn’t as comfortable or refined as the all-new Nissan Versa.

Sadly, one aspect we really liked about past Sonics — an easy and engaging manual transmission — has been dropped for 2020. That leaves the Sonic’s formerly optional 6-speed automatic as standard. If you are among the “save the manuals” crowd and are looking for a small and economical car, check out the Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris sedan. The base Versa also still offers three pedals.

Interior Comfort

Whether you opt for a sedan or hatchback, the Sonic’s 5-passenger interior is somewhat roomy for its size and has at least an air of modernity with the standard 7-inch touch screen. Still, before buying we’d urge you to at least contrast the Sonic’s interior with what you could get in a Toyota Yaris, which looks downright luxurious compared to the Chevy. The Sonic’s rear seat is adequately roomy, but still trails the Honda Fit.

The versatile and recommendable hatchback models offer 47.7 cubic feet of cargo room with rear seats folded. That’s also less than a Honda Fit hatchback, but the Chevy has more space than the Honda with the rear seats up — 19 cubic feet vs. the Fit’s 16.6. We also like the handy dual-glove-box arrangement. Be aware that if you skimp and settle for a base 2020 Chevy Sonic sedan, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time with old-fashioned crank windows.

Exterior Styling

All Chevy Sonic models have small footprints and tidy proportions, with the hatchback the smaller of the two. We favor the design of the 5-door hatchback, which reminds us of classy-yet-practical European models featuring hidden rear-door handles in the black areas of the C-pillars that make the Sonic hatchback appear more like a 2-door. At just under 160 inches in length, the Sonic hatch will also fit easily in small garages and parking spaces.

For traditionalists, the sedan offers a large trunk. Both body styles benefit from an attractive face that makes the Sonic appear wider and better integrates the headlight housings. The RS package, standard on hatchbacks and available on sedans, features a unique body kit and rocker moldings, rear spoiler, fog lights and other sporty bits.

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Favorite Features

Even the least expensive 2020 Sonic comes with an impressive infotainment system that bundles a 7-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.

The Sonic hatchback looks better to our eyes, and pragmatically offers more versatility thanks to its rear hatch area. Another reason to opt for the 5-door Sonic is it comes with the RS Package that adds sportier aesthetics.

Standard Features

The 2020 Sonic sedan is available as LS, LT and Premier, while the pricier Sonic hatchback is offered in LT and Premier form. The lowest priced LS Sedan includes some nice features but lacks others. For example, it includes a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity and remote keyless entry, but lacks cruise control, power windows or power-adjustable mirrors. It rolls on basic 15-inch steel wheels. We recommend the hatchback or stepping up to the LT sedan, which offers better-quality cloth seating, 6-speaker audio and those features lacking in base models.

Factory Options

Top-line Sonic Premier models have the most robust set of features, including faux-leather upholstery with heated and power-adjustable front seats, heated steering wheel, and 17-inch wheels. Premier hatch models add sport suspension, fog lights, and the RS package that bundles unique interior and exterior aesthetics.

Options include a lowering-suspension kit to improve handling on LT and Premier models. The option we most recommend — and a great value at $495 — is the Driver Confidence Package that includes forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning and rear-park assist. It is available on all but base LS sedans.

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Note that more modern active safety features such as automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist that are easily available on rivals like the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa are not even optional on the aging Chevy Sonic.

Engine & Transmission

For the 2020 model year, all Sonic models use a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, as the previous base 1.8-liter non-turbo was dropped last year. Also no longer available is the 6-speed manual transmission, meaning all Sonics now come with a 6-speed automatic. As with other rivals in this class, the Sonic is front-wheel drive. At up to 34 mpg, the Sonic is adequately efficient, but here again trails its fresher competitors. The Yaris, Fit and Versa, for example, earn up to 40 mpg, while the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio get 41 mpg.

1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4
138 horsepower @ 4,900 rpm
148 lb-ft of torque @ 1,850 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/34 mpg

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2020 Chevy Sonic Price, Value, Ratings & Reviews | Kelley Blue Book? ›

How Reliable Is the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic? The 2020 Chevy Sonic has a predicted reliability score of 93 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

Is a 2020 Chevy Sonic a reliable car? ›

How Reliable Is the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic? The 2020 Chevy Sonic has a predicted reliability score of 93 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

Is a Chevy Sonic a good reliable car? ›

It's about the middle of the pack in terms of overall reliability. According to withclutch.com, the Chevrolet Sonic has a reliability rating of about 45.3. Compared to many other subcompact cars, it's not very reliable; the average overall reliability rating is 57.

What is my Chevy Sonic worth? ›

Used 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Pricing
Original MSRPKBB Fair Purchase Price (nat'l average)
LT Sedan 4D$19,495$15,436
LT Hatchback 4D$20,295$15,410
Premier Sedan 4D$21,595$17,857
Premier Hatchback 4D$22,395$17,649
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How much is the 2020 Chevy Sonic? ›

2020 Chevrolet Sonic Value - $8,901-$19,772 | Edmunds.

How long do Chevy Sonic engines last? ›

They can last for 200,000 miles or longer, so the mileage of your friend's car will help you determine how reliable it will be for you. Typically, newer cars are more reliable. If your friend's Sonic is pretty new, it will last for much longer than a car that's been around the block a few (thousand) times.

Why did they discontinue Chevy Sonic? ›

The new car is a larger version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which the plant currently produces alongside the Sonic. GM decided to axe the Sonic “due to declining demand,” according to Soule. Since selling nearly 100,000 Sonics in 2014, sales have declined every year by between 15% to more than %.

Is a Chevy Sonic expensive to insure? ›

On average, Chevrolet Sonic drivers spend $90 each month on state minimum car insurance and $168 per month for full coverage. Compared to other popular cars like the Kia Spectra, Acura MDX, and Porsche Boxster, the Chevrolet Sonic is 8% more expensive to insure.

How good is a Chevy Sonic on gas? ›

The Sonic 1.4-liter tops that with EPA ratings of 29/40 mpg with a six-speed manual and 27/37 mpg with a six-speed automatic. Having more transmission gears doesn't always translate into higher mileage, but we think it would in this case because the transmissions are hitched to newer, more efficient engines.

What year did Chevy quit making Sonic? ›

Sonic production came to a halt in October 2020 as the company geared up to take over the EV market, which had seen an increase in demand. The carmaker converted its plant in Orion Township into a refreshed Bolt manufacturing plant as the company expected to sell over a million EVs in 2021 and beyond.

What was the Chevy Sonic called? ›

Chevrolet Aveo

How small is the Chevy Sonic? ›

Wheelbase (in. / mm):99.4 / 2525 (Sedan) 99.4 / 2525 (Hatchback)
Overall Length (in. / mm):173.9 / 4417 (Sedan) 159.8 / 4059 (Hatchback)
Overall Width (in. / mm):68.3 / 1735 (Sedan) 68.3 / 1735 (Hatchback)
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What gas does a 2020 Chevy Sonic take? ›

2020 Chevrolet Sonic
VehicleEPA Fuel EconomyDriver MPG
2020 Chevrolet Sonic 1.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (S6), Turbo, Regular Gasoline
29 MPG 26 34 combined city/hwy city hwy 3.4 gal/100 mi38.9
354 miles Total Range
2020 Chevrolet Sonic 5 1.4 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (S6), Turbo, Regular Gasoline
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Does a Chevy Sonic have a timing belt or timing chain? ›

Newer models use timing belts made of polyurethane and Kevlar for long life and durability.

Does the Chevy Sonic have any recalls? ›

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Chevrolet Sonic and Trax vehicles and 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles equipped with a Bring Your Own Media radio.


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