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We designed Sonic to be truly a car for firsts. Its the first and only car in its class with 10 standard airbags. The only car in its class with an available turbocharged engine that offers up to 40 MPG highway. With all that power under the hood, it’s the most fun-to-drive car — perfect for people who try new things, seek discovery and live life to the fullest.

Sonic was made with enough get-up-and-go under the hood for whatever you need and enough responsiveness and adaptivity to help keep you safe. Sonic is also the first and only car in its class that received a 5-Star safety rating from NHTSA and is also a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

To stay connected while you’re out and about, Sonic comes equipped with available Chevrolet MyLink Radio and a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen that puts all your needs at your fingertips. Sonic has also been named one of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors for 2012, making Sonic impressive from the inside out.

Ushering in a world of excitement, Sonic invites everyone to experience their own firsts with three words: Let’s do this!


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  • The 2013 Chevy Sonic LTZ Sedan shown in Blue Topaz Metallic.
    The 2013 Sonic LTZ Sedan shown in Blue Topaz Metallic.
  • A Blue Topaz Metallic 2013 Chevy Sonic Sedan.
    The 2013 Sonic LTZ Sedan shown in Blue Topaz Metallic.
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    The 2013 Sonic LTZ Sedan shown in Blue Topaz Metallic.
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It’s got the look

Every inch of Sonic was considered in great detail. From its dramatic lines to the subtlety of the Black Granite Metallic paint around the headlamps, every element works together to create a sophisticated appearance with attitude. From its chiseled front end to its aggressive stance and expressive wheel arches, every detail builds on the other to create Sonic. When you have a car with this much power under the hood and up to 40 MPG hwy it has to be backed up by a look to match.

Get noticed

Sonic is the only small car built right here in the United States. Its defined front end with motorcycle-inspired, exposed headlamps and unique dual-port grille make a strong visual statement. Kick it up a notch with available foglamps and chrome accents standard on LTZ, and rest assured you’ll make an all-eyes-on-you entrance long before you even arrive.

Pick your wheels

Boost its aggressive and sporty stance with eye-catching wheel options. From the LS steel wheels with full bolt-on wheel covers to the whole lineup of available dealer installed Z-Spec wheels, your Sonic will be riding in style. The LT sports 15-inch painted aluminum wheels, or you can upgrade to the optional 16-inch wheels available with the Wheels and Foglamp Package. For a little more edge to your ride, go for the LTZ model with standard 17-inch painted aluminum wheels.


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  • Perforated leatherette seats of the  2013 Chevy Sonic LTZ with Dark Titanium trim.
    The 2013 Sonic LTZ Sedan shown in Jet Black with Dark Titanium trim and perforated leatherette seats.
  • View of the interior of the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ.
    Comfort and convenience comes standard on the 2013 Sonic LTZ.
  • View the spacious trunk of the 2013 Chevy Sonic.
    Sonic offers a spacious 14.9 cu. ft. of trunk space so you can bring your stuff along.
  • Perforated leatherette seats of a Jet Black Chevy Sonic with Dark Titanium trim.
    The 2013 Sonic LTZ Sedan shown in Jet Black with Dark Titanium trim and perforated leatherette seats.
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Go ahead and load it up

There’s a smart way to make use of space, and Sonic is brilliant. Upper and lower glove boxes keep your stuff easily within reach. Bringing a water bottle with you? There are holders incorporated right into the front doors. That’s just in the front. The rear is pretty impressive too. With 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, more than Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, you’ll be able to configure the space for just about anything. So whether it’s skis or a giant sub sandwich, Sonic is game.

Attention to details — every last one of them

Recently named one of Ward’s Top 10 Interiors, joining the ranks of Audi, Land Rover and Infiniti to name a few, the dual cockpit interior and motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster with graphite silver accents get your blood pumping before you even turn the key. The performance-inspired design elements Sonic boasts on the exterior are exactly what you find when you get behind the wheel. Sonic is ready to be driven, so grab onto its three-spoke steering wheel designed for optimal grip and hold on tight.


Comfort and convenience

Sure, Sonic has an edge but it’s made for comfort too. Every seat in Sonic was designed to give you and your passengers the best ride possible. Enjoy perforated leatherette seating in the LTZ, with heated seats providing added comfort for you and your front passenger. And you can rest assured because Sonic has your back with OnStar® Turn-by-Turn Navigation standard for the first six months. With the press of a button you’ll be connected with a friendly OnStar® Advisor ready to help get you where you’re going. So buckle up and get ready to go.


The only turbocharged engine in its class

Be forewarned: After you take your friends for a ride, they may begin to show signs of Sonic envy — because when you turbocharge the drive, things get a lot more interesting. Sonic achieved 0-60 mph in less than 8 seconds on the test track. Whether it’s making an emergency maneuver or just merging onto the freeway, Sonic makes the power you need available. With 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of by far the most torque in its class, you’ll soon find out that Sonic is the most fun-to-drive car and it offers up to 40 MPG hwy.

Handling and comfortable ride, together at last

Sonic engineers went through hundreds of suspension variations until they found the perfect blend of handling and comfortable ride, giving Sonic extraordinary agility and sportiness. It’s a tight and sporty drive that will get you excited when you step on the gas. Sonic offers the most available torque in its class, which means the most get-up-and-go. Sonic is pumped and ready for a good ride.

Designed with you in mind

No matter how you slice it, Sonic offers options that will get you excited to hit the road. Sonic offers Hill Start Assist, which helps you stay put on steep inclines while you transition from the brake pedal to the gas pedal. Whether it's going downhill in reverse or driving uphill, Sonic keeps you steady.


40 MPG hwy — so many miles, so little gas

Whether you’re commuting during the week or taking a long road trip on the weekend, Sonic, equipped with the available turbocharged engine, offers up to 488 highway miles on a single tank of gas. Engineering technology in performance and design makes it possible. Its available 1.4L turbocharged engine on LT and LTZ models offers up to 40 MPG on the highway without sacrificing its power and athleticism. There’s a lot that goes into making a car as fuel efficient as possible, which translates into money in your pocket — not the pump.

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  • 2013 Chevy Sonic with available Chevrolet MyLink Radio.
    Control your music with the available Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen.
  • Stay connected to your Chevy Sonic with OnStar RemoteLink.
    OnStar RemoteLink™ keeps you connected to your car through your compatible smartphone.
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Stay in the loop while out and about

Sonic keeps you connected to your friends and entertainment on the go. Sonic offers extensive technology features like standard Bluetooth® wireless technology for select phones that allows you to take calls while keeping your hands on the wheel, or OnStar® Turn-by-Turn Navigation standard for six months. And with the available USB port and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 3-month trial on LT and LTZ, you get the music and entertainment you want, when you want it.

Chevrolet MyLink Radio

The available Chevrolet MyLink Radio starts with a 7-inch diagonal full color display that lets you stay in touch in style. A customizable touch screen menu connects you to everything you need. Connect your compatible smartphone wirelessly via Bluetooth® and listen to music, get directions or make phone calls all with the touch of a fingertip. Navigation directions downloaded through a smart phone can be displayed on the screen and, when the vehicle is stopped, users can project video and even personal photo albums onto the screen from their phone.

Learn more about MyLink.

wireless technology

Take calls and stream your music without ever taking your hands off the steering wheel through the connectivity of standard Bluetooth®† wireless technology for select phones and steering wheel-mounted controls. Bluetooth connectivity for your phone is standard on every model. Bluetooth audio streaming is standard on LT and LTZ, and available on LS with the Chevrolet MyLink Radio. You can also connect your iPod, MP3 player or music-loaded flash drive into the auxiliary input jack or available USB port for a direct line to the radio.

Mobile apps

Sonic keeps you in the loop with the myChevrolet mobile app with the connectivity of OnStar RemoteLink™. With this app, you can remotely lock or unlock your vehicle, check vehicle diagnostics such as oil life and tire pressure, or even remotely start it when equipped with remote vehicle start. And you’ll never get lost in a parking lot with a real map reminder. Want to schedule a service appointment? It’s done in a click. And should you ever need help, roadside assistance is there 24/7. Available from the iTunes Store and Google Play.


The sound of Sonic

In Sonic, you can listen to commercial-free programs through a three-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Or, stream your favorite audio services, like Pandora® Internet Radio and Stitcher SmartRadio™,.or your own music library, from your compatible smartphone through its available Bluetooth audio streaming feature for select phones. Just download the Pandora Internet Radio or Stitcher SmartRadio app to your mobile device. It's part of the Chevrolet MyLink Radio, standard on LTZ, available on LS and LT.

OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Being lost will be a thing of the past with Sonic. It includes the OnStar®† Directions & Connenctions Plan® with Turn-by-Turn Navigation, standard for the first six months. One press of the blue button and you are connected to an Advisor who can help you get to your destination anytime. Voice-guided directions can even be downloaded right into your car. You can even plan ahead with OnStar eNav℠, which lets you send destinations from MapQuest.com® to your car. Call them up anytime with a simple voice command.

Start it up using your phone

Attention to detail is what turns a good experience into a great experience. That’s why Sonic offers available remote start capability,  so you can start your Sonic before you even open the door. It means in the dead of winter, you can let your car warm up without having to brave the cold, or in the height of summer let it cool down before you get in the driver’s seat. It’s just another way Sonic keeps your comfort in mind. Even better, the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app allows you to start your vehicle and lock or unlock the doors from anywhere you have cell service if your vehicle is equipped with remote start.



The BringGo navigation app offers plenty of easy-to-use features that let you revel in the fun of discovering new destinations without the stress of getting lost. Explore with the convenience of 3-D maps with lane suggestions, live traffic data, local search via Google™, a Where Am I? Locator and other features that help you stay in the loop. Read More.

Purchase it now from the App Store or Google Play.

Siri Eyes Free

Chevrolet is the first vehicle manufacturer to offer Siri Eyes Free to iPhone users. Siri lets you take charge with your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Complete an array of hands-free tasks like composing text and email messages to stored contacts on your phone by directing Siri through voice command. Simply connect your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 with available Chevrolet MyLink via Bluetooth, then use the steering wheel voice activation button to begin.


Experience a new level of entertainment on the go with access to over 70,000 radio stations from around the world. Just download the free TuneIn app to your compatible smartphone and connect it to available Chevrolet MyLink. Then sit back and enjoy a selection of live, local, international and Internet radio from every corner of the globe.

Download it now from the App Store or Google Play.


Accessorize to make yours as unique as you are

Celebrate being unique by customizing your Sonic. From body graphics to functional accessories, you can make your Sonic be as much a part of who you are as you make your home. With a variety of available graphics, you’ll find a style that matches your personality on the move. Standing still you’ll look sharp too, with dealer-installed white or black wheels that complement your graphics. Inside, you can add dealer-installed Chevy Accessories like available doorsill plates to give stepping in a stepped-up look. Finally, hit the gas in super style with an available Sport Pedal Kit featuring brushed aluminum covers with rubber grips. Be the first in your crew to put your spin on Sonic. Start your customization at Chevrolet Accessories.

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    2013 Sonic LTZ shown with available dealer-installed 17" white painted aluminum wheels.
  • 2013 Sonic LTZ shown with available dealer-installed 17" white painted aluminum wheels.
    Available dealer-installed Sport Pedal Kit featuring brushed aluminum covers with rubber grips.
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A safety philosophy that runs deep

Sonic boasts aggressive styling and impressive power, but make no mistake ­— with Sonic, safety is a priority. Sonic is the first and only car in is class to receive a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from NHTSA and was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Sonic is built around a steel safety cage and offers extensive safety features for prevention, reaction and response technology to optimize safety before, during and after a crash, if needed. Other advancements you can count on—including daytime running lamps and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System — are just a few of the ways we help you avoid trouble on the road.


From the moment you set out on the road, technologies like the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with traction control are at the ready. On slippery surfaces, StabiliTrak helps you stay on course by detecting the difference between the path being steered and the direction the vehicle is actually traveling.

It then uses the brakes and, if necessary, adjusts engine torque to help you keep your Sonic on track. What’s more, 4-wheel antilock brakes help maintain control and stability during hard braking by preventing wheel lockup. And Electronic Brake Force Distribution on the front and rear brakes has Panic Brake Assist to help optimize stopping power.



Sometimes, however, trouble finds you. And if a moderate-to-severe collision does occur, Sonic is designed to respond quickly as the first and only car in its class with 10 standard air bags. Sensors throughout the vehicle determine how many air bags deploy — including knee air bags for the driver and front passenger. Adding to this protection, the cabin is reinforced with high-strength steel throughout. Meanwhile, front and rear “crush zones” are designed to compress in a controlled manner, helping absorb and channel energy away from the cabin. But our protective measures don’t end there.


In many crashes, built-in sensors can automatically alert an OnStar®† Advisor, who is immediately connected into the vehicle to see if you need help. Even if you don’t respond, the Advisor can use GPS technology to pinpoint your exact location and request that emergency help be sent right away. It’s part of the OnStar Directions & Connections® Plan, which is standard for the first six months, because nothing is more important than your safety.


Check out its “Ecologic” Features. Here at Chevrolet, we believe in being a responsible steward of our environment. Recently, we’ve developed a new way to communicate some of the environmentally significant features of each vehicle we make. We call it “Ecologic.”

Every aspect of Ecologic is audited by Two Tomorrows, an independent third party sustainability auditor. To learn more about Ecologic and the Two Tomorrows’ process, click here.

Fuel-Saving Technologies

Continuously Variable Valve Timing (VVT) adjusts airflow in and out of the combustion chamber under all engine speeds, which makes for better fuel economy and lower emissions. Electric power steering uses an electric motor instead of an engine-driven belt, which results in a lighter overall workload and better fuel economy.

The engine has been factory-filled with engine oil meeting GM’s new dexosTM specification, which has improved viscosity characteristics as compared to the previous GF-4 oil, contributing to better fuel economy. An available advanced small-displacement 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine offers 40 MPG highway. With reduced engine displacement and an advanced turbocharger, this vehicle delivers segment-leading fuel economy and torque.

Responsible Manufacturing

Landfill gas supplies more than 20% of the total energy for heating and cooling of the final assembly facility, which makes the facility less reliant on fossil fuels. The 1.4L engine facility and the transmission facilities are landfill-free. These facilities use a process to reuse, recycle or convert to energy all waste created in their daily operations, which conserves resources.

Sonic is the only vehicle in its class assembled in the United States. This reduces energy consumption and emissions related to vehicle transport. The Toledo, OH, transmission facility features designated habitat areas certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, which provide ecological benefits.

End-of-Life Recyclability

After the vehicle’s useful life, 85% of it is recyclable. The majority of its components can be broken down and recycled, which conserves resources and reduces landfill deposits.


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  • 1 21 MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices. MyLink on Sonic does not include functionality such as enhanced voice recognition, Gracenote and CD player.
  • 2 20 Based on EPA highway estimate and fuel tank capacity. Your range may be less.
  • 3 19 Available on iPhone, Android and select BlackBerry devices. Services vary by phone, vehicle and conditions. Requires active OnStar subscription.
  • 4 18 Based on GM Small Car segment.
  • 5 22 Achieved on a test track with turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual transmission.
  • 6 13 Data plan rates apply.
  • 10 17 Requires available remote vehicle starter system and automatic transmission.
  • 11 16 Excludes spare tire when equipped.
  • 12 15 Shown with graphics from an independent supplier and is not covered by the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty. GM is not responsible for the safety or quality of third-party supplier alterations. Go to www.ChevroletGraphics.com for more details.
  • 14 11 Standard on LT and LTZ, available on LS. If you subscribe after your trial period, subscriptions are continuous until you call SiriusXM to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change. XM satellite service is available only in the 48 contiguous United States and Washington, D.C. SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • 15 12 Available on iPhone and select Android and Blackberry devices. Services vary by phone, vehicle and conditions. Requires active OnStar subscription, which is standard for six months.
  • 17 7 Requires iPhone or Android platform.
  • 18 8 Assembled in Orion Township, Michigan of United States and globally-sourced parts.
  • 20 9 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.
  • 21 10 Not compatible with all devices.
  • 22 24 BringGo app must be purchased separately. Requires compatible smartphone. Data plan rates apply. See dealer or call 1-855-4-SUPPORT (1-855-4-787-7678) for more information.
  • 23 23 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov).
  • 24 26 2013 model year Spark and Sonic vehicles will require a quick and easy radio software update to be compatible with the BringGo app, Siri and the TuneIn app.
  • 25 6 Go to gm.com/Bluetooth to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle.
  • 26 5 Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers.
  • 27 28 MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices. MyLink on Spark and Sonic does not include functionality such as enhanced voice recognition, Gracenote and CD player. MyLink on Traverse does not include Gracenote functionality.
  • 28 4 Air bag inflation can cause severe injury or death to anyone too close to the bag when it deploys. Be sure every occupant is properly restrained.
  • 29 27 Requires available Chevrolet MyLink and compatible iPhone running iOS 6. Software update may be required. See your dealer for more information.
  • 30 3 EPA estimate with available 1.4L turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual transmission with LT and LTZ models.