As a wise puppet once said, “Size matters not.” In few instances is that truer than when it comes to sporty and well-designed small cars like the stylish 2020 Chevy Sonic. If you are looking for a real land-whale of a car, then this is certainly not the one for you, but for our customers that want to downsize their life or find a modest solution to their automotive needs, few options are better than the Sonic.
There are two different versions of the Sonic available: a standard four-door sedan and an impressive and functional 5-door hatchback. There are then different trims available for each of these models, but most of the features and options they have are available across both of them. This means you can choose the style that works best for your needs without worrying about missing out on anything really impressive in the other version. Although there is only a single engine available, it is a zippy little turbocharged number that gives this small vehicle a lot more pep than you might expect.
We know that the 2020 Chevy Sonic is not right for everyone, and that is okay. The great thing about the modern Chevrolet lineup is that there really is something for everyone, so no matter what you are looking for, you can find it. If you need a larger option, then the Malibu or Impala offer you some great choices with a lot to love about them. But if you think the Sonic is right for you, then come visit us at Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Buford to see it for yourself and find the car you have been looking for.
Everything about the 2020 Chevy Sonic is really designed around simplicity, around making your life easier by giving you just what you want without weighing you down with unnecessary nonsense. With that in mind, there is a single engine available on the Sonic because, ultimately, that is all you really need. Someone looking for a heavy-duty pickup truck or a powerful sports car might worry about getting the most powerful engine possible and upgrading for more torque, but that is just not what the Sonic is about.
The standard engine in the Sonic is a 1.4L EcoTec Turbo 4-cylinder engine, which can produce up to 138hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. If you compare that to a powerful truck or massive SUV engine, then you will certainly find it much less powerful than those other ones. But for a small car like the 2020 Sonic, it really is all you need. This engine comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that smoothly and quickly shifts between gears for you, making it a real joy to drive.
Even better, you can use a manual mode to switch between the forward gears using a thumb selector. This is exactly the kind of simple and excellent touch that really typifies what the Sonic has to offer. It is not entirely necessary, but it takes the driving experience that one extra step further to give you everything you could want.
One of the best things about the 2020 Chevy Sonic is that it is available in two different versions, without sacrificing functionality or style in either of them. The “standard” version of the Sonic is a small, four-door sedan that looks as stylish and cozy as anything on the road. There are three different trim levels of the sedan available, starting with the standard LS model, then moving up to the LT, and finally topping out with the Premier. While some of your included and available options change between trims, the overall experience in each of these models is superb.
Then there is the available hatchback version of the Sonic, which has five doors, including the rear hatch. This sporty model fits right between a typical sedan and a compact SUV, giving you more freedom in how you utilize the interior of the 2020 Sonic without sacrificing any of the performance or joyful driving experience. The hatchback model is slightly shorter than the sedan, but also a bit taller – you get exactly the same front leg, head, and shoulder room in both vehicles.
If you go with the hatchback model, you get nearly 48 cu.ft. of available interior cargo space behind the front seats. There are only two trim levels available for the hatchback; it skips the LS and instead starts with the LT and has the Premier for you to choose if you want the ultimate experience in the 2020 Chevy Sonic. Other than the rear hatch, the hatchback version of the Sonic performs essentially the same as the sedan.
There are a lot of great features and options available inside the 2020 Chevy Sonic, with standard and available items dependent upon the trim level you choose. To keep things simple, let us take a look at what you get with the Premier, which is the highest trim for the Sonic. All of these features are the same regardless of if you choose the sedan or the hatchback model.
The 2020 Chevy Sonic Premier features a 7-inch touchscreen Infotainment display with support for Bluetooth and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You get a 6-speaker audio system, 6-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. There is also an enhanced driver information center and numerous USB ports and power outlets so you can easily charge your devices.
Remote keyless entry and keyless open are available with the Sonic Premier trim, along with remote start. The Premier also includes a leather-trimmed shift knob and metallic instrument panel for a little extra flair. Ultimately, it is a bit simple compared to some other cars out there, but simplicity is really the name of the game with the Sonic.
Any vehicle, no matter how big or small, no matter how powerful or sporty, needs to be able to help keep you safe on the road. If a car, truck, or SUV does not help keep you safe, then nothing else about it matters. Fortunately, the 2020 Chevy Sonic is a great car in this department with a wealth of standard and available safety features designed to protect you and your loved ones. While no amount of safety technology can replace careful, attentive driving – great features like these can help you avoid the unthinkable.
The 2020 Chevy Sonic comes with ten airbags standard in every model regardless of whether you choose a sedan or hatchback and no matter which trim level you go with. It is the first small car in its class to give you that many airbags – far more than you find in a lot of vehicles that are much larger. But this is only the start of how the Sonic helps keep you safe.
The suite of standard and available active safety features on the 2020 Sonic is really something special and one of our favorite aspects of this car. They include a rear vision camera, which you would expect, with dynamic guidelines that help assist with parking and similar maneuvers. Available forward collision alert warns you about the risk of an imminent collision and can notify you if you are following a vehicle too closely. There is also an available lane departure warning that lets you know when you are drifting into another lane without signaling.
Available rear park assist alerts you to nearby objects when you are moving in reverse at low speeds, helping you with parking and maneuvering around other items. The 2020 Chevy Sonic comes with hill start assist to help you accelerate from a stop on an incline without rolling backward. Finally, StabiliTrak electronic stability and traction control helps you keep the Sonic under control during sudden, emergency maneuvers, as well as when driving in slippery or hazardous conditions.