The new 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV carefully blends comfort and feature availability, and safety to yield an excellent vehicle that’s definitely a top pick for a subcompact sedan of hatchback. Some of its appealing features include a fun-to-drive demeanor, spacious cabin, a powerful turbocharged engine, composed ride quality, and generous number of standard features. The Chevrolet Sonic EV release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017, if recent rumors are anything to go by.
When fitted with the manual transmission system and the available turbocharged engine, the Sonic EV 2017 surprisingly becomes a sprightly urban runabout. Its ride quality is firm, and remarkably composed even when zipping around tight corners. The cabin is pleasantly accommodating even for six-foot occupants, and also provides ample leg-and knee room.
Lest you think the Chevrolet Sonic EV is flawless, there are a couple of foibles to keep you thinking. They include inferior material quality, rough ride quality, sluggish acceleration, and mediocre fuel economy for the base engine.
There’re a few vehicles in the subcompact segment that you should consider, they include the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Honda Fit Hatchback, and Scion RS. The 2017 Kia Rio compares similarly to the Sonic EV in terms of price. Some of its specs include a spacious interior accommodation, high-quality interior materials, stylish interior and exterior, a long warranty, strong acceleration, and ample standard and optional features.
The 2017 Hyundai Accent gets you strong acceleration, a long warranty, ambient and spacious cabin, and comfortable and quiet ride. The Hyundai Accent MSRP starts from $14,745, so compares similarly to both the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV and the Kia Rio.
But overall, we like the zippy Chevrolet Sonic despite its boatload of shortcomings. If you’re looking for versatility, and superior cargo capacity, though, the 2017 Honda Fit Hatchback is your best bet.
2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV Trims
Four trims are offered for the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV: LTZ, LS, RS, and LT. It’s a five-passenger vehicle and is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Slight changes to the lineup shouldn’t come as a surprise to you on its release date.
2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV Interior Accessories & Exterior Changes
Standard equipment offered for the base model include fifteen-inch steel wheels, a six-speaker sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, integrated blind-spot coverage, manual mirrors, automatic wipers and headlights, an auxiliary audio jack, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, cloth upholstery, remote keyless entry, OnStar telematics, and folding rear setbacks.
Upgrading to the LT gets you smartphone app integration, power windows, heated power mirrors, chrome exterior accents, a USB port, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, remote ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen display, and cruise control.
Moving up to the LTZ gets you a leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rear spoiler, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, and foglights.
The RS adds a sport steering wheel, suede and leather upholstery, a sport-tuned suspension system, a sport body kit, a sport steering wheel, unique exterior styling, lane-departure warning and mitigation, four-wheel disc brakes, and sportier exterior trim.
2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
An available five-speed manual is standard, as is the hill-start assist. The six-speed automatic is optionally available. A power is 138 hp and 125 pounds-ft. of torque is generated by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine offered under the hood of the Chevrolet Sonic EV 2017 LS and LT models.
Standard on the LTZ but optional on the LT is the turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 138 horsepower and 148 pounds-ft. of torque. A six-speed manual is standard while a six-speed automatic is optional.
When we come to the fuel economy, EPA estimates the 1.8L manual-equipped models to return 24/35/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 25/33/28 mpg with the 1.4L automatics.
0-60 mph with the manual 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ hatchback takes an impressive 8.4 seconds, but the ‘sporty’ RS offers a sluggish acceleration rated at 9.0 seconds.
2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV Release Date & Price
According to various sources, the new model should be expected to go for sale sometime in the first half of 2017, at least for the U.S.A market and later elsewhere.
The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV MSRP starts from $14,945 for the Sonic Hatchback and $14,345 for the Sonic Sedan.