Chevrolet Sonic Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Not really reliable enough

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Had problems with transmission shifting and not matching rpm it was slipping. Yeah I guess these cars are cheaply made.

Review submitted by:OliviaM

Pros:None to say

Cons:Transmission lagging

Horrible

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

worst car ever! I honestly spent more money fixing this car then what its even worth. Right now my current problem is it overheats. I keep up with everything on this car so it can't be that I don't maintain it. It over heated so bad this weekend it shut

Review submitted by:Erika

Pros:Good on gas

Cons:Has to many mechanical problems

Overheating Issues

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by an independent shop

Y’all. Look. When I got this car I was so excited. Over the moon. It’s cute and compact, decent gas mileage, and runs well enough for me to be happy. Started having horrible problems like two months in. The car started overheating on a short Roadtrip and I’ve taken it

Review submitted by:Mar

Pros:Super cute

Cons:OVERHEATS

Critical Mechanical Failure

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

I bought this vehicle brand new and by 65,000 miles it needed a new head gasket, cylinder heads, water pump, coolant housing, timing belt, tensioner, spark plugs, and multiple other replacement parts that required a full tear-down of the engine. Thankfully I had purchased an extended warranty that covered the

Review submitted by:Robotnikk

Pros:Stylish interior

Cons:Not built for high mileage

Money pit

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Typical gm car quality, junk

Review submitted by:Jeeper

Pros:Heated seats

Cons:Bad gas mileage for the size and rides rough

Trouble buy at your own risk

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I have had a Kia Rio 2005 that has never gave me as much trouble as the Chevy sonic 2012 LT. The car has had so many repairs you would think I bought a new engine, transmission etc for the car. I even tried to get the car fixed the

Review submitted by:NikkiG

Pros:Compact cute car

Cons:Everything

Don't buy! Trust me.

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Bought this car brand new off the lot. Paid more than we should but really liked the features. 6 speed, leather interior, sun roof, sedan with the 1.4 liter turbo. Fun car to drive. We spoiled this car. This was my wife's baby. Nothing lower than premium gas. Always used

Review submitted by:LTZ Sad Owner

Pros:Looks sleek at first

Cons:Total P.O.S.

Do not under any circumstances buy this car.

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

I bought my 2015 Sonic Hatchback in 2016, it was a demo car with under 3,000 miles on it. So, yes, I've had it for 3 years, and yes, I have put a lot of miles on it. 2 of those three years have been nothing but trouble. Particularly with

Review submitted by:JJ1

Pros:Cute

Cons:Unreliable.

do not buy!

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Mechanical breakdown. I was told by chevy I needed an engine replacement to the tune of $6500. the car has been faithfully maintained and not abused. the car has only 39600 miles. The warranty expired just 3 months ago. gm corporate allowed me $0 assistance as part of their "goodwill

Review submitted by:RobW

No quality

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

After a year of owning this car, the trunk started rusting from paint peeling around the chrome trim. I have gone through three coil packs, both O2 sensors, fuel injectors and pcv valves. This car was used as a economy car for work. 95% of the miles are highway. Vehicle

Review submitted by:Kick flipper

Pros:Sporty look and decent mpg’s

Cons:Cheap components , cheap paint, costly maintenance

Full of problems

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Ive had a lot of ups and downs with this car. Here are the good parts: Great gas mileage. Comfortable back seats. Digital Speedometer. Touch radio and Aux inputs. The exterior has a nice look to it. OnStar is a great service and comes attached. Hard to dent - plastics

Review submitted by:GetAfterIt

Pros:Decent Price, Great gas mileage, neato features

Cons:Cheaply Made, Poor overall interior design

DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!Research it !!!

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Horrible, too many problems to count, just trying to pay it off so maybe I can get $500 for a trade towards a decent car. DO NOT BUY it, if you want GREAT gas mileage, go for it BUT.....................beware you might not make it to destinations with out HUGE, MAJOR,

Review submitted by:unlucky4

Pros:Gas Mileage

Cons:EVERYTHING, expensive repairs way, way to many

first & only chevy i will ever buy

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

i bought 5/2014, since ownership i've had 15 engine codes none of which anyone can determine whats causing it, spent $200 on a intake pipe & cleared codes otherwise its the same P0014 code or P0027. worst car ever owned. no power, no cruise control(which makes long trips longer), built

Review submitted by:SLED06

Pros:fill ups

Cons:no cruise control, no power, not enough room for 4

Was great...for a year...

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I've had this car since it was new, it was great for the first year. I purchased it in January of 2014 (they let it go at a great price since it was a 2013 new still on the lot, which was the deciding factor). It is fun to drive

Review submitted by:Leyken

Pros:Cute interior, Sporty Look

Cons:Not reliable, speakers don't sound great.

Can't wait to get rid of it

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Sonic

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Although the car is comfortable in terms of seating, it constantly feels as though it's in the wrong gear and the engine is laboring. It hesitates, the ride is choppy and there have been constant mechanical issues - everything from Check Engine lights that come on for no reason to

Review submitted by:Sonick

Pros:Low price, comfortable seating, spacious trunk

Cons:Too many to describe here

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