2014 Chevy Sonic Values & Cars for Sale | Kelley Blue Book (2022)

The 2014 Sonic subcompact is the next-to-the-smallest car to carry Chevrolet’s familiar bow-tie badge (the Spark is the smallest), but it offers capabilities and characteristics that far transcend its tidy size. Coming in sedan and hatchback forms, the Sonic’s fuel economy is equal to or better than those of such rivals as the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit, its ride and handling go from comfortable and responsive to certifiably sporty and enthusiastic, and it comes with lots of features that are pleasant surprises in this price bracket, including streaming Bluetooth audio and the MyLink infotainment system that allows for control of cell-phone-enabled apps. Add in that it looks good and is priced very affordably, and it’s a winner.

Used 2014 Chevrolet Sonic Pricing

A 2014 Chevy Sonic LS sedan starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $15,000. The lowest-priced Sonic 5-door is in the step-up LT trim level, with its additional features, at just over $17,000. Loaded, a 2014 Sonic can top $20,000. Overall, the Sonic is priced in line with its key competitors on a feature-to-feature basis. Before heading down to your Chevy dealer, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, which reflects what others in your area are currently paying for the Sonic. As for resale value, we expect the 2014 Chevy Sonic to perform better than its Aveo predecessor, but not as well as some of its more proven subcompact competitors from Ford, Honda and other manufacturers.

Driving the Used 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

It is difficult to take the Chevy Sonic for a drive and not come back mightily impressed with the comfortable ride, the nimble response, the snappy handling and the overall level of composure and refinement. All subcompact cars are better than ever, but the Sonic stands out from the crowd and drives like something bigger and more expensive than the competition. Its available 1.4-liter turbocharged engine brings exceptional fuel economy and sprightly performance, but is somewhat quirky in its power delivery. The base 1.8-liter engine costs less, is available with either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, and is in some ways a more pleasant driving experience. But, with either engine, the front-drive Sonic combines class-leading road manners with remarkable handling capabilities. If there’s a canyon road in your daily commute you won’t mind so much the ride to work and back. You might even look forward to it.

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Interior Comfort

There’s a lot of fresh thinking inside the Sonic and we like it, starting with the motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster that’s unlike anything else on a car’s dashboard. Another strong point is that there are no weak points, no spots that look like they just didn’t quite care enough to finish it. A few things worth mentioning are that the cupholders are good but placed too far to the rear between the front seats. The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the subcompact segment. And we really liked the dual glovebox arrangement, which is particularly thoughtful for those who use a dedicated music player, with the USB port located in the smaller, upper glove box.

Exterior Styling

The subcompact class is full of exciting designs these days, with such standouts as the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent. The Sonic is rather more reserved, but it also won’t be one of those love-it-or-hate-it deals either. And it does have its interesting details, including hiding the rear door handles in the black areas of the C-pillars to make the car look more like a 2-door, at least at the first, quick glance. Another thing in the Sonic’s favor: With the exception of the base LS trim level, all models have aluminum-alloy wheels.

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Favorite Features

With MyLink, customers can use their smartphones to enable music from popular apps such as Pandora and Stitcher. Later in the model year a navigation app will be added to the mix.

In any trim level, the Sonic delivers a combination of driving dynamics that is more than just a welcome surprise in a subcompact. In the LTZ trim, it’s comfy and nimble, and in the RS it’s downright sporty.

Standard Features

As either a sedan or 5-door hatchback, standard equipment on the 2014 Chevy Sonic LS includes a 1.8-liter engine, 5-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, 4-speaker AM/FM/aux sound system and OnStar with a 6-month subscription that includes convenient turn-by-turn navigation. Power windows and mirrors are missing from that list of standard equipment, but that’s not unusual for base-level subcompacts. A full range of standard safety equipment includes 10 airbags.

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Factory Options

A fully-loaded 2014 Chevy Sonic includes leatherette seats, heated front seats, a moonroof, cruise control, and 17-inch wheels. Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment is available on LS and LT models, and standard on LTZ and RS. A premium 6-speaker audio system is offered on LS and standard on all others, while the LTZ with the automatic transmission comes with standard remote start. The RS trim adds leather seating, 4-wheel disc brakes, a performance suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a sport steering wheel. The available advanced safety package includes Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, and the LT Promotional Package includes MyLink radio, a power sunroof and front fog lights.

Engine & Transmission

There are two engine choices for the Sonic, each more than merely acceptable. The base 1.8-liter 4-cylinder cranks out good power and is entirely reasonable and pleasant. The pricier alternative is a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that’s sportier and makes more torque, and thus goes quicker, but has as its main advantage a 5-mpg gain in highway fuel economy. The 1.8-liter is available with a 5-speed manual transmission, the turbo 1.4-liter with a 6-speed manual, and both can be matched with a 6-speed automatic. In our experience, we found no reason not to like any of the transmission choices.

1.8-liter inline-4 (LS, LT, LTZ)
138 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
125 lb-ft of torque @ 3,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/35 mpg (5-speed manual), 25/35 mpg (6-speed automatic)

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1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Optional on LT and LTZ, standard on RS)
138 horsepower @ 4,900 rpm
148 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm (manual)/1,850 rpm (automatic)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/40 mpg (6-speed manual), 27/37 mpg (6-speed automatic)

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How much does a 2014 Chevy Sonic sell for? ›

2014 Chevrolet Sonic Value - $2,803-$13,064 | Edmunds.

What is the life expectancy of a 2014 Chevy Sonic? ›

Ceasing production in 2020, the Chevy Sonic has a reputation for lasting up to 200,000 miles. Depending on how many miles you drive each year, your car could last 10-20 years.

Is Chevy Sonic 2014 a good car? ›

Among subcompacts, the Sonic feels almost grown-up. It's reasonably quiet and has a relatively comfortable ride. Handling is responsive and secure. Braking performance is excellent, too but this car is far from fun to drive.

How many miles per gallon does a 2014 Chevy Sonic LT get? ›

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Is the Chevy Sonic a good used car to buy? ›

The Chevy Sonic has a decent reliability rating, even though it falls lower in the ranks when compared to other subcompact cars on the market. 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.

Are Chevy Sonic's good in snow? ›

Is a Chevrolet Sonic Good in the Snow? The Chevrolet Sonic is rather average in snow. It can handle mild snowfall, but heavy snow can present problems to its mobility. However, this is hardly peculiar to the Sonic–almost all subcompacts are bad in thick snow.

Why did they discontinue Chevy Sonic? ›

The Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback has been experiencing a sharp decline in sales numbers and is no longer feasible to produce. Other models that are being discontinued include the Toyota Yaris, Chevy Cruze, and the Volt. Here is a quick look at the once robust model and reasons why it had to go.

Does Chevy Sonic have transmission problems? ›

The most common Sonic transmission problem is hesitation while shifting gears. A version of the Sonic exists with a manual transmission, but this problem is only prevalent with the automatic version. The problem starts to present itself around 30,000 miles of driving.

Is the Chevrolet Sonic a reliable car? ›

Overall the Chevrolet Sonic reliability is 45.3 and that makes it not very reliable. The chart below illustrates exactly how this ranks compared to some other cars, but the average overall rating is 57 as some comparison.

What does code 52 mean on a 2014 Chevy Sonic? ›

Code 52 on the Chevy Sonic means that it is time to replace the timing belt. This will cost You about 75 dollars for the belt. If You have a mechanic do it they will cost You an extrA50 to 70 dollars.

How many miles can you put on a Chevy Sonic? ›

The 2012 Chevy Sonic has a total life expectancy of up to 200,000 miles, and perhaps even longer.

Does a Chevy Sonic have a timing belt or chain? ›

The 1.8 liter engine employs a belt. The 1.8 l's belt needs replacing at 97,000 miles, but the Sonic's timing chain is designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle. By default, metal chains are more durable, don't suffer from cracking or drying out like belts do, and can improve fuel economy.

What kind of oil does a 2014 Chevy Sonic take? ›

Castrol Edge Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-30 5 Quart.

Does the Chevy Sonic 2014 have Bluetooth? ›

The system comes with hands-free connectivity, voice recognition, and Bluetooth streaming audio (with advanced functionality for Pandora and Stitcher audio apps).

Does a 2014 Chevy Sonic LT have Bluetooth? ›

2014 Chevy Sonic - MyLink Radio Bluetooth Option - Phillips Chevrolet

Are Chevy Sonics expensive to maintain? ›

A Chevrolet Sonic will cost about $5,943 for maintenance and repairs during its first 10 years of service. This beats the industry average for popular hatchback models by $821. There is also a 18.17% chance that a Sonic will require a major repair during that time.

Which is better Sonic or spark? ›

Both engines are adequate for the size of the cars they power, but the Sonic does have a slight edge power-wise over the Spark.

How much does Chevy Sonic cost? ›

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan 2020 is a 5 Seater Sedans available between a price range of $16,295 - $20,895 in the United States. It is available in 3 variants, 1 engine, and 2 transmissions option: Manual and Automatic in the United States.
Chevrolet Sonic Sedan 2022 Car.
Transmission TypePetrol Manual
PowerPetrol 138 hp
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Is Chevy Sonic all wheel drive? ›

All Sonics employ the same powertrain. A 1.4-liter turbo-4 engine makes 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, mated with a relatively smooth 6-speed automatic transmission.
Retail Price.
Engine1.4L I-4
Seating5 Passengers
Transmission6-spd auto w/OD
Power138 @ 4900 rpm
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Is a Chevy Sonic front or rear wheel drive? ›

Front wheel drive

Does a Chevy Sonic have front wheel drive? ›

The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic comes in three trims – LS, LT, and Premier – and two body styles – sedan and hatchback – are available. A turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, front-wheel drive, and a six-speed automatic transmission are found in all models.

What car is replacing the Chevy Sonic? ›

Instead, they will take the Chevy Bolt and produce a new Bolt Crossover in the place of the Sonic. Autoweek tells us, “The Bolt crossover, scheduled to go on sale next summer as a 2022 model year vehicle, will rely on the Bolt's underpinnings while offering a body about the size and shape of the Chevy Trax.

What was the last year Chevy made the Sonic? ›

Chevrolet discontinued the Sonic after the 2020 model year in the United States, due to GM's plans to convert the Orion Assembly to EV production and declining sales. There are no plans for a successor. The Sonic ended production on October 20, 2020.

What was the last year Chevy made Sonic? ›

As GM Authority covered previously, Chevy Sonic production ended Monday, October 19th, 2020. It was originally reported that production would end October 20th, 2020, but the actual production end was in fact one day ahead of schedule.

How much is a transmission for a Chevy Sonic? ›

The best part is, our Chevrolet Sonic Remanufactured Automatic Transmission products start from as little as $2,651.99.

Why is my Chevy Sonic loud? ›

A failing or dirty sensor can send incorrect data, resulting in too much or too little fuel going to the engine. This can result in a rough running engine that is louder than normal. Bad or Dirty Spark Plugs: Bad spark plugs can cause the vehicle to misfire which will make it run louder.

Is a Chevy Cruze bigger than a Chevy Sonic? ›

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is considered a compact sedan while the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact sedan. Generally, the Cruze will feel like a bigger car overall, both for the people riding in it and for anyone loading up the trunk. The Sonic, however, is also available as a hatchback.

Is a Chevy Sonic considered a sports car? ›

The Chevrolet Sonic is a refined and sporty subcompact that was introduced as a 2013 model to replace the plain and boring Aveo. The Sonic comes as five-door hatchback or four-door sedan.

Where is the Chevy Sonic built? ›

The Chevrolet Sonic is assembled all over the world at different GM plants. In the USA, Sonic manufacturing occurs at the Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, USA. Other production locations include Ramos Arizpe, Mexico; Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea; and Yantai, Shandong Province, China.

What does Code 4 mean on a Chevy Sonic? ›

The "Code 4" displayed on the dashboard is related to a temperature sensor issue.

How much does it cost to replace a timing belt on a 2015 Chevy Sonic? ›

Shopping around to get a few quotes is your best bet to get the best deal, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $409 to $919 (including parts and labor).

How do you reset the code 52 on a 2014 Chevy Sonic? ›

You turn the ignition off key off engine off and then you pull that fuse out for 2 minutes put itMore You turn the ignition off key off engine off and then you pull that fuse out for 2 minutes put it back in and that will reset your code 52 for your timing belt.

Can a car last 500000 miles? ›

The current quality of high-mileage used cars ultimately comes down to its maintenance. A 500,000-mile used car or truck has obviously seen its fair share of wear and tear but if the damages wear repaired immediately and the parts were changed when they were supposed to, the vehicle is bound to survive long.

How long does Chevy engine last? ›

If a Chevy is treated well and maintained regularly, it should last about 300,000 kilometres or more. When you buy a car that is known for its long life, you could use it as long as you could drive it.

Can a car last 300000 miles? ›

A conventional car can last for 200,000 miles. Some well-maintained car models will reach 300,000 or more miles total. The average passenger car age is currently around 12 years in the United States. Choosing a well-built make and model can help extend your car's longevity.

How long does it take to change a timing belt on a Chevy Sonic? ›

Changing a timing belt and water pump can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on your skill level, so make sure you have the time and space to complete the job.

When should the timing belt replaced on a Chevy Sonic? ›

Timing belts are replaced as part of scheduled maintenance, usually every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.

When should you change the timing belt on a Chevy Sonic? ›

They can go as long as 100,000 miles although it's always a good idea to change it before then. Belt failure can cause extensive damage to the valves, pistons and other internal parts of the engine.

How much oil goes in a 2014 Chevy Sonic? ›

Engine Oil

Capacity: With filter 4.2 quarts. After refill check oil level.

What kind of coolant does a 2014 Chevy Sonic take? ›

Peak - 50/50 Antifreeze / Coolant, Gallon (Part No. PKPB53)

How much transmission fluid does a 2014 Chevy Sonic take? ›

A 2014 Chevy Sonic transmission flush still uses about 10 quarts of fluid to entirely clean and flush out the system.

How do I connect my phone to my 2014 Chevy Sonic? ›

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Does 2014 Chevy Sonic have cruise control? ›

Our car also includes a back-up camera, forward collision alert and lane departure warning systems. Cruise control, auto up/down windows, thumpin' six-speaker audio, XM satellite radio, tilt/telescoping steering column and Bluetooth streaming audio are great.

How do you play music through Bluetooth in a 2014 Chevy Sonic? ›

How To Wirelessly Play Music in a Chevy Sonic - YouTube

Is 2014 Chevy Sonic a reliable car? ›

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic has an outstanding reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power, which is average for both the industry and the subcompact car class.

What size gas tank does a 2014 Chevy Sonic have? ›

12.2 gal

How many miles per gallon does a 2014 Chevy Sonic LT get? ›

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How long do Chevrolet Sparks last? ›

The Chevrolet Spark can last between 150,000 – 200,000 miles on average when properly maintained. If you were to drive 15,000 miles per year, you can expect the Chevy Spark to last 10 – 13 years before requiring expensive repairs or breaking down.

How many miles will a 2012 Chevy Sonic last? ›

How long do Chevy Sonics last? The 2012 Chevy Sonic has a total life expectancy of up to 200,000 miles, and perhaps even longer. This will roughly last a time frame of 10 to 20 years. To achieve maximum life expectancy for Your car, You should have it serviced regularly.

How long does the turbo last on a Chevy Sonic? ›

The average turbocharger will run between 100,000 and 125,000 miles, but harsh driving conditions, aftermarket components, and low quality factory parts will certainly cause the turbocharger to fail ahead of schedule.

Are Chevy Sparks reliable? ›

The 2022 Chevy Spark was rated a 4/5 by RepairPal, which is an above-average rating. That lands it a respectable 10th out of 21 in the reliability ratings for compact cars, which makes it a sensible choice for both reliability and ease of parallel parking.

How long does a transmission last on a 2014 Chevy Spark? ›

How Long Do the Transmissions Last? The transmission on your Chevrolet Spark should last up to 100,000 to 120,000 miles with proper maintenance.

Which car has the best longevity? ›

Longest-Lasting Cars: Toyota's Land Cruiser Easily Wins the Top Spot
Longest-Lasting Vehicles to Reach 200k Miles – iSeeCars Study
RankVehicle% of Cars Over 200k Miles
1Toyota Land Cruiser16.3%
2Toyota Sequoia11.2%
3Chevrolet Suburban5.1%
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What problems do Chevy Sparks have? ›

Unfortunately, drivers have reported other issues with Chevy Spark, beyond just transmission issues. According to CARHP, over the years, the Chevy Spark has seen issues with the engine, such as excessive oil consumption, engine shut down after hitting speed breaker, and the engine refusing to accelerate.

Does a 2014 Chevy Sonic have a timing belt or chain? ›

The 1.8 liter engine employs a belt. The 1.8 l's belt needs replacing at 97,000 miles, but the Sonic's timing chain is designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle.

How many miles is a Chevy Sonic good for? ›

The 2012 Chevy Sonic has a total life expectancy of up to 200,000 miles, and perhaps even longer.

Why is my Chevy Sonic loud? ›

A failing or dirty sensor can send incorrect data, resulting in too much or too little fuel going to the engine. This can result in a rough running engine that is louder than normal. Bad or Dirty Spark Plugs: Bad spark plugs can cause the vehicle to misfire which will make it run louder.

What happens when turbo fails? ›

The symptoms of a damaged or failing turbo are: Loss of power. Slower, louder acceleration. Difficulty maintaining high speeds.

What causes a turbo to fail? ›

Most failures are caused by the three 'turbo killers' of oil starvation, oil contamination and foreign object damage. More than 90% of turbocharger failures are caused oil related either by oil starvation or oil contamination. Blocked or leaking pipes or lack of priming on fitting usually causes oil starvation.

What does a blown turbo sound like? ›

Loud noises: If your vehicle has a bad turbo, you may hear loud noises that sound like whining or screeching. So if your vehicle is running and you hear a loud whining sound that increases in volume as the problem goes unfixed, this is most likely to do a turbo problem.

Is a Chevy Spark easy to fix? ›

The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Spark.

Is Chevrolet a good car? ›

For 2021 models, Chevrolet ranked 17th out of the 26 brands ranked, with a score of 42, according to the trusted non-profit Consumer Reports. That put Chevrolet ahead of its sister brand, GMC, which ranked 18 with a score of 41, and a major competitor, Ford, which ranked 22nd with a score of 38.

How many miles can a Chevy Spark go on a full tank? ›

What is the Driving Range of the Chevrolet Spark? The 2022 Chevrolet Spark has more than 340 miles of maximum range to enjoy on a single full tank of gas.


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