The front-wheel drive Sonic is offered in two body styles; sedan and hatchback. All models come standard with a 138-hp 1.8-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. There are two available transmissions, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. A 138-hp 1.4-liter engine is also available on the LT and LTZ trims, and standard on the RS trim. Standard safety equipment includes stability control, ABS brakes, panic brake assist, hill hold control, automatic headlamps, OnStar and ten airbags. Standard and optional features depending on the trim level include front fog lights, power windows, heated front seats, cruise control, a security system, air conditioning, XM satellite ratio, alloy wheels, and remote engine start.
For 2013, the Chevrolet Sonic receives new features and standard equipment. All trims now have Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, and outside rearview mirrors with an integral spotter. LT models now come with cruise control, and a USB port. The LTZ model now comes standard with Chevrolets MyLink Touch infotainment system. Also, a new RS trim has been added to the lineup.