“Sonic changes the sub-compact stereotype and puts an end to the term ‘econobox,'” said Joaquin Nuño-Whelan, Sonic vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer. “The 1.4L turbo saves money at the gas pump and is a ridiculously fun car to drive. So, our buyers are getting a safe, exciting and fuel efficient car at a great price with the 1.4L turbo.”
The 1.4L turbocharged engine puts out 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque. The 1.4L is also used in the larger Chevy Cruze.
The Sonic is also available with a 1.8L that gets up to 35 mpg on the highway.
“Our engineers wanted to bring a car with an athletic feel and an excellent ride and handling to a segment not known for excitement,” said Nuño-Whelan. “Combine these driving characteristics with the 40-mpg fuel economy rating and we think we have a winning combination for Sonic drivers.”