The Chevy Sonic is still standing. Despite the Cruze and Impala getting the axe, the subcompact is apparently still worth something to General Motors. Either that or the company would prefer keeping Orion Assembly running until a future vehicle can replace it. Regardless, it’s still around. And there are also plenty of used examples looking for a new home. Some of them are a bit more unique than others. That’s certainly the case with our featured Sonic.
The Sonic was riding high in 2014. Chevy moved just under 94,000 of them that year. Presumably, the sharp drop in gas prices killed a lot of the demand for these. A lack of updates probably didn’t help things either. The 2020 model isn’t that far removed from the one that debuted in 2010. That being said, a lot of the subcompacts on the market today are getting a bit long in the tooth. Doesn’t really matter in the big picture. Plus, we’re here to talk about the Sonic of 2014.
General Motors 21st century small cars were a mixed bag. The Cavalier, Cobalt, and Aveo failed to really take on the Japanese in any meaningful way. But their successors made substantial improvements. American automakers introduced some positively dreadful looking vehicles in the 2000s. They eventually atoned for their sins with a few attractive designs, and this Sonic was one of them. A cursory glance at the overall profile suggests GM borrowed some elements from the Golf but decided to go a bit more angular, especially out back. Overall, the Sonic is quite aggressive looking. That’s thanks in part to Australian designer Ondrej Koromhaz, who spearheaded the design. He goal was to make the Sonic into a “four door motorcycle.”
The Sonic’s interior largely cashed the checks written by the exterior, especially when it came to the driver’s cockpit. That really did resemble something akin to a motorcycle. Chevy equipped post-refresh models with a more traditional gauge cluster, so it may not have resonated with customers. Regardless, this is a pretty well-equipped Sonic. Bluetooth, heated seats, and a 7 inch Chevrolet MyLink touchscreen that can potentially be swapped out for something capable of running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
As the second highest tier in the 2014 Sonic lineup, the LTZ presents itself as something more than basic transportation. It can back up its relatively muscular design and ample feature content with a decent powertrain too. The 1.4 liter Ecotec four cylinder made good power in the Sonic. With 138 horsepower and 148 Ib-ft of torque on tap, the Chevy’s optional engine represents something of a half-step between a regular model and a performance oriented vehicle like the Fiesta ST. A claimed 0-60 time of around eight seconds is pretty good for the segment.
This particular Sonic has a fairly unique selling point. Apparently, Chevy only produced “Cool Blue” for a very limited time. According to the seller its availability lasted three months. Perhaps they received negative feedback about the color relatively quickly? Did it too closely resemble the color of a virtual hedgehog? Who knows. Personally, I think it’s a pretty nice color. Reminds me of a robin’s egg.
Here’s the seller’s description:
2014 Chevy Sonic LTZ for sale. Car needs nothing but a new owner. Transferable GM maintenance plan included. This car is painted a unique factory color called “Cool Blue” that was only available for three months in 2014. Currently at 61,636 miles, but will go up since this is my daily driver.
There’s always something to be said for a well written craigslist ad. And it does appear that this Sonic is in very good condition. However, the seller’s pricing is a tad optimistic, at least according to Edmunds. But there is value in a lightly used subcompact with a decent engine. Hopefully the owner doesn’t have to wait too long before they find a committed buyer. This is a bit of a niche vehicle, regardless of color.
Source: Hudson Valley craigslist