Goodbye to the Chevy Sonic

The Chevy Sonic is being taken out of production and is saying goodbye indefinitely, at least that was the rumor a few years ago. Rumor no more. Fast-forward two years and it seems that General Motors is planning on discontinuing this model. (Cue crying cards).

Many blogs such as the drive.com and slashgear.com have reported that the Chevy Sonic is “reportedly dead”. But hold your horses. General Motors is saying goodbye to that model in a particular market and that is the Canadian market, not the U.S. market. Not just yet anyway.

When Motor1.com reached out to the automaker for further information, a representative said: “We have not announced any plans to stop selling the Sonic in the U.S.”

So what was the cause of people thinking Sonic was saying goodbye? Since its arrival to the market in 2012, the highest sales volume for the Chevy Sonic was 93,518 units in 2014 and it hasn’t seen numbers like that since. In 2018, that number dropped to 20,613 units.

Even with the model going smaller, with just half the size it was three years ago, it hasn’t had any luck in the sales department. It’s one of the reasons why this model is being axed.

In fact, Chevy was discontinuing several of its models due to low sales. Those models Included Chevy Cruze, Impala, and Volt. Although they are not getting rid of the Sonic just yet, Chevy is going to focus its attention on selling more popular SUVs and trucks.

Chevy Sonic sales have seen a continuous slip in purchases for a number of years. If you were to compare last year’s sales with the sales around this time, you will see that it fell 41.2 percent, “its sold less than one-third of 2014’s volume”, according to thetruthaboutcars.com

With its focus shifting to SUVs and trucks Chevy has also announced that they are going electric. But what does that mean for 2019 Sonics? At the moment they are still selling. According to a GM spokesperson, GM will stop building the Sonic “as early as this year”.

In 2017 Sonic came out with new rims, new colors, and new trims. The technology also got an upgrade with optional features that include a power driver’s seat, keyless entry, and push-button start, heated cloth seats, and a heated steering wheel. (Convenient for those living up North). Twenty-seventeen and later models are equipped with a 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.  

So what exactly is Chevrolet losing when Sonic finally goes away? For it being such a small compact car, it offers up to 38 MPG highway.

When Chevy Sonic’s first came to the market it replaced the Chevrolet Aveo as the subcompact car in the Chevrolet model lineup. Another small car by Chevrolet is the Spark which is sold for a little over two thousand dollars more than the Sonic and it goes 38 MPG over the Sonic, who goes 37 MPG.    The Sonic has a standard 1.4L turbocharged, 138 horsepower engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. It has available Bluetooth integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So you can stay connected on the go.

There are two models of Chevrolet Sonic: the Sedan and Hatch. Both the sedan and hatch have a 26/34 MPG but their prices are a bit different. The 2019 sedan costs $15,420 (plus destination fee) while the 2019 hatch costs $18,020 (plus destination fee).

Don’t think for a second that Chevy is the only one saying goodbye to an older model. It was also announced that Ford is saying goodbye to all of their sedans except the Mustang just like Fiat Chrysler Automobiles did in 2017 when they eliminated the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200. Their main focus turned to crossovers and SUVs.

Don’t fret. You can still purchase a Chevrolet Sonic. You can search our inventory of Chevy Sonics at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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