2016 Chevrolet Sonic  RealSafeCars66Safety Rating

#78 of 2016 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#148 of all 2016 vehicles


The Sonic, introduced by Chevrolet in 2012, is a small sedan/hatchback with seating up to 5. The Sonic has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2017. Chevrolet offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is somewhat unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic has a score of 66, implying a 0.061% chance of driver death (5.4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0607% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.932%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0607% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.932% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is 27% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is 18% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

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But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8529Hyundai AccentToyota iAKia RioNissan SentraToyota YarisKia ForteDodge DartNissan Versa NoteFord FiestaKia SoulChevrolet SonicHonda FitComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 29 to 85. The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is safer than the 2016 Hyundai Accent, the 2016 Toyota iA, the 2016 Kia Rio, the 2016 Nissan Sentra, and the 2016 Toyota Yaris and less safe than the 2016 Ford Fiesta, the 2016 Nissan Versa Note, and the 2016 Dodge Dart. It is about as safe as the 2016 Kia Forte, the 2016 Honda Fit, and the 2016 Kia Soul.

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