2017 Chevrolet Sonic  RealSafeCars63Safety Rating

#85 of 2017 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#160 of all 2017 vehicles


The Sonic, introduced by Chevrolet in 2012, is a small sedan/hatchback with seating up to 5. Strong on technology, it 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 2017 Chevrolet Sonic is very 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 2017 Chevrolet Sonic has a score of 63, implying a 0.064% chance of driver death (5.7% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0642% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 7.3262%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0642% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 7.3262% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic is 34% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic is 25% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

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And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8525Hyundai AccentToyota Yaris iAKia RioNissan SentraChevrolet SonicHyundai VelosterFord FocusMazda 3Hyundai ElantraKia ForteFord FiestaMitsubishi LancerComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 25 to 85. The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic is safer than the 2017 Hyundai Accent and the 2017 Toyota Yaris iA and less safe than the 2017 Ford Fiesta, the 2017 Kia Forte, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, the 2017 Mazda 3, and the 2017 Ford Focus. It is about as safe as the 2017 Kia Rio, the 2017 Nissan Sentra, and the 2017 Hyundai Veloster.

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