1st Generation (2012—2016) Sonic Problems

Sonic owners with a 2012—2016 model year have the most problems with the interior (21%), engine (18%), and the transmission (15%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Bad Transmission 6 complaints at an average of 70,739 miles in the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic.
  2. Engine Died 3 complaints at an average of 12,967 miles in the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic.
  3. Hesitates When Shifting 16 complaints at an average of 29,769 miles in the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic.

What Sonic Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chevrolet model years.

Watch out for the 2012 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2016 2 2 451 1.63
2015 17 3 675 7.33
2014 27 4 862 7.78
2013 69 5 1064 25.49
2012 169 7 985 37.83

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