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Chevrolet Sonic Gas Mileage (MPG)

Unlike other fuel economy surveys, TrueDelta's Real-World Gas Mileage Survey includes questions about how and where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of the Chevrolet Sonic's real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.

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Chevrolet Sonic Gas Mileage

Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat med hvy 50 50 0 0 N/A 20.6
  flat med none 0 10 5 85 70 40.9
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat med light 25 30 3 43 70 30.8  
  Averages flat med light 25 30 3 43 70 30.8
With the turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive, 2013 Chevrolet Sonic fuel economy has been averaging 30.8 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2013 Chevrolet Sonics in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 70 miles per hour (about 43 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (30 percent), in heavy traffic (25 percent), and in the suburbs (3 percent).

In addition the average 2013 Chevrolet Sonic in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2013 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 2 48 48 2 60 30.0
  flat light none 0 0 0 100 55 45.0
2013 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 1 24 24 51 58 37.5  
  Averages flat light none 1 24 24 51 58 37.5
With the 138-horsepower 1.8L I4 engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic has been averaging 37.5 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2013 Chevrolet Sonics in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 58 miles per hour (about 51 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (24 percent), in the suburbs (24 percent), and in heavy traffic (1 percent).

In addition the average 2013 Chevrolet Sonic in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC not used at all.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2013 4dr Hatch turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light hvy 0 50 30 20 50 30.1
  flat light hvy 0 91 0 9 50 30.6
  flat light hvy 0 50 0 50 60 32.7
  flat light hvy 0 80 10 10 50 30.7
  flat light hvy 0 80 10 10 50 30.7
2013 4dr Hatch turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light hvy 0 70 10 20 52 31.0  
  Averages flat light hvy 0 70 10 20 52 31.0
With the turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4 engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, 2013 Chevrolet Sonic gas mileage has been averaging 31.0 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2013 Chevrolet Sonics in this analysis were driven mostly in the city (about 70 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were on the highway at an average speed of 52 miles per hour (20 percent), in the suburbs (10 percent), and in heavy traffic (0 percent).

In addition the average 2013 Chevrolet Sonic in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on most or all of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat lead none 10 10 20 60 75 30.0
  hills light none 0 10 70 20 65 41.6
  hills light none 0 10 70 20 65 41.0
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
hills med none 3 10 53 33 68 37.5  
  Averages hills med none 3 10 53 33 68 37.5
With the turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive, 2012 Chevrolet Sonic fuel economy has been averaging 37.5 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonics in this analysis were driven mostly in the suburbs (about 53 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were on the highway at an average speed of 68 miles per hour (33 percent), in the city (10 percent), and in heavy traffic (3 percent).

In addition the average 2012 Chevrolet Sonic in this analysis was driven on hilly terrain with a medium foot and the AC not used at all.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2012 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 0 0 20 80 60 32.6
2012 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 0 0 20 80 60 32.6  
  Averages flat med light 0 0 20 80 60 32.6
With the 138-horsepower 1.8L I4 engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic has been averaging 32.6 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonics in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 60 miles per hour (about 80 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (20 percent), in heavy traffic (0 percent), and in the city (0 percent).

In addition the average 2012 Chevrolet Sonic in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2012 4dr Hatch turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat v.lt none 1 4 10 85 65 37.5
2012 4dr Hatch turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat v.lt none 1 4 10 85 65 37.5  
  Averages flat v.lt none 1 4 10 85 65 37.5
With the turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4 engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, 2012 Chevrolet Sonic gas mileage has been averaging 37.5 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonics in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 65 miles per hour (about 85 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (10 percent), in the city (4 percent), and in heavy traffic (1 percent).

In addition the average 2012 Chevrolet Sonic in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with an ultra-light foot and the AC not used at all.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2012 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 0 47 47 5 70 25.3
  flat light none 0 50 15 35 70 28.2
  flat light light 0 60 35 5 70 25.5
2012 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 0 52 32 15 70 26.3  
  Averages flat light light 0 52 32 15 70 26.3
With the turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive, 2012 Chevrolet Sonic fuel economy has been averaging 26.3 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonics in this analysis were driven mostly in the city (about 52 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (32 percent), on the highway at an average speed of 70 miles per hour (15 percent), and in heavy traffic (0 percent).

In addition the average 2012 Chevrolet Sonic in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on only some of the time.

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Chevrolet Sonic Fuel Economy: Pros
Year Body/Powertrain Comment
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4 6-sp manual FWD The fuel economy is excellent on this car as long as you are not on the pedal too heavy. Freeway (70-75 mph) mileage is around 40 to 42 mpg. Rural highway (55-62 mph) 42-46 mpg. The worst mpg i have every experienced is 36.5. This was mostly in town with the AC on.
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4 6-sp manual FWD Have never got below 37.7 miles to the gallon. I do drive conservatively but even when my husband who drives significantly more aggressive the gas mileage has been excellent