Chevrolet Sonic vs. Chevrolet Cruze

2017 Chevy Sonic

2017 Chevrolet Sonic

2017 Chevy Cruze

2017 Chevrolet Cruze


Drivers in the market for a car that is easy to maneuver, delivers impressive gas mileage, and serves up an outstanding array of state-of-the-art amenities are sure to find what they’re looking for onboard the 2017 Chevy Sonic and the 2017 Chevy Cruze.

In comparing the Sonic vs. the Cruze, high-quality assets abound in each vehicle, and drivers will come away winners no matter which one they pick. But how to narrow it down to the car that will best fit your needs and wants?

Never fear—our buyers guide is here! Keep reading as we compare the Sonic and the Cruze side by side. We’ll discuss their various attributes in detail and help you pinpoint the vehicle that is right for you!

Incredible Affordability

If you’re like most buyers, then you have your eye carefully on your budget as you shop for a new car. Well, we have good news: When it comes to their price points, both the Cruze and the Sonic are amazingly affordable.The starting costs for both these cars are less than $2,000 apart. If budget is a top concern, however, the Sonic is the car you’ll likely opt for.

Pricing and trims for the Sonic lineup shape up as follows:

  • Sonic LS: Pricing starts at $15,145 MSRP
  • Sonic LT: Pricing starts at $17,530 MSRP
  • Sonic Premier: Pricing starts at $19,720 MSRP

The Cruze lineup includes the following trim levels and prices:

  • Cruze L: Pricing begins at $16,975 MSRP
  • Cruze LS: Pricing begins at $18,525 MSRP
  • Cruze LT: Pricing begins at $20,150 MSRP
  • Cruze Premier: Pricing begins at $23,475 MSRP


Fuel Economy

There are even more cost savings to be had when you’re considering buying the Sonic or the Cruze, as each achieves impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy. If fuel efficiency is something you’re keenly concerned about, then the Cruze is the model you will likely opt for.

Onboard the Cruze LS and LT models that are equipped with automatic transmission, fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The Premier trim, which comes equipped with manual transmission, delivers 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. In the L, LS, and LT models that are equipped with manual transmission, fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

In the Sonic, the LS and LT trims with an automatic transmission deliver 24 city mpg and 34 highway mpg, while the LS trim with manual transmission delivers 25 city mpg and 33 highway mpg, the LT and Premier models with manual transmission offer 28 city mpg and 28 highway mpg, and the Premier trim with automatic transmission achieves 27 city mpg and 27 highway mpg.

Cargo Capacity

If plentiful cargo room is something you’re particularly looking for as you search for a new car, then the Sonic pulls ahead of the Cruze in that category.

The Sonic’s trunk serves up 14.9 cubic feet of space for drivers and passengers to fill with their luggage, gear, and anything else they need to transport from point A to point B.

Onboard the Chevy Cruze, trunk space ranges from 13.9 cubic feet in the LT manual, LT automatic, and Premier automatic models to 14.8 cubic feet in the L manual, LS manual, and LS automatic trims.

Engine Power

If you’re looking for maximum engine output onboard your next car, then the Chevy Cruze is the model you’ll be drawn to.

The Cruze models are each powered by a 1.4L DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.

The Sonic lineup features two engine options:

  • 1.8L EcoTec 4-cylinder engine that generates 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque
  • 1.4L EcoTec turbo engine that delivers 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque

2017 Chevrolet Sonic

2017 Chevrolet Sonic

2017 Chevrolet Cruze

2017 Chevrolet Cruze


2017 Chevrolet Sonic front exterior

Make Your Decision in Person

If you’re still on the fence deciding which vehicle will better fit your needs, then come try the 2017 Chevy Sonic or the 2017 Chevy Cruze with the team at Biggers Chevy. We invite you to perform the ultimate comparison between these two outstanding cars: behind the wheel, and out on the road.

Drivers can learn more about the Sonic and the Cruze and then take each car for a test drive at Biggers Chevy. Our friendly, knowledgeable crew members are here to help you and will walk you through all the features and options for each vehicle, answer any questions you may have, and then get the keys in your hand and get you out on the road to test these models out for yourself.

We look forward to seeing you!