At the time of writing, the 2013 Sonic remains the lowest-priced model in the Chevrolet lineup; although later this model year it will be joined by an even smaller and more affordable Spark hatchback. So it's no surprise that Chevy isn't putting out any stripped-down, bare-bones version of the Sonic; all of the models, even at the base LS level, get alloy wheels, plus remote keyless entry and air conditioning.
New for 2013 is the Chevrolet MyLink system, which includes a seven-inch color touch screen, voice recognition, and connectivity for hands-free calling, streaming audio, and apps for streaming audio (Pandora or Stitcher). MyLink is standard on LTZ and RS models, and available on the Sonic LS and LT.
The mid-level Sonic LT adds a six-speaker sound system plus XM satellite radio, as well as power heated mirrors and driver's side auto-up/down, while the top-of-the-line LTZ gets heated leatherette front seats, cruise control, fog lamps, and large 17-inch alloy wheels.
Chevy has also revised the Sonic's feature set for 2013 so that Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls are included even on the base LS, and LT models with the automatic transmission include remote start. Also a new Connectivity & Cruise package brings cruise control and a USB port to the LT.
For now, a true navigation system remains unavailable in the Sonic; although a new smartphone-based app will arrive soon, later in the model year.