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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal impact; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' rear impact; Top Safety Pick; 'marginal,' small overlap frontal impact
The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is one of the safer subcompact picks on the market, but a Marginal rating on one tough new IIHS crash test has lost the car its previous Top Safety Pick rating. Still, it comes standard with 10 airbags, and the recent all-new global platform under the Sonic should provides good occupant protection. You can feel the solidity and vault-like structure inside the car, unlike some competitors that simply feel less substantial, regardless of their ratings.
As well as the Top Safety Pick honor from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (let down somewhat by a 'marginal' rating in the small overlap frontal test), t
The 2014 Sonic is rated at five stars (the highest possible score) across the board by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives it the top rating of Good for moderate-overlap front crash, side crash, and roof-crush tests, as well as its seats and headrests.
Despite its rear drum brakes, a cost-saving move, all Sonics are fitted with anti-lock brakes (as are all new cars) along with Brake Assist. Last year saw the addition of blind-spot mirrors on all trim levels, and for 2014, Chevy has added a new optional safety package that bundles Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert. It's available on all Sonics except the most basic LS model. A rear-vision camera is also available on models fitted with the MyLink infotainment system.
Though the 2014 Chevy Sonic's small-overlap crash score hurts it, Chevy added more safety features this year