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2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Small car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
  • Small overlap front
    M
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2013 Chevrolet Sonic shown
2013 Chevrolet Sonic shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
M
G
G
G
G
2013
M
G
G
G
G
2012
M
G
G
G
G

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
M
Restraints and dummy kinematics
M
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Chevrolet Sonic was introduced in the 2012 model year. The small overlap frontal ratings apply to both the 4-door sedan and hatchback (5-door) versions of the Sonic.

Structure

The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 15 cm, and the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel intruded 8-11 cm.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left knee and right lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity. (Note: during the test, part of the injury data from the neck was not obtained, but after the Institute reviewed comparable test data from General Motors, the head/neck injury risk was rated good.)

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed too late during the crash, after the head had moved to the left and was already rebounding, outboard of the inflating curtain, leaving the dummy's head vulnerable to contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Chevrolet Sonic LT 4-door
Weight 2,779 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase99 in.
Length173 in.
Width68 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1313
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)15
Footrest (cm)8
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)5
Steering column0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)10
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)11
Lower instrument panel (cm)8

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1313
Head
HIC-15199
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)2.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)
Maximum Nij
Chest maximum compression (mm)19
Femur (kN)
Left1.4
Right3.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left14
Right10
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right1
Maximum tibia index
Left0.61
Right0.89
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left1.4
Right6.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left65
Right99

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Chevrolet Sonic was introduced in the 2012 model year as a replacement for the Chevrolet Aveo. The frontal ratings apply to both the 4-door sedan and hatchback (5-door) versions of the Sonic.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT 4-door
Weight 2,798 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase99 in.
Length173 in.
Width68 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF1109
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)2
Left (cm)9
Center (cm)4
Right (cm)3
Brake pedal (cm)7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-2
Rearward (cm)6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF1109
Head
HIC-15467
Peak gs at hard contact94.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)13
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm)25
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.4
Femur force - right (kN)0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.24
Maximum tibia index - right0.30
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left55
Right93

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Chevrolet Sonic was introduced in the 2012 model year as a replacement for the Chevrolet Aveo. The side ratings apply to both the 4-door sedan and hatchback (5-door) versions of the Sonic.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT 4-door
Weight 2,798 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase99 in.
Length173 in.
Width68 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES1115
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-15.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES1115
Head HIC-15116
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)27
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)31
Average deflection (mm)30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.94
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.56
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.7
Acetabulum force (kN)1.7
Combined force (kN)3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.0
L-M moment (Nm)192
A-P moment (Nm) 67

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES1115
Head HIC-1579
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)19
Lateral force (kN)1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)25
Average deflection (mm)20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.44
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.17
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)1.2
Combined force (kN)1.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)112
A-P moment (Nm) 41

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight2,787 lbs
Peak force14,976 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.37
Tested vehicle
Rating also applies to the 4-door hatchback (5-door) version.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic 2LT 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)25
Distance below top of head (mm)18
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.5
Head contact time (ms)57
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)380

Applies to 2014 models

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Alert

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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