With a significant refresh for the 2017 model year, Chevrolet’s Sonic gets a sportier look and some upgrades the available standard features. This 5-passenger subcompact retains every bit of its solid value. The Sonic sedan will continue to offer 3 trims: the LS and the mid-level LT while a new high-end Premier replaces the LTZ. The Sonic hatchback is offered with the LT and Premier trim levels, with the RS styling cues, features, and power now standard. Styling changes include front fascia design, a new hood, and grille. Reworked wheels and available LED running lights are also available for the next model year. In the inside, keyless entry and ignition are expected to debut, as well as heated cloth-upholstered and the new heated steering wheel and front seats in the LT. Above trims are anticipated to offer a power-adjustable driver’s seat and rear parking sensors and GM's highly acclaimed MyLink system will now feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app capacity. In terms of trunk space, the sedan will again offer 14.9 cubic feet, while the hatchback gives 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded. The standard engine aboard the 2017 Sonic LS and LT continues to be a 138-hp 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine paired with either the standard 5-speed manual transmission or the available 6-speed shiftable automatic. Each manage 125 lb-ft of torque. Expect fuel economy estimates similar to the current edition’s 26 /35/30 mpg with the manual and 24/35/28mpg with the automatic. A 1.4-liter turbocharged I4 comes standard aboard the Premier and both Hatchback trims. This engine is paired by either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed shiftable automatic. The turbo I4 puts out the same 138 hp as the non-turbocharged engine, but torque ups to 148 lb-ft. LTZ trims from 2016 get mileage of 29/40/33mpg with the manual and 27/37/31mpg with the automatic. Current RS Sonic variations feature sportier gearing, getting 27/34/30mpg with the manual and 25/33/28mpg with the automatic. FWD is now standard across the lineup. The NHTSA gives the current Sonic its highest score of 5 stars for overall crashworthiness, and the IIHS awarded the Chevy its highest score of Good on all tests except the recently mandatory small-overlap frontal-offset test, It received, like most of its rivals, a second-worst score of Marginal. Rivals to the Sonic continue to be the Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, and Honda Fit. Look for the newly reworked 2017 Sonic to go on sale in the fall of 2016.