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2015 Chevrolet Sonic Preview

What will change? Maybe some trim and features. These subcompact sedans and hatchbacks came to America for model-year 2012, and the next all-new versions probably won’t appear before model-year 2017. That suggests the possibility of a minor facelift to keep them fresh in the interim.

Why wait for the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic? To get the latest styling and equipment. Appearance changes aren’t likely to amount to more than a reshaped grille, front bumper, and headlights. Different cabin-surface textures and perhaps new taillamp lenses could round-out the updates. Chevy probably won’t introduce major new features, but could expand availability of such items as the rearview camera to the least-expensive Sonic model.

Why buy a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic? To get a surprisingly likable little car before Chevy raises the price without making substantive changes. The 2014 Sonic almost certainly will have the same powertrains, interior dimensions, and trim levels as the 2015. Long-term resale value hardly would be affected by anything planned for model-year 2015. But dealers are apt to offer discounts to clear inventories to make way for the facelifted models. Take advantage.

About Chuck Giametta

This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo.

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