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CARFAX — Your Vehicle History Expert
Sometimes what you don't know can't hurt you, but that's not the case when buying a used car. As an independent vehicle history provider, at CARFAX we've made it our mission to tell you everything you need to know by uncovering as many events as possible from the previous life of a used car. Our primary goal is to help you get to know your next car from the inside out before deciding to make an investment that will be part of you and your family's everyday life. We believe your next car shouldn't be hiding anything from you.
CARFAX Vehicle History Reports contain over 28 billion historical records from 20 European countries, the US and Canada, which are updated daily with new information.
Even if you live in a country we don't collect vehicle data from, it's still always worth checking the Vehicle Identification Number without obligation. The used car import and export market is booming and many owners would be surprised to find out exactly what happened to their vehicle during its previous life abroad.
Privacy for Customers — Transparency over Vehicles
Let's be clear: Although we strive to find every detail of a vehicle's life so far, we are focused only on the vehicle's history, and do not collect any information on previous owners. The information we provide relates solely to the vehicle, its odometer reading, any accidents that have been covered up, where the vehicle comes from and much more — it never gets personal. We've uncovered irreparable damage several times in the past, but other times our vehicle history checks draw a blank — and sometimes that's actually a good thing.
Second Hand — Not Second Best
Did you know that considerably more used cars are sold than new cars? We think this second-hand system is nothing short of fantastic. However, it goes without saying that it gives rise to different methods and tactics: Some sellers will disguise a car that's been in an accident under a fresh coat of paint, tamper with the odometer or conceal theft. This is one of the less appealing aspects of buying second hand. Our goal is to establish trusting relationships between buyers and sellers, since this is the best way to help customers make the right decision. Your new car should be reliable and make you feel safe, as well as make you feel like you haven't paid too much.
But more than anything else, we don't want you or your family unknowingly sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle that isn't 100% safe. This is why we strive to take these vehicles off the road, which not only makes the used car market safer but our streets safer too.
CARFAX — 35+ Years of Experience in Vehicle Histories
CARFAX was founded in the US in 1984 and expanded into Europe in 2007. Around 100 team members spread across six European offices process vehicle information from 22 countries.
Fostering strategic partnerships with registration authorities, law enforcement agencies, government departments, insurance companies, inspection centers and numerous other leading companies around the world has enabled us to compile a unique international database for vehicle histories. We use this database to help make the used car market more transparent. We give everyone in the process of buying a used car access to what is currently the world's most comprehensive source for vehicle history reports, and is growing day by day.
We remain neutral and independent despite our partnerships — our sole purpose is help customers make an informed choice and ensure their safety and the safety of their family. This includes never collecting any personal details — we do not accept any PII from data sources amongst the information we provide about a vehicle. We ensure that data protection laws are observed at all times. Furthermore, we always collect our data in compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks — in all the countries in which we are active. We expressly distance ourselves from illegal activities such as data theft, scraping and hacking.
For the subcompact car sold in Mexico and other Central American markets since 2017, see Chevrolet Sail.
The Chevrolet Aveo (ə-VAY-oh) (sold as Chevrolet Sonic in North America and parts of Asia since 2011) is a subcompact car manufactured since 2002 (by Daewoo from 2002 to 2011), marketed worldwide in 120 countries under seven brands (Chevrolet, Daewoo, Holden, Pontiac, Ravon and Suzuki). The second generation Sonic began with the 2012 model year and was also marketed as the Aveo; production ended in October 2020.
First generation (T200; 2002)
Main article: Chevrolet Aveo (T200)
|First generation (T200)|
|Also called||Chevrolet Kalos|
Holden Barina (TK)
Pontiac G3 Wave
Ravon Nexia R3
|Production||2002–2011 (South Korea)|
2002–present (under license)
|Body style||3/5-door hatchback|
GM Daewoo introduced the "Daewoo Kalos" in September 2002, based on a then-new T200 platform, replacing the Daewoo Lanos (T100). Under development before Daewoo's bankruptcy, the Kalos was the company's first new model introduction following its subsequent takeover by General Motors. Manufacture of the Kalos began in early March 2002, with pre-production prototypes shown at the Geneva Auto Show in April 2002. The nameplate Kalos derives from the Greek word καλός (kalós) for "beautiful" and "good".
Chevrolet Aveo LS five-door (US)
Pontiac Wave sedan (Canada)
Originally designed by Italdesign, the Kalos derives directly from the "Kalos Dream" concept vehicle first presented at the 2000 Paris Motor Show and subsequent developmental concepts at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show, 2002 Geneva Auto Show, and 2003 at the Geneva Show. During this three-year development period Daewoo was struggling financially, with the ultimate fate of the company and the concept vehicle remaining uncertain.
The Kalos was sold in three and four available body styles: a 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback from the beginning of production in 2002, and a 3-door hatchback available in certain European markets beginning in 2005. Two different T200 front-end styling designs were sold. When released in 2002, the T200 headlamps were detached from the horizontal amber turn signal strip, located directly below. This detached style, used primarily in South Korea and North America, was used in conjunction with a semi-elliptical grille. When sales in Europe began in 2003, the headlights were an integrated unit that slanted upwards from the "V-shaped" grille towards the front fenders. In Australia, when the Daewoo Kalos was introduced in 2003, the hatchback featured the integrated lighting arrangement, with the detached style used to differentiate the sedans. In South Korea, where the detached lights were used at first, the integrated design was later utilized as a facelift.
The T200 sedan and five-door hatchback featured a swage line running along the lower body to the rear door, which kinks downward prominently on the five-door. Five-doors also feature a side window in the C/D pillar with a distinctively angled lower edge. Interiors feature a circular motif throughout.
Chevrolet Aveo Eco Logic 3-door (Italy)
Chevrolet Aveo 1.4 5-door (Singapore)
GM introduced a facelifted sedan at the 2005 Auto Shanghai, designed in cooperation with PATAC. Bearing the internal code T250 and sold in South Korea as the "Daewoo Gentra", revisions included exterior styling changes, a new interior instrument panel and minor equipment changes, including increased sound deadening. Incorporation of the radio antenna into the rear glass and extensive wind tunnel testing helped reduce the coefficient of drag from 0.348 to 0.326.
A facelifted hatchback with the sedan's updated instrument panel was presented as the Chevrolet Aveo during the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, to be marketed in Europe and North America. The Korean market received its own distinct restyle of the hatchback, the Gentra X, whose bumper without the distinctly "Chevrolet" split grille was also used for the Pontiac, Holden and Suzuki variants.
With launch of the Gentra X in South Korea, GMDAT had replaced engines of T250. 1.2 L (1206 cc) S-TEC II engine was updated with features such as dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) and timing chain (older version has timing belt) system. 1.6 L E-TEC II engine has been replaced with an updated GEN-III Ecotec Family 1 engine with new features such as variable valve timing mechanism.
Ravon Nexia R3
The facelifted Chevrolet Aveo T250 sedan was launched to the Russian market in 2016 as Ravon Nexia R3. The car is produced at the GM Uzbekistan plant. The Ravon Nexia R3 is available with the 1.5-liter petrol engine (105 hp) paired with the 5-speed manual or the 6-speed automatic.
A version of the T250 was sold in the Brazilian market under the name Chevrolet Cobalt from 2011 to 2019. Unrelated to the previous car sold in North America, this Cobalt replaced the aging local Chevrolet Corsa. The car is equipped with a 1.4 and 1.8 Econo.Flex engine. Although sporting a similar front end style, it is not directly related to the Chevrolet Agile, since it shares the overall underpinnings with the Sonic, while the Agile is derived from the considerably older Opel Corsa B, from 1993.
Second generation (T300; 2012)
|Second generation (T300)|
|Also called||Chevrolet Sonic|
Holden Barina (Australia)
2012–2015 (Thailand, Russia)
|Assembly||South Korea: Bupyeong-gu, Incheon (GM Korea)|
United States: Orion Township, Michigan (Orion Assembly)
China: Yantai, Shandong (SAIC-GM Dongyue Plant)
Mexico: Ramos Arizpe
Colombia: Bogotá (GM Colombia)
Thailand: Rayong (GM Thailand)
Russia: Nizhny Novgorod (GAZ)
|Designer||Ondrej Koromhaz (2008)|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Layout||Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive|
|Platform||GM Gamma II platform|
|Wheelbase||99.4 in (2,525 mm)|
|Length||173.1 in (4,397 mm) (4-door)|
159 in (4,039 mm) (5-door)
|Width||68.3 in (1,735 mm)|
|Height||59.7 in (1,516 mm)|
The second generation Aveo debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, using the Gamma II global subcompact platform. It had been previewed earlier in the year as the Aveo RS concept, shown in concept form with 19-inch wheels and a M32 six-speed manual transmission mated to a 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine, rated at 103 kW (138 hp).
Development of the second-generation Aveo was led by GM Korea, with Opel engineers leading platform development along with significant input from engineers from Australia's Holden and Chevrolet of the United States. The Aveo marked the debut of the Gamma II global subcompact platform. Exterior design was led by Australian designer Ondrej Koromhaz, of Holden who was on assignment to GM Korea from 2005 to 2007. Koromhaz described his goal for the Aveo as being a "four-seat motorcycle" and took design inspiration from motorcycles, notably in the Aveo's exposed headlights and motorcycle-style instrument cluster. For Chevrolet Sonic models built in the United States, the Sonic features suspension tuning by Corvette Racing engineer John Buttermore.
Marketing and production
Chevrolet markets the new Aveo under the Chevrolet Sonic nameplate in the Americas, Japan, Middle East, South Africa and several Southeast Asian markets. In Australia and New Zealand, it was sold as the Holden Barina until stocks ran out in early 2019. In Europe, it retained the "Aveo" name, although sales ended there in 2014 as the Chevrolet brand was discontinued in Europe.
The North American-spec Sonic is available as a 4-door sedan or five-door hatchback. It comes with a 1.8-liter inline-four producing 101 kW (135 hp) and 169 N⋅m (125 lb⋅ft) torque, or a 1.4-liter turbo inline-four producing 103 kW (138 hp) and 201 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) torque. The 1.8-liter engine uses one of few cast-iron block with timing belt; the 1.4L turbo engine uses a timing chain to drive the camshafts. The 1.8-liter inline-four is mated to a standard five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while the 1.4-liter turbo has a six-speed manual transmission. The Sonic is, notably, the only car in its class to be assembled in America. For the 2015 model year, the US Sonic added OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (includes 3GB/three-month data trial), a 1.4-liter turbo engine that became standard on LTZ models, and a new exterior color, Blue Velvet.
On August 2, 2011, the Sonic had entered production at Orion Assembly, with the first cars arriving at dealerships in October. The Sonic was the only subcompact car sold in North America that was built in the United States.
The Sonic used a water-based "three-wet" paint process that eliminates the need for a primer bake oven; this reduced the paint shop footprint by 10%, and used 50% less energy per vehicle painted. Chevy was the first US automaker to use this process.
The Bolt (based on a different platform) joined the Aveo/Sonic on the Orion assembly line in 2016, at a combined rate of 90,000 per year.
The Barina sold in Australia and New Zealand was sourced from South Korea and only available with the 1.6-liter Family 1 engine, with either a 5-speed manual or conventional 4- or 6-speed automatic.
Asia, South America and Russia
Chevrolet Sonic had its ASEAN debut at the Bangkok Motor Show in March 2012, as both a 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback. It was rolled out from GM's facility in Rayong, Thailand on July 3, 2012 as a 4-door sedan. Later, Chevrolet Thailand expected 3 new trim variants; LS, LT and LTZ, in both the 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback models (the LS would be available only with the 4-door sedan) which would run on the 1.4-liter engine with the option of 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Delivery of the 4-door sedan started in late of July 2012, and the hatchback followed in August 2012. The Thai-built Sonic was exported to other ASEAN countries like Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Production ceased in 2015.
The Japanese model was unveiled at the Summer Sonic 2011 event in QVC Marine Field. Production models went on sale on November 12, 2011. Early models included the 5-door hatchback with a 1.6-litre I-4 Ecotec (115 PS) engine, and a 6-speed automatic transmission with TAPshift. The base model is based on the equivalent of North American LTZ trim level, while the LT model includes alloy wheels and metallic paint. The smaller engines allow some operating expense relief with regards to the annual Japanese road tax obligation.
The Sonic is also assembled at the GM Colmotores plant in Bogotá, Colombia, where it was initially introduced for the domestic market only and later also exported to countries in the Andean region. As of December 2012, production was also underway at the GAZ (Gorky Automobile Plant) plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, but during 2015, the contract was discontinued.
The trim levels for the U.S.-market Chevrolet Sonic are as follows:
LS/1LS: Power door locks, manual windows, AM/FM stereo with auxiliary audio input jack and four speakers, fifteen-inch black-painted steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, cloth seating surfaces, OnStar, air conditioning, a 1.8 L I4 engine with five-speed manual transmission, and rear split-folding seat.
LT/1LT adds: Power windows, AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth with Stereo Streaming and auxiliary audio input jack, fifteen-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel-mounted audio system controls, and optional MyLink system with rear vision camera.
LTZ/1LZ/Premier adds: AM/FM touchscreen stereo with USB, auxiliary audio input jacks, Bluetooth with Stereo Streaming and app capabilities via MyLink, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, leatherette seating surfaces, 6-speed automatic transmission, a 1.4 L I4 engine, and remote engine start. Also includes rear vision camera with guidelines.
RS adds: Unique dark silver alloy wheels, rear wing spoiler, RS badging, body kit, leatherette seats with suede inserts (later cloth or leatherette), 6-speed manual transmission and an upgraded 1.4 L I4 engine (later consolidated into a standard package on 2019+ Hatchback (1LT and Premier) models).
At the 2016 New York International Auto Show, Chevrolet revealed the facelift North American version of the Sonic hatchback and sedan. The facelift brought a restyled front fascia, new LED taillights and refreshed equipment. The Barina sold in Australia and New Zealand was available only with 6-speed conventional automatic, the 4-speed model being dropped, with the same 5-speed manual in the standard model.
The LTZ trim level was renamed Premier for the 2017 model year. The previous RS trim level became a standard appearance package for all Hatchback models (1LT and Premier), and included unique upholstery (cloth trim for the 1LT, and perforated leatherette trim for the Premier), red interior accents and stitching, unique 'RS' badging, and unique aluminum-alloy wheels (16" for LT and 17" for Premier). The 1LS model was now only available as a Sedan. Also for 2017, all models gained a new standard touchscreen Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with Bluetooth, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Autosmartphone integration, as well as a standard rear backup camera integrated into the touchscreen display. 1LT and above models received SiriusXMSatellite Radio and a remote start system as standard equipment (the latter only when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission).
|1.2 L (1,229 cc) LDC/LWB EcotecI4||51 kW (69 PS; 68 hp)||115 N⋅m (85 lb⋅ft)||2011–|
|62 kW (84 PS; 83 hp)||115 N⋅m (85 lb⋅ft)||2011–|
|1.4 L (1,398 cc) LDD EcotecI4||74 kW (101 PS; 99 hp)||130 N⋅m (96 lb⋅ft)||2011–|
|1.4 L (1,364 cc) LUV EcotecI4 (t/c)|
|103 kW (140 PS; 138 hp)||201 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) (NA)||2011–|
|1.6 L (1,598 cc) LDE EcotecI4||85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp)||155 N⋅m (114 lb⋅ft)||2011–|
|1.8 L (1,796 cc) LUW EcotecI4|
|103 kW; 140 PS (138 hp) (NA)||169 N⋅m (125 lb⋅ft) (NA)||2011–2018|
|1.3 L (1248 cc) CDTI LDV/LSFI4 (t/c)||55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp)||190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft)||2011–|
|70 kW (95 PS; 94 hp)||210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft)||2011–|
In marketing the Sonic, GM had the car driven by skateboarder Rob Dyrdek in a full 360-degree rotation (referred to as a kickflip) off a ramp and over an oversized skateboard. In addition, GM produced a commercial for Super Bowl XLVI called "Stunt Anthem", which featured the kickflip, as well as other Sonics skydiving, doing a bungee jump, and scenes from OK Go's music video for the song "Needing/Getting." The song featured in the commercial is "We Are Young" by Fun.
The Sonic was discontinued in Canada after the 2018 model year. In March 2019, the Aveo was discontinued in South Korea. Chevrolet is discontinuing the Sonic after the 2020 model year, due to GM's plans to convert the Orion assembly to EV production and declining sales. There are no plans for a successor. The Sonic ended production on October 20, 2020.
Main article: Chevrolet Sail § Third generation (2016–present)
In several Central American countries, the Aveo nameplate is being used for the third-generation Chevrolet Sail sedan, which went on sale in Mexico in November 2017 for the 2019 model year. The Chinese-made Sail was renamed as to avoid being related to the second-generation Sail, which obtained zero star rating in Latin NCAP in a variant without airbags.
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Chevrolet Sonic 2012-2016: engines, fuel economy, problems, interior photos
Updated: October 15, 2019Chevrolet Sonic replaced the Aveo in 2012. It's the first subcompact built in the U.S. With its "fearsome" look and an available turbocharged engine, the Sonic adds excitement to the subcompact category. Top safety ratings and agile handling are also high points.
Surprisingly for a compact car, the Sonic's list of available features includes heated seats, remote starter, satellite radio and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity. Is the Sonic reliable? What should used car buyers be aware of? We've done our research - starting with the lineup:
Lineup:The Sonic is available as a 5-door hatchback or 4-door sedan.
Engines:Two Ecotec engines are available: the 138-hp 1.8L and the 138-hp 1.4L-turbo. These are the same engines as in the Chevrolet Cruze. The 1.8L is a solid motor but at higher mileage it will need some minor repairs here and there (leaks, intake issues, etc.), read more below.
The 1.4L is a bit more sensitive to overheating and other issues. Some of the problems may lead to excessive oil consumption; which means check the oil level regularly.
Read also: Pros and cons of buying a car with a Turbocharger. Timing belt or timing chain:The 1.8L engine has a timing belt. According to the owner's manual for 2012 US Chevrolet Sonic, the timing belt in a 1.8L engine must be changed at 97,500 miles (156,000 km). Some owners change the timing belt earlier as a precaution. The 1.4L turbo engine uses a timing chain to drive the camshafts. The timing chain only needs to be changed if there is some issue with it.
Mechanical:The Sonic comes with a 6-speed automatic or a rare manual gearbox (5-speed manual with 1.8L and 6-speed manual with 1.4L turbo).
Handling and ride:On the road, the Sonic is fun to drive. The ride is surprisingly quiet, although you will hear the engine on acceleration. The car handles very well for its size. According to Motor Trend, the 1.4L turbo Sonic with a six-speed manual transmission races from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.1 seconds.
Fuel Economy:The EPA rates the 2012 Sonic with the 1.4L-turbo engine and an auto transmission at 27/36 mpgcity/highway. The 2012 1.8L Sonic with an automatic transmission is rated at 24/34 mpg. To help you save on gas, the Sonic's Driver Information Center displays the average fuel economy.
Safety:Standard safety equipment includes Antilock brakes and StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control.
Problems: Oil and coolant leaks, as well as Check Engine light issues, are not uncommon. A failed PCV diaphragm in the valve cover or a missing intake manifold check valve can cause Check Engine light with codes P0171, P0106, excessive oil consumption, rough idle and other issues in the 1.4L turbo engine. The 1.8L also has problems with the PCV system. Check this threadat Cruzetalk.com for more details (the Cruze and the Sonic share the same engines).
The code P1101 in the 1.4L turbo engine could be caused by a faulty PCV pipe.
A faulty oil pressure switch may leak oil and cause the oil light to come on.
The water pump failures are mentioned by several owners. The GM service bulletin 14371A describes the issue with a leaking water pump in the 2012-2014 Sonic with a 1.4L engine. According to the bulletin, the coverage for the leaking water pump has been extended to 10 years or 150,000 miles; the solution is to replace the water pump.
Coolant leaks from the thermostat housing have also been reported.
Suspension problems are frequent too, including bad sway bar links and struts.
Overall, the 1.8L Ecotec seems less troublesome, while the 1.4L turbo requires more frequent attention and maintenance.
As of October 2019, Consumer Reports rates only the 2014 Sonic 'better than average' for reliability; the 2012 and 2013 models are rated poorly. The 2012 Sonic got the lowest scores. Among similar cars, we would recommend Toyota Yaris or Honda Fit. If you have Chevy Sonic, keep all the fluids and engine oil topped up. If you notice that the engine consumes oil, look into the repair options before the lack of oil causes more problems.
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Interior: In line with other GM models, the Sonic has a dual-cockpit dashboard with matching front door panels. The small motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster looks original. There are two convenient pockets on both sides of the center console. The storage above the glove box will hold your phone as it hosts the second auxiliary input jack and an available USB port.
The Sonic's steering wheel tilts and telescopes. The front seats offer plenty of head- and legroom. The rear headroom is OK in the hatchback, but the legroom is tight. The rear seats fold down for extra cargo space. There is also a large cargo compartment under the cargo floor.
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