2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety Features

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    2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety Features

    GM's latest gadgets are proliferating one of their least expensive cars.
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    May 13, 2013
    By: Nick Saporito


    Since launching nearly two years ago, Chevrolet has consistently added new features to their Sonic sub-compact and 2014 model year appears to be no different. For 2014 the bow-tie brand is adding several new technology and safety features, likely in an attempt to keep ahead of ever increasing competition in the segment.

    At the top of the list of changes for 2014, the Sonic is gaining some of the same technology that just debuted in Cadillac products within the last year. GM's lane departure warning and forward collision alert system will be available as an option on the Sonic. It is not clear if the system will be standard on higher trim levels or optional across the board.

    The system utilizes a windshield mounted high resolution camera to view both the lane boundaries on the road and the vehicle (if any) in front of the car. If the system detects the car veering outside of the lane markings, the car will issue a audible warning to let the driver know. If the car feels that a forward collision is imminent it will play a louder alert clime and flash red LED lights within the driver's viewpoint in the windshield.

    In addition, the Sonic is gaining a rear-view camera for 2014. The camera is standard on LTZ and RS trims, while optional on LT.

    Aside from the additional gadgets, the remainder of the changes to the 2014 Sonic are typical model year changes. New colors and packaging are in store, as well as the addition of optional fog lamps on LT trim.

    The changes are likely in part the reaction of new competition from the redesigned 2014 Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta has added several options, such as auto climate control and a rear-view camera, however the Fiesta does not offer lane departure warning or forward collision alert.

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    Re: 2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety

    Now, GM needs to learn how to do this across all of their vehicle segments.
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    Good idea, I assume the Sonic attracts a younger buyer. The very buyer more likely to text while driving so a lane departure warning system is a great idea! Though I'm middle aged and want this in my next vehicle as my wife accuses me of being a bobble head (looking all around).

    I assume the rear view camera is a cheap piece of innovation - off the shelf laptop camera and the display screen is already there for mylink (or whatever the Chevy CUE system equivalent is called).

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    Re: 2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety Features

    Now if they'd just redesign the rear so that it doesn' t look like it was chopped off with a gillotine....

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    Re: 2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety Features

    Great to see GM updating! But on the other end those wheels have got to go.

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    Re: 2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety Features

    Can't wait to get in one next month to test out the much criticised 5 speed manual (yes, backed by the 1.6 Normally Aspirated). I think the hatch looks great. Something to stand out from the rest of the competition.

    Now about sticking in the Oz tuned 1.8.....
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    Re: 2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety Features

    The Sonis is a great little car. I wish GM would add the 1.6 or 2.0t and AWD from Opel to the Sonic. That way they would have a Golf GTI answer
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    Rear view on a subcompact? When will the madness end? I have a feeling all of this crap will be government mandated soon and that's why all the companies are doing it. Thousands of dollars worth of techie toys.
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    Re: 2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety Features

    Quote Originally Posted by steve333 View Post
    Rear view on a subcompact? When will the madness end? I have a feeling all of this crap will be government mandated soon and that's why all the companies are doing it. Thousands of dollars worth of techie toys.
    Remember when we used to get into cars and just drive?
    Pretty sure rear view camera is being mandated in a few years.

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    Re: 2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety Features

    Internally GM needs to reflect on the Sonic and learn from it. The product, execution, marketing, and follow up have all been very good.
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    Re: 2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety Features

    Looks like Sonic and Fiesta are beginning to pull away from the pack in terms of refinement. Why would anyone buy a Fit at this point?

    And while the Versa sells in much greater numbers, it's still in the bargain basement and is the ugliest car in the segment.

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    now if they would add something to help with "winter handling".
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    Re: 2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety

    They also need to do before ford and have a Trump Card waiting when ford responds with the usual one upsmanship the have been laying on GM the last five years.

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    Re: 2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety Features

    Quote Originally Posted by steve333 View Post
    Rear view on a subcompact? When will the madness end? I have a feeling all of this crap will be government mandated soon and that's why all the companies are doing it. Thousands of dollars worth of techie toys.
    Remember when we used to get into cars and just drive?
    Yes, when will the nanny state mentality end? If it reigns in the daydreamers it might be a good thing though.

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    Re: 2014 Sonic Gaining More Tech, Safety Features

    Pretty well everything about the Sonic is excellent. It does need more power. Put the 1.6 turbo in the Cruze and Sonic and things will be good.
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