One of the most notable updates to the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic is the inclusion of a rear vision camera as a standard feature across all models and trim levels. By comparison, the 2016 Sonic has the camera as standard only on the range-topping LTZ trim level, offers it as an option on the Sonic LT, and does not offer it at all (even as an option) on the base LS trim.
The rear-vision camera functions by using a camera mounted at the rear of the Sonic to show what is behind the car on a screen inside the vehicle when it is in reverse, thereby improving convenience and safety. In the case of the 2017 Sonic, the video image from the camera is displayed on a 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen of the new MyLink system, which also features segment-exclusive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
The rear vision camera joins various other standard and optional safety features of the 2017 Sonic, including:
Standard Safety Features
- 10 standard air bags
- Stabilitrak electronic stability control (ESC)
- Antilock braking system (ABS)
Optional Safety Features
- Forward Collision Alert
- Lane Departure Warning
- Rear Park Assist
These, along with the other mid-cycle changes and updates make the subcompact vehicle family even more competitive than it was before.