My thought is oil / filter changes are kind of like flushing a toilet . Both dispose of things you do not wish " hanging around " .
Our little Sonic does not have a turbo or GDI ( for which I am glad ) .
I change oil pretty frequently , partially because I wish to try to keep the little oil passages in the cam phaser assembly clean . The cam phaser is an expensive repair I wish to avoid .
Keeping the rest of the inside of the engine as clean as I can , is an additional benefit .