A sub-compact FWD vehicle available in five door hatchback and sedan trim levels, the all new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is available with two different engines; a standard 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp/125 lb-ft of torque and an optional 1.4-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 138 hp/148 lb-ft of torque. The base engine is paired with a 5-speed manual while the optional engine can be paired with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Although the Sonic will technically be "replacing" the Aveo in North America, the same car will be marketed overseas as the Chevrolet Aveo. Features include 17-inch aluminum wheels, available remote start, available USB jack, standard theft protection, standard driver info center, hands-free phone capabilities, 10 standard airbags, and 6 months of complimentary OnStar. The Sonic is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a front-wheel-drive 5-door hatchback or 4-door sedan in the growing subcompact segment. This successor to the Aveo benefits from GM's all-new global small vehicle architecture and comes powered by either a 1.8L 4-cylinder churning out 138 hp, or a 1.4L turbocharged four with the same amount of power, but an impressive 148 ft-lb of torque. They are the same engines available in the larger Chevrolet Cruze; the 1.8 is mated to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed auto, while the 1.4 is paired with either a 6-speed manual or the 6-speed auto. The Sonic is expected to return fuel economy numbers around 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, and pricing starts at $13,735.
Aggressive styling; fuel efficiency; available turbocharged engine; sedan or hatchback design to suit several needs; nimble handling
The subcompact segment seems to get larger by the year, and the 2012 Sonic faces stiff competition from established players like the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit. With its nimble chassis and turbocharged 1.4L engine--the only turbo in its class--the Sonic offers a spirited driving experience its rivals can't match. Sedan or hatchback body styles also give it the edge, and with a low entry price and plenty of convenience options just a click away, the Sonic stands out as a real bargain for shoppers on a budget.