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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Price, Review, Specs

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is an all-new subcompact, available in both sedan and four-door-hatchback configurations. The Sonic is Chevrolet’s new small car that boasts a youthful, sporty design in both 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan body styles.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact that’s available as a sedan and a four-door hatchback. Both body styles come in three trims: LS, LT and LTZ.

The LS includes 15-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a four-way (manual) adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split rear seat, a trip computer, OnStar and a four-speaker AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. A six-speaker sound system with a CD/MP3 player and satellite radio is available as an option.

LT models add the LS trim’s optional six-speaker setup, along with heated side mirrors, full power accessories and upgraded cloth upholstery. Additionally, this trim is eligible for a Connectivity Plus Cruise package that includes cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an iPod/USB audio interface and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. LT models equipped with an automatic transmission get a remote vehicle starter system with this package. The LT trim is also eligible for a Wheels and Foglamp package that includes 16-inch wheels and foglamps.

With the top-of-the-line LTZ trim, you get the LT’s standard features and the amenities in the Connectivity Plus Cruise package, along with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated front seats, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A sunroof is available as an option.

Powertrains and Performance

The standard engine on the 2012 Sonic is a 1.8-liter inline-4 that makes 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. LT and LTZ models are available with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-4 that generates 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard with the 1.8 liter, with a six-speed automatic available as an option. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the turbocharged 1.4, and it’s the only transmission available with this engine.

EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for the 1.8-liter engine with the manual transmission, with the engine getting 25/35/28 with the automatic. Chevy’s estimates place the turbocharged 1.4-liter at 29/40.

Safety

All 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models come standard with stability control, antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and side-impact airbags for all outboard passengers (front and rear).

In government crash testing, the Sonic received a perfect five stars for overall protection, overall frontal protection and overall side protection. This is the strongest performance currently in the class. The Sonic was rated a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, receiving a top score of “Good” in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Sonic’s industrial-theme cabin is handsome to look at, with a thoroughly modern feel. Materials quality is respectable, though there are some cheap-looking plastics in evidence. Controls are logically clustered and clearly labeled, making it easy to find one’s way around the center stack. Factory-installed navigation isn’t offered, but given the wide range of inexpensive portable and handheld nav systems on the market, we don’t see this omission being a problem for most shoppers.

The front row offers good shoulder and headroom, and rear passengers benefit from legroom that’s among the best in the segment. Luggage capacity on the Sonic hatch is midpack, at 19 cubic feet; maximum cargo capacity is 30.9 cubic feet, well behind that of rivals like the Fit and the Accent. The sedan’s trunk accommodates 14 cubic feet of luggage, making it among the roomiest in this segment.

Driving Impressions

With the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, you get engaging handling that doesn’t come at the expense of a comfortable ride. Ride quality is firm enough to paint a realistic picture of the road, while at the same time being accommodating enough to buffer undue harshness. The car’s steering is one of its high points — light in parking lots but well-weighted and natural-feeling at speed. In total, the Sonic drives like a bigger, more composed car than you would expect.

Both of the Sonic’s engines offer good performance for this segment. The turbocharged 1.4 is especially torquey and peppy, offering 0-60-mph acceleration that’s almost a full second quicker than that of some rivals. The cabin is relatively quiet both on surface streets and on the freeway.

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Price :

MSRP range: $13,865 – $18,625
Invoice price range: $13,518 – $17,694

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Specs :

LS
* 1.8L 4-cyl. engine
* Automatic transmission
* Up to 26 cty/35 hwy mpg
* MP3 Player
* Side/Curtain Airbags
* Stability Control
* Traction Control

LT
* 1.8L 4-cyl. engine
* Automatic transmission
* Up to 26 cty/35 hwy mpg
* MP3 Player
* Satellite radio
* Side/Curtain Airbags
* Stability Control
* Traction Control

LTZ
* 1.8L 4-cyl. engine
* Automatic transmission
* Up to 26 cty/35 hwy mpg
* Bluetooth
* iPod input
* Satellite radio
* Side/Curtain Airbags
* Stability Control
* Traction Control

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