2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Video Road Test and Review

The Chevrolet Sonic is a four door five passenger compact economy car that is available in both sedan and hatchback bodies, powered by a 1.8 Liter ECOTEC four cylinder that produces 138 HP and 125 lb-ft of torque and gets an estimated 26 MPG in the city and as much as 35 MPG on the highway and up to 30.7 cubic feet of storage capacity in the hatch with the 60/40 split rear seats folded flat.

The entry level Sonic 1LS starts at $13,735 for the four door and $14,635 for the hatch, and comes with a five speed manual, six months worth of OnStar, ten standard airbags, remote keyless entry and a set of 15 inch aluminum wheels.  The $14,805/$15,705 (sedan/hatchback) Sonic 2LT gets a six speed automatic gearbox.

The Sonic 1LT starts at $14,935/$15,735 (sedan/hatchback) and comes from the factory with three months of Sirius XM Satellite radio, and is available with the fuel efficient downsized ECOTEC 1.4 Liter turbocharged four cylinder that makes 138 HP and 148 lb-ft of torque being channeled through a six speed manual transmission, returning an estimated 29 MPG around town and up to 40 MPG on the highway as a gas saving option without having to sacrifice an ounce of performance.  The next step up is the Sonic 2LT, that comes equipped with six speed automatic, and soon to be available 1.4 Liter turbocharged ECOTEC engine, starting at $16,005/$16,805.

The more luxurious Chevrolet Sonic 1LZ starts at $16,535/$17,235 for the (sedan/hatchback) and is upgraded with Bluetooth hands free connectivity, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with USB and auxiliary inputs for mobile media devices and controls on the leather wrapped steering wheel and rolls around on a set of 17 inch rims; not to mention the available, manually shifted, boosted 1.4 Liter ECOTEC.  The 2LZ adds an automatic, and will soon be offered with the smaller, more efficient motor; starting at $17,795/$18,495.

A list of cars similar to the Sonic includes the 2012 Honda Fit, 2012 Ford Fiesta and 2012 Hyundai Accent.

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