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General Motors has officially announced pricing for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. The subcompact sedan will start at $14,495 (including destination charges) while the five-door model will command a slightly steeper $15,395 MSRP.

Those figures net buyers a 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, a five-speed manual transmission, 10 air bags, remote keyless entry and power door locks. Buyers with a little more coin to spend can opt for a six-speed automatic transmission for $1,070. The more powerful and fuel-efficient turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission will set you back another $700, though that combination is only available on pricier LT and LTZ trims.

The prices put the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan on the high side of the subcompact segment. The Ford Fiesta S Sedan hits the market at $13,995 with destination while the Honda Fit hatchback lands closer to $15,870 and the Toyota Yaris carries a sticker of $13,915. The sales leader in the segment, the Nissan Versa, meanwhile, can be had for as little as $10,750 in sedan guise. Hit the jump for the full press blast.
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Chevrolet Announces Sonic Price Will Start at $14,495

Offers more standard safety equipment than any vehicle in its class with 10 airbags and the security and convenience of OnStar

Available 1.4L Turbo expected to achieve best-in-class acceleration and 40 mpg hwy

DETROIT – The suggested retail price of the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic begins at $14,495 including destination but excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. Sonic comes with the most standard safety equipment in the sub-compact class, including 10 air bags. Air conditioning, power door locks, remote keyless entry and 15" alloy wheels also are standard.

The Sonic, the only sub-compact built in the United States, is expected to deliver 40 mpg highway with class-leading acceleration when paired with the 1.4L Turbo and six-speed manual transmission.

The Sonic is offered in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Each delivers outstanding rear-seat roominess and cargo space.

"Sonic shares the spirit of Chevrolets like the Corvette by delivering athletic and agile performance," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "Today's customers have high expectations for small cars. Sonic comes with an unexpected level of standard equipment so that every customer will have comforts and amenities they desire."

The 2012 Sonic will be for retail sale this fall in three models with two body styles:

Sonic LS starting at $14,495 sedan, $15,395 hatchback, including:

Standard 1.8L Ecotec engine and five-speed manual transmission
Class-exclusive standard 15-inch alloy wheels
The most standard safety features in the segment, with 10 air bags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing, traction control, anti-lock brakes, collapsible pedal system and power rear-door child safety locks
Standard OnStar, with a six-month subscription including Turn-by-Turn navigation
Standard convenience features, including air conditioning, power door locks with remote keyless entry and tilt/telescoping steering wheel

Sonic LT starting at $15,695 sedan, $16,495 hatchback, including:

Six-speaker premium sound system with CD player, XM Radio with three-month trial subscription
Power windows with driver's express up/down
Power, heated side mirrors
Connectivity package with a USB port, Bluetooth for select phones and music, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
Heated front seats
Cruise control
Fog lamps
Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
Major available upgrades on Sonic include:
Six-speed automatic transmission (with 1.8L engine) - $1,070
1.4L Turbo with six-speed manual transmission (available on LT and LTZ) - $700


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      GreaseMonkeySRT
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would take one in blue and have the license plate read "HEDGHOG".
        Chase
        • 4 Years Ago
        @GreaseMonkeySRT
        Put it next to your Genesis with "SEGA" plates
      DSmithee
      • 4 Years Ago
      $15,395 for the hatch? I'd stick with the $16,525 Cruze.
      Andre
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a Fit owner, I will honestly say this car looks nice visually. But I also see 2 things that the Fit does better than this: The gauges in Fit look great, almost Acura quality. The Sonic's gauges look like a toy. And the Fits rear seats fold completely flat with no seam, the Sonic's doesn't. Hauling cargo in the Sonic will be limited with the backseat sticking up.
      henardrant
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's with the "motorcycle" styled center stack? On a 135 hp subcompact, that's tantamount to affixing racing cleats to a turtle's feet; - - What's the point? Why feature an overly large, prominent tachometer on this little 4-wheeled scooter? ( - - ????) Anyone who would pay attention to a tach rather than to a speedometer on an economy vehicle has more problems to deal with other than the obvious one of coming up with enough money to pump the fuel tank full. Beam me up, Scotty!
      • 4 Years Ago
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        NightFlight
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is in no way related to the Daewoo produced Aveo. This is a 100% new model riding on a 100% GM platform.
          Dale
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          And it's the only car in its segment which is built in the US.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
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          NightFlight
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          @ Brian Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. According to GM it is built on the Gamma architecture, which is a true GM platform developed by Opel. The Sonic is riding on the Gamma II platform, which is based off of the Gamma architecture, which again is an Opel designed platform. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_Gamma_platform
          NightFlight
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          @ Renaurd Source please. The vehicle isn't even on sale yet in the US, nor has it been instrument tested or have ANY quality surveys done on it. Please don't cite your opinion as fact.
          bke599
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Then why make it look like an Aveo?
      Christopher Richards
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I alone, or is that the worst, ugliest, dumbest speedometer available today? the rest of the interior looks like much of the Chevy/GMC lineup, but that aggressive tachometer seems like it fits something interesting, but not next to a digital mph display that looks flat, and those little hole-punch indicators. I mean, first they don't fit with each other at all, and secondly the right half looks horrendous. What were they thinking? Given how competitive the <$16,000 car market is, I can't imagine anyone buying one after sitting in it.
        mitchman06
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Christopher Richards
        You definitely aren't alone, I can't stand it either but I do realize that it is purely subjective. I think it cheapens the interior and it looks out of place.
        Rotation
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Christopher Richards
        I don't like it. But it has gotten a lot of positive attention, including from the press. After seeing BMW MINI get away with a stupid center speedo on a $22K car, this doesn't seem all that out there.
        Rationality
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Christopher Richards
        At the price range this is in, the absolutly last thing buyers worry about is how the speedometer looks. You are not going to impress anyone with this thing. Think of it as a refrigerator. This is the priority: 1. Reliability - Given Aveo's past, this is the biggest issue with this car. 2. Price - Price with all the options is pretty competitive. 3. Economy - Don't know mpg 4. Room - Looks pretty roomy. 5. Comfort/easy to drive - Those stupid small rear windows make it hard to judge approaching car distance. Would almost not buy this car just because of that.
      miketim1
      • 4 Years Ago
      That car should cost give or take 9 grand.
        NightFlight
        • 4 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        Let me guess, they should buy the Yaris instead? I wouldn't be surprised to hear you say that....
        miketim1
        • 4 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        Wait I take it back... give it away to whoever is willing to take it.
        bke599
        • 4 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        Sadly, I agree with Miketim1. This is way too much for this car. GM needs a near-$10K car in its lineup. Perhaps they'll bring the Spark over for that. But this car won't sell for $14K--bet your money on that.
      Master Austin
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still can't pass the fact it's still an Aveo underneath...
        Renaurd
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        No it is not, no relation..........other than they were both made by GM.
        mitchman06
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        100% False. It is based off of the Gamma platform, which is a GM platform.
      GanzHimself
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unlike the Fit and the Fiesta the Sonic is not a very good loking car. Ugh. Is it just a slightly tarted up Aveo?
        Tone
        • 4 Years Ago
        @GanzHimself
        It's a far cry from the old Aveo... And the looks of all of the vehicles you mentioned are a matter of one's own opinion.
          GanzHimself
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Tone
          Here's the problem... To me, and probably the vast majority of the market, it LOOKS like an Aveo, so, it's an Aveo. I could care less what platform it's on, it's dreadfully ugly, looks like they slapped some brodawg wheels, a cheesy grill, some updated headlights and tail lights, and a new name on the same old crap-box Aveo....
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        slap
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Fit is known as being very reliable - the Aveo, well......
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          Synthono
          • 4 Years Ago
          @slap
          Justin: It's badged as the Aveo in other markets (though it's called the Sonic here because the Aveo badge was considered too toxic), and it was designed from the outset to be an Aveo replacement. Yes, it's based on a newer, much superior platform, and it's a comprehensive redesign, but you can't say it's not related to the Aveo "in any way."
      RocketRed
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Shares the spirit of Chevrolets like the Corvette by delivering athletic and agile performance" That's a good one.
        Rotation
        • 4 Years Ago
        @RocketRed
        Yeah, that line is really annoying. They should have left it out.
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