• Sep 7, 2011
Life is full of choices, and now you have a few more to make. The configurator for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is up and running, so you're choices may now decide how productive you wish to be at work today. Thankfully, Chevrolet has reduced your number of choices a great deal, because the 2012 Sonic is an easy car to configure.

This all-new compact is available in two body style flavors. You can go with a hatchback or sedan, and both are offered in either the LS, LT or LTZ trim. We opted for a Summit White Sonic hatchback in the top-tier LTZ trim. From there, we decided to go with the 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and paired it with the six-speed manual gearbox. Ticking the box for the sunroof brings our grand total to $18,785.

How will you build your own 2012 Sonic? Head over to the Chevrolet configurator page, then sound off in the comments below.


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      over9000
      • 3 Years Ago
      ANGRY HAMSTER!
      Danny Eckel
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think automakers overestimated how popular this segment would be. It's pretty crowded with solid offerings but with little demand. It is pricey yes but so is the Fiesta and even the accent got a considerable price hike.
        General Grammar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Danny Eckel
        That's true. I looked at the Fiesta and the Sonic for the same options and the pricing was withing $100 of each other (Chevy doesn't include delivery charges while Ford does in the online pricing).
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog, 'sporty' hatch shootout (this, Veloster, CR-Z etc.)
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        Fixes most problems the Aveo had.
        Steve Ort
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree with David, I've seen a couple of these with M plates in SE. Michigan, they look cheap and tinny, inside and out. Seems to be just an updated American built Aveo. I'd take a Fiesta any day, and I am not a Ford guy. Hell I own a Cruze LS.
        Memphis
        • 3 Years Ago
        Own the 1.4? I think someone is just a Ford lover.
          Zacarious
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Memphis
          Did you forget about something? http://www.autoblog.com/2011/06/02/ford-confirms-1-0l-ecoboost-three-cylinder-eight-speed-transmis/ I am not saying it will beat the 1.4 liter(just assuming so), but Ford has been on their A game for a while.
      rc_car_nut
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is going to be a flop....
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only tool is the person who buys this car
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Why? Because they want to save on gas while having fun and not looking like they're driving an Aveo?
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Osama, this car looks nothing like the previous Aveo.
          Osama
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I'm pretty sure if you're trying to avoid the Aveo-look, you MUST avoid this car lol.
          Zacarious
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          This thing is very similar to the Aveo. The only major differences is the extremely stylized headlights and tail lights, the body line on the doors swoops up not down, and they reduced the "retarded mouth-breather" appearance by not covering the solid portion of the grille in the honey comb pattern. I am not bad mouthing the Sonic in any way, but everyone can see the uh... "heritage" of this car. In fact I saw the concept of this vehicle at the Chicago auto show a few years back where it was badged as the Aveo.
      Charles Bass
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw one of these the other day at the Chevy dealership when I was test driving a volt/camaro. Looks like crap in person.
        Zacarious
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charles Bass
        I smell a troll. Who cross shops a volt and a camaro?
        Joe Loeffler
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charles Bass
        You probably actually were looking at an aveo.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charles Bass
        [blocked]
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL@ >$18,000 for this junk. Know what's a better choice for a new car than this? Everything. Know what's worse? Nothing!
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David
        Better off buying a Nissan Juke S. Compare the specs and the price. The Juke is much better value, and you might be surprised to learn that it is 11" SHORTER than the Sonic. In fact, I don't see how the Sonic is a "Sub-Compact" at 173" long.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David
          You're being a troll. You're failing to see what you're even researching. the 172" Sonic you keep researching IS THE F'N SEDAN! THIS one, in the article, that is a hatch, is 162". The sedan's dimensions match up to every car in your list in their sedan variants. Fiesta SEDAN - 173" Versa SEDAN (2012) - 175" The only one shorter is the Fit, but that only comes in hatch. You keep bringing up the Juke without realizing THAT IT ISN'T EVEN APART OF THE SAME MARKET! Juke - crossover Sonic - sub-compact A crossover is a car with SUV capability, but is based on a car platform. The Juke is based on the same platform as the Sentra. It is NOT a sub-compact. If you seriously don't know what a crossover is, then you are on the wrong website. You sir, are being a troll.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David
          1. The Juke is a crossover, not a sub-compact. Stop comparing them. 2. The Sonic is just as long as the Fiesta, Fit, Versa, Madza2, and many other sub-compacts. I suggest looking that up before spouting off like an idiot. 3. Just for the fact that you brought up the Juke shows that you're being a troll AND a fanboy.
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David
          @Elmo OMG!! I'm the troll? Please. I mentioned the Juke because I'm clever and no one else did. WTF is a "cross-over" anyhow? Define it! More to the point, I DID "look it up", unlike you, which is why I said what I said and why I'm correct, and you are WRONG. Who's the true "Fanboy"/Troll? LxWxH Sonic: LONGEST ONE HERE BY FAR!! 173"x68"x60" Versa: 169"x67"x60" Fit: 162"x67"x60" Juke: 162"x67"x62" Fiesta: 160"x68"x58"
          Jared Schwager
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David
          Nissan would have to sell the Juke for -$ before I'd consider it. Hahaha
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David
          @Not THAT Matt: laugh all you want, but you forget the 188HP DIG-Turbo that the Juke has. Still laughing? Also, the Juke is infinitely cooler-looking than the Sonic. Have you even seen one in real life, or are you just rehashing other people's tired jokes?
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      $19k for a Sonic? LOL
        Memphis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @donnieorama
        Fully loaded sonic comes in cheaper than a fiesta.
          emperor koku
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Memphis
          @David, that's simply not true. The hatch Sonic is in fact an inch shorter than the Fiesta. I think you're comparing the sedan Sonic to the hatch Fiesta to get your skewed length number.
          Memphis
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Memphis
          I meant a fully loaded fiesta. They are priced pretty competitively. Going for looks go for fiesta. Going for fun, performance, and "modibility" sonic.
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Memphis
          @Emperor Koku: Again, I really don't see how this remains a "B-Segment" car when it's nearly a foot longer than a Fiesta or a Juke. That's C-segment territory. Can anyone enlighten me? I think the vast majority of people here are expecting this to be small. It's not! As for cheap, I've seen the Chevy Spark in Europe in person and was rather shocked at how much it reeked of cheapness and flimsy plastics inside and out. This car is similar, so I expect no better and others have already commented on how cheap-seeming it struck them.
          emperor koku
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Memphis
          One thing that's a bummer - I have to get leatherette seats in the LTZ trim to get heated seats in the Sonic, whereas you can get them with cloth on the SE in the Fiesta. Question for me (since I'm looking at a B-Segment vehicle), is it worth paying more for a Sonic (with turbo and 6-speed manual) than a Fiesta, since heated seats are a requirement?
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      $18,785? Ba hahaha ha!!! Why they named it after one of the worst fast food restaurants I will never understand. Hey GM, pick a name and stick with it. It's called building a reputation. Try it. Maybe next time you'll actually be able to pay back the 169 billion instead of writing it off and getting bailed out!
        Zacarious
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Oh the aveo built a reputation alright. Sometimes name changes are necessary.
      Memphis
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Sonic will creme the Fiesta, Fit, Accent, Veloster or anything in its class right now. Be it straight line, autocross, driveability, etc. with the 1.4L turbo. There is a tune for it that puts it at 180hp and right at 190ft lbs of torque. The car is well worth the money. Also, the only car size wise that people should he comparing this car to is the Veloster. I don't see people complaining about its size and the fact that it gets the same numbers as the Sonic. Quit complaining.
      JustinRodgers
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow...Chevy's website is an incredible epic fail. I've never seen someone do so little with so much.
        gary
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JustinRodgers
        I've been unable to use the configurator on two different computers. And the issues is different on each one. Too clever by half.
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