1LZ 4dr Sedan
2012 Chevrolet Sonic

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Engine Engine 1.8LI-4
MPG MPG 26 City / 35 Hwy
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2012 Sonic Overview

GM Finally Gets the Compact Car Recipe Right We've met the 2012 Chevy Sonic before. Zach Bowman spent some time in a pre-production model earlier this year and his first impressions were favorable, at least on the autocross course. Now that the Sonic is starting to roll into dealers, it's time to find out if Chevy can deliver what neuvo compact buyers are after: high MPGs, a modicum of utility and a cabin that's more inviting than a GitMo cell. But naturally, we want more. Nearly everything new in the B-segment excels at each of those marks and some even provide an entertaining steer in the process. And even though Chevy's marketeers are hoping to offload the Sonic on teens and twenty-somethings – offering the connectivity they crave with the safety and price point their parents demand – the Sonic has to appeal to a broader swath of buyers looking for a budget runabout. And for the first time ever, Chevy has succeeded. We're just as shocked as you. It's telling that over the course of two elongated press conferences, the a-word was never mentioned. Chevy's people – whether they want to admit it or not – recognize that the Aveo was a cynical turd of a compact car and the less said the better. The one time we brought it up to the project's lead, we got a tepid "the Sonic doesn't share a single [Aveo] component." Fair enough. We'll be the bigger men and not dwell on past sins... much. On the subject of styling, Zach offered up this gem in his Quick Spin: "Much of the compact's personality comes from its angular visage and massive, scowling quad headlamps, which give the impression that the Sonic is either deep in furious thought or on the verge of eating your cat. It's kind of like a less cuddly version of ALF." That sums it up well. The fascia hangs a little low, like someone put an overpowered space heater in front of a Malibu, but the integration of the bow tie and the quartet of exposed headlamps are both attractive and aggressive, although as Zach points out, cleaning bug guts out of the lights stands to be a chore. Overall, it's a fresh exterior from a youthful band of Korean designers, and even the sedan variant – something that rarely makes an attractive transition in this segment – looks clean and tailored, with an arching, long piece of rear glass that does wonders for lighting the interior. Ah, the interior. Are you ready for this? It's nice. Not just inhabitable, but a truly enjoyable place to spend time. The plastics, while hardly lux-grade, aren't pulled from a Playschool big wheeler, either. The designers spent considerable time and effort trying a variety of grains and materials, and the fruits of their labors are used to excellent effect. In particular, the dash and center stack look (if not feel) a grade above what's commonplace in the competition, and with copious cubbies …
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2012 Sonic Overview

GM Finally Gets the Compact Car Recipe Right We've met the 2012 Chevy Sonic before. Zach Bowman spent some time in a pre-production model earlier this year and his first impressions were favorable, at least on the autocross course. Now that the Sonic is starting to roll into dealers, it's time to find out if Chevy can deliver what neuvo compact buyers are after: high MPGs, a modicum of utility and a cabin that's more inviting than a GitMo cell. But naturally, we want more. Nearly everything new in the B-segment excels at each of those marks and some even provide an entertaining steer in the process. And even though Chevy's marketeers are hoping to offload the Sonic on teens and twenty-somethings – offering the connectivity they crave with the safety and price point their parents demand – the Sonic has to appeal to a broader swath of buyers looking for a budget runabout. And for the first time ever, Chevy has succeeded. We're just as shocked as you. It's telling that over the course of two elongated press conferences, the a-word was never mentioned. Chevy's people – whether they want to admit it or not – recognize that the Aveo was a cynical turd of a compact car and the less said the better. The one time we brought it up to the project's lead, we got a tepid "the Sonic doesn't share a single [Aveo] component." Fair enough. We'll be the bigger men and not dwell on past sins... much. On the subject of styling, Zach offered up this gem in his Quick Spin: "Much of the compact's personality comes from its angular visage and massive, scowling quad headlamps, which give the impression that the Sonic is either deep in furious thought or on the verge of eating your cat. It's kind of like a less cuddly version of ALF." That sums it up well. The fascia hangs a little low, like someone put an overpowered space heater in front of a Malibu, but the integration of the bow tie and the quartet of exposed headlamps are both attractive and aggressive, although as Zach points out, cleaning bug guts out of the lights stands to be a chore. Overall, it's a fresh exterior from a youthful band of Korean designers, and even the sedan variant – something that rarely makes an attractive transition in this segment – looks clean and tailored, with an arching, long piece of rear glass that does wonders for lighting the interior. Ah, the interior. Are you ready for this? It's nice. Not just inhabitable, but a truly enjoyable place to spend time. The plastics, while hardly lux-grade, aren't pulled from a Playschool big wheeler, either. The designers spent considerable time and effort trying a variety of grains and materials, and the fruits of their labors are used to excellent effect. In particular, the dash and center stack look (if not feel) a grade above what's commonplace in the competition, and with copious cubbies …Hide Full Review