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2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS [w/video]

A Rally Sport Badge Is Exactly What The Doctor Ordered After spending a week with the Chevrolet Sonic LTZ five-door, and realizing how much better it was than its Aveo predecessor, we were excited to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2013 Sonic RS – the gussied-up hatchback seemed to smartly address all of the standard model's minor shortcomings of appearance and driving dynamics. To test our assumptions in the flesh, we braved a crowded airport and jetted to San Francisco to spend the better part of an afternoon with the impressive Chevrolet B-segment five-door. The... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 1.4L I4
Power:
138 HP / 148 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
MSRP:
$20,995 (base)
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    Infographic: Super Bowl ads that won and whiffed
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    Video: OK Go plays "Needing/Getting" with the Chevy Sonic
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    Video: Chevy Sonic teases Ok Go music video and extreme sports ads for Super Bowl
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    Featured: A sneak peek at Chevrolet's plan for the Super Bowl
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    Official: Chevrolet introduces new Ecologic window sticker, coming first to Sonic
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    At the Washington Auto Show today, Chevrolet introduced a sticker. Okay, the new Ecologic environmental labels that will be coming to all new Chevy vehicles – starting with the 2013 Sonic – is a lot more than just an adhesive piece of paper. Last year, the EPA revamped its mileage stickers, and GM has realized that many people like more ...

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    Chevrolet introduces new Ecologic window sticker, coming first to Sonic
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    Report: Chevy stretched Sonic sedan because it looked funny
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    If you think the Chevrolet Sonic sedan looks a bit abbreviated now, you should have seen it before General Motors stretched the vehicle. Take a good look at the spec sheets for the Sonic hatch and Sonic sedan, and you'll likely notice the four-door is over a foot longer than its twin. According to Automotive News, GM felt that early design attempts at the ...

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    Video: Chevrolet takes the Guinness record for the world's largest claw game
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    CES: Hands-on with Chevrolet MyLink for the 2013 Sonic, Spark
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    We got our first taste of Chevrolet's new entry-level version of MyLink at CES, and for being a pre-production unit that's not due to arrive in showrooms until later this year, we're throughly impressed. The system uses a seven-inch resistive touchscreen to display the basics – audio, telephone and settings – along with a photo/video viewer ...

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    CES: Chevrolet MyLink democratizes infotainment, coming to 2013 Sonic and Spark
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    Infotainment systems are expensive. Even rolled into the average new car payment and spread out over four or five years, you're still talking about some serious cash. And if we're honest, most buyers that can drop that kind of coin generally don't care about deep smartphone integration. But young people do. And that's where the latest MyLink system from ...

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    Detroit: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS is the hot hatch enthusiasts have been waiting for
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    We got our first look at the Chevrolet Sonic RS in the flesh today, unveiled alongside two Chevy concepts – the Tru 140S Concept and Code 130R Concept – at the 2012 Detroit auto show. As much as we've liked the Sonic, this version looks to hit the enthusiast bull's-eye. While GM didn't offer any more details about the car than what we already ...

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    Review: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ
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    Report: Chevy Sonic crushes NHTSA crash tests, earns 5 stars
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    Following on the heels of its Camaro stablemate, the smallest Chevrolet model has performed well on the National Highway Safety Administration's crash tests, earning a coveted five-star overall safety rating. Two months ago, the Camaro received the first perfect score awarded under NHTSA's revised testing regimen, while both the Sonic five-door and sedan ...

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    Video: PopMech offers a video history of the automotive barrel roll
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    Rob Dyrdek's "kick flip" stunt in a Chevrolet Sonic effectively sealed his place in the hallowed halls of stunt driver lore. As it turns out, actually pulling off a 360-degree barrel roll in a vehicle is one of the most challenging stunts one can perform. Driving on two wheels? Cakewalk. Knocking down a series of buses stacked on their ends? As easy as ...

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    Official: Chevy puts out APB on missing Sonic brake pads, issues recall
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    We report on a lot of recalls, and most are seemingly innocuous defects that require the solar system to perfectly align before anything catastrophic could happen. Then there are recalls like this one for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic that appear to be much more dangerous than they probably are. It turns out that Chevrolet let a few Sonics built between June ...

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    Rumormill: Chevy Sonic Boom concept headed for production?
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    Chevrolet took a brace of Sonic concepts to the 2011 SEMA show, among them four variations on themes from the Z-Spec parts bin, the Super 4 Racer for the track, and a brazen red hatch called the Sonic Boom. Based entirely around a 4,000-watt Kicker sound system, the Sonic Boom contains a high-tech head unit controlling components designed with a jet ...

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    It's been a good year for Chevrolet. The company marked its 100th anniversary in 2011 and is set to beat its all-time sales record. That's not a bad way to celebrate if you ask us, particularly just a couple of years removed from the bankruptcy of its parent company. The automaker has sold 4.8 million units worldwide through November, and December isn't ...

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    Chevrolet has pulled the wraps off of a hotter version of its Sonic. The 2013 Sonic RS is headed for an international debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show next month, and onlookers can expect to see the hatch curtsey with the same 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in uplevel Sonics, tuned to yield 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of ...

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