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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Overview (See Available Styles)

Being quite frank, Chevrolet’s last sub-compact, the Aveo, was a disappointment. But GM is looking to wipe the slate clean and prove that they can make a sub-compact that people actually want to drive (and buy for that matter), and it looks like they’ve done it with the new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic.

The Sonic was designed in Korea and it is leaps and bounds better than the outgoing Aveo. Available in both sedan and five-door hatchback varieties, the Sonic has an aggressive face that’s highlighted by its unique headlight fixtures and split grille/air intake. The Sonic’s beltline also gives it a sportier appearance as it tapers up towards the rear of the car. On the hatchback, the door handles for the rear doors are hidden in the rear pillars and a rear spoiler is standard.

Engine options are shared with the Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan, and include a 1.8-liter four-cylinder and a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder. Both engines output 138-horsepower although the turbocharged engine has a sizable advantage in torque. Transmission options include a five- or six-speed manual (six-speed with the turbocharged engine) and a six-speed automatic.

Fuel economy numbers come in at 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway (opting for the automatic transmission bumps city mpg to 26), which are decent but there are other cars in the segment that will offer you better mileage.

The biggest strides have arguably been made to the interior of the Sonic. One of the highlights is the brand new instrument panel, which attaches a digital speedometer to a more traditional analog tachometer. Chevy says that the look was inspired by motorcycles and the blue backlighting adds to the cabin’s ambiance. Standard features include auxiliary audio input jack, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, air conditioning, power locks, and remote keyless entry. If you want to get more out of your Sonic, choose from options like heated front seats, sunroof, remote start, Bluetooth®, and USB/iPod connectivity.

When it comes to safety, you can rest easy in the 2012 Sonic, which was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Standard safety features include ten airbags (most cars come with six), OnStar, electronic stability system, antilock brakes, and traction control.

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic not only fights the other cars in its segment, but perception as well. And we think the Sonic does that - Chevy has proved that it can make subcompact that looks good, drives well, and has an interior that you actually want to spend time in.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 25 - 26 MPG
  • Highway: 35 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

62 of 70 (88%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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