The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a new introduction to the subcompact market. It was released in order to replace the under-performing Chevy Aveo. Fortunately for new car buyers, the Sonic has very little in common with its predecessor. In fact, many have described it as a quantum leap forward. It was designed to offer both fuel-efficiency and power and an overall level of comfort not normally found its class. Some of the cars in direct competition with it include the Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta, and Honda Fit.
This year, the Chevy Sonic will be available in both a sedan and 4 door hatchback models. The interior is considered to be some of the most spacious and livable in its segment, although the hatchback does offer a little space than the sedan. Not only is there more overall storage space in the Sonic, but the overall utilization of space in the cabin is considered to be at the top of its class. For example, there is more in-cabin storage due to several cleverly places storage areas, such as the pair of bins located on the center stack. As a driver and passenger, the Sonic offers more than enough headroom and shoulder space, which can be a problem among subcompact cars. If you are planning on switching from a larger car, then the Sonic is definitely worth a look because it “feels” larger than much of its competition.
Another area where the Sonic stands far ahead of its predecessors is under the hood. It features a 1.8-liter inline-4 which offers nearly 140 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. There is also a turbocharged option as well. In its segment, the Sonic is far and away the most powerful car. It also has fairly strong handing capabilities, although not quite as good as the Ford Fiesta. Overall, you should get about 40 mpg on the highway with the more powerful turbocharged engine.
A lot of people have safety concerns about smaller cars such as a the Chevrolet Sonic. In this case, the concern is unjustified. Not only does include stability control, anti-lock brakes, side airbags, and even front knee airbags, but it was also the recipient of the Top Safety Pick award presented by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Chevrolet Sonic will likely offer success to the Chevrolet that hasn’t been seen in this segment for some time. It offers solid handling without sacrificing the overall ride, a powerful engine while still offering great fuel economy, and offers drivers smaller car without having to feel cramped.