Chevrolet Sonic Is An American Sub Compact You Might Actually Enjoy Owning

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic replaces the Aveo in Chevy’s line-up, and while it might look like a refreshed Aveo, it is in fact an all new car. Two body styles are available, a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback.
You also get a choice of two engines. Base models get a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder that produces 138 hp, while the upgrade motor is a 1.4-liter, turbo-charged, four-cylinder that also produces 138 hp. So if they produce the same amount of power, why is one an upgrade? Simple, the smaller, turbo motor is smoother and more fuel-efficient. Transmission choices are limited to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
I tested both models over a two-day test period and found that this car is really very good, regardless of the engine you choose. For a sub-compact, it is very quiet and comfortable, so making long trips is not an issue. Fuel economy wise, I averaged 7.0-liters/100km on a city and highway run with the Turbo, and 7.5-liters/100km on a similar run with the regular 1.8-liter motor. So gas expense is not an issue with this car.
Looking good is not an issue either, since this car looks great from both inside and out. Its styling is inspired by sport bikes and it shows. Everything from its projector beam headlamps to its half-digital, half-analog instrument binnacle. It all looks very sporty and it works. This car will attract a younger clientele for sure.
Pricing for the Sonic sedan starts at $14,495, while the base model hatch will cost a little more, at $15,495.
While the hatch is sportier to look at, my pick is the sedan. It is more spacious and hence more practical, plus you save some money at purchasing time also. So if you are looking for a sub-compact that you won’t feel embarrassed to be seen in, the Sonic is worth a very close look.

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