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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Review


Fun 5-Door Hatchback

A side view of a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

In short: A cool, quick and efficient 5-door hatchback.

Replacing the uninspired Chevy Aveo for the 2012 model year, the all-new Chevrolet Sonic comes as a welcome addition to the subcompact segment. Chevy's efficient offering packs in plenty of value with its decently powerful 1.8-liter inline-4, quick handling and smart, no-nonsense instrumentation. Also available with a turbocharger or as a sedan, the Chevy Sonic is a versatile vehicle that works for a wide variety of drivers.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 6-year/100,000-mile rust warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance program

Base Price: $18,625 / As Tested: $20,315

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback

Engine: 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 135 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque: 125 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
2,690 lbs
Wheelbase: 99.4 in
Length/Width/Height:159/68.3/59.7 in
Turning circle: 34.5 ft

ventilated disc front; drum rear; ABS
Suspension: MacPherson strut front with offset coil springs and stabilizer bar; semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs

Traction: traction control system; StabiliTrak electronic stability control system

0-60 mph: 8 seconds
Top Speed: 124 mph

EPA City: 27 mpg
EPA Highway: 37 mpg

dual-stage driver and front passenger front airbags; thorax side-impact seat-mounted airbags; head curtain airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags


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