2012 Chevrolet Sonic

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$13,865-$18,625
$13,518-$17,694
26 CITY / 36 HWY
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Overview

What's New for 2012:
- The Chevrolet Sonic is an all-new sub-compact model

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a 4-door sub-compact that is available in either sedan or hatchback body styles and offered in three trim levels. Fifteen-inch alloy wheels are standard.

Interior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic seats 5 passengers, and offers 14 cubic feet of trunk space in its sedan variant. The hatchback model provides 19 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and up to 30.7 cubic feet of space when the rear seats are folded down. Base LS models come standard with the OnStar system, air conditioning, power door locks, keyless entry, and a 4-speaker AM/FM stereo. LT trims get an upgraded sound system, full power accessories, and upgraded cloth upholstery. The top-of-the-line Sonic LTZ trim level adds cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and heated leatherette front seats.

Optional Features
Moving up in trim level adds most of the available options for the Sonic. Depending on the trim level, Chevrolet offers some stand-alone options, such as upgraded seats, painted aluminum wheels, sunroof and a remote starter system. The Wheels & Fog Lamp package dresses up the LT trim level with 16-inch alloy wheels and fog lamps.

Under the Hood
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic's standard power plant is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 138 horsepower. LT and LTZ trims are available with a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 138 horsepower and with more torque than the base engine. The turbocharged engine comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the base engine comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission. However, models with the base engine are also available with a 6-speed automatic transmission. All Sonics are front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic are:
- Sonic with 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission: 26/35/29 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Sonic with 1.8-liter engine and automatic transmission: 25/35/28 mpg
- Sonic with 1.4-liter engine: 29/40/33 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the Chevrolet Sonic include side curtain air bags, front-seat knee air bags, and side-impact air bags.

In government crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Sonic received 5 (out of 5) stars overall. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Sonic received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for both frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection, and was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" in 2012.


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