2012 Chevrolet Sonic Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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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.


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.


Available Trims for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 16665.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 14935.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/35
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 15065.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LTZ (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 17365.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LS (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 14765.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LT (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 15865.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 13865.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16135.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/35
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17925.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/35
Name LS (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 15835.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/35
Name LT (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16935.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/35
Name LTZ (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 18625.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/35
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket with recline and height-adjustable headrests
  • Seat trim, perforated leatherette seating surfaces
  • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way manual
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Armrest, driver seat
  • Seat, rear bench 60/40 split-folding with outboard height-adjustable headrests
  • Cup holders, 2 front and 1 rear
  • Bottle holders, 2, on driver and front passenger doors
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Steering column, tilt and telescoping
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
  • Instrumentation, with analog tachometer; digital speedometer, odometer, trip odometer and fuel gauge
  • Temperature sensor, outside
  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Driver Information Center with trip odometer, fuel range, average fuel economy, average vehicle speed, tire pressure and oil life remaining
  • Door locks, power
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down with anti-pinch feature
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Engine immobilizer, theft-deterrent system
  • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
  • Cabin air filter, pollutant
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Map pocket, front passenger seatback
  • Power outlet, auxiliary, front center console
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
  • Assist handles, driver, front passenger and rear outboard
  • Lighting, interior overhead courtesy, rear and dual front reading lamps
  • Lighting, interior, trunk/cargo area
  • Keys, ignition, foldable, 2
  • Seat trim, Sport Cloth
  • Floor mats, carpeted front
  • Steering wheel, sport, 3-spoke
  • Windows, manual
  • Seat trim, Deluxe Cloth
  • Cargo shade, rear
  • Remote vehicle starter system
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) painted aluminum
  • Tires, P205/50R17 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire, compact spare
  • Headlamps, halogen composite
  • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
  • Fog lamps, front
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
  • Glass, solar absorbing, tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent, variable
  • Moldings, chrome belt-line
  • Door handles, body-color with chrome strip
  • Lift handle and release lever, rear, chrome
  • Wheels, 15" (38.1 cm) painted aluminum
  • Tires, P195/65R15 all-season, blackwall
  • Mirrors, outside manual, body-color, manual-folding
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • Spoiler, rear, roof-mounted, large, body-color
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, ECOTEC 1.8L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder sequential MFI estimated (138 hp [103 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 125 lb-ft of torque [168.8 N-m] @ 3800 rpm)
  • Transmission, manual
  • Axle, 3.94 ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Transmission, 5-speed manual
  • Battery, 438 cold-cranking amps
  • Alternator, 100 amps
  • Suspension, Touring
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock
  • Steering, power, Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel, heavy-duty
  • Mechanical jack with tools
  • Transmission, automatic
  • Axle, 3.47 ratio
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Brakes, front disc/rear drum
    • Brake Assist
    • Electronic brake force distribution
    • Hill hold feature
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Traction control
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and right-front passenger includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owners Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, 10 total (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owners Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, head curtain, side-front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owners Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, knee, driver and front passenger (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owners Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owners Manual for more information.)
    • Automatic Crash Response
    • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Remote Door Unlock (requires power locks), Navigation, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, and Hands Free Calling. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
    • OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics
    • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, rear
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners and load limiters
    • Door locks, rear child security, power
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Trunk emergency release handle
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
    • Automatic Crash Response (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    • OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with USB port, CD player and MP3 playback/WMA seek-and-scan, digital clock, DSP, auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth audio streaming and digit dial
    • Audio system feature, premium 6-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, USB port
    • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack
    • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2012 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the XM Select package, with over 170 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no-cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after the trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your subscription, service will automatically renew and bill, at the rates in effect at the time of renewal, until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Available only to those at least 18 and older in the 48 contiguous USA and D.C.)
    • Roof antenna
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with equalizer digital clock and auxiliary input jack
    • Audio system feature, 4-speaker system includes 2 tweeters and 2 front speakers located in front doors
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), equalizer and auxiliary input jack

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