Summary, Prices, Specs

By October 21, 2011


The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a peppy, well-executed subcompact car with lots of standard features and surprisingly good performance at a reasonable price.

Laura Burstein filed this report after her test drive of the Chevrolet Sonic.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Chevrolet Sonic LS Sedan ($14,495), LS Hatchback ($15,395); LT sedan ($15,695), LT hatchback ($16,495); LTZ sedan ($17,295), LTZ hatchback ($17,995)
Engines:1.8-liter DOHC inline-4; 1.4-liter turbocharged DOHC inline-4
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 6-speed automatic; 6-speed manual
Safety equipment (standard):front driver and passenger airbags, seat mounted thorax side-impact airbags, head curtain airbags, rear side-impact airbags, knee airbags; antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), panic brake assist, stability and traction control, hill-hold feature
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Orion, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Chevrolet Sonic 5 2LT
Standard equipment:cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, trip computer, cruise control, manually adjustable seats, front and rear floor mats, 6-speaker audio system with AM/FM stereo and auxiliary jack roof spoiler, outside heated mirrors, remote/keyless entry
Options as tested (MSPR):Connectivity Plus Cruise package with USB port and Bluetooth music and phone connectivity ($525); 16-inch wheels with fog lamps ($295); metallic paint ($195)
Destination charge:$760
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$18580
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):138 @ 6300
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):125 @ 3800 rpm
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:25/35 mpg
Wheelbase:99.4 in.
Length/width/height:159/68.3/59.7 in.
Track, f/r:59.4/59.4 in.
Turning circle:34.5 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.7/51.4/41.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.1/51.6/34.6 in.
Cargo volume:30.7 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:MacPherson strut
Suspension, r:Torsion beam
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:2684 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:ventilated disc/drum with ABS
Fuel capacity:12.2 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of October 21, 2011.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-950-2438 -