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2012 Chevy Sonic LT

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Review

(0 Stars)  A legitimate subcompact that's built in America.

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Overview
The Sonic is Chevy's all-new entry in the subcompact segment for 2012. It replaces the decent but unremarkable Aveo and, without a doubt, improves on that car in every way. Like the Aveo, the Sonic is offered as both a sedan and a hatchback, but it rides on a new platform loosely related to the German Opel Corsa. High-strength steel makes up 60 percent of its structure, but the Sonic still checks in with a heavy-for-its-segment curb weight of about 2800 pounds. The heft also owes to a relatively large footprint (about 1.5 inches bigger than a Ford Fiesta in both wheelbase and track), a reinforced structure, and a class-leading ten standard air bags. No one will be picking on this fat kid, though, as it shares its engines with the larger Cruze. The 138-hp, 1.8-liter base engine and the optional 1.4-liter turbo, rated at 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, handily outgun most of the Sonic's subcompact competitors. As in the Cruze, the electric power steering's lightness belies its accuracy, and the six-speed manual is smooth but could be more precise. The cabin, meanwhile, falls short of the Fiesta's in quality of materials but impresses with a tilt-and-telescope wheel, good panel fits, and an adult-friendly back row. The Sonic comes with a long list of options not previously available on Chevy's small cars, such as Bluetooth, remote start, heated seats, and seventeen-inch wheels. The production Sonic is just reaching dealers, and early indications are that it is a formidable -- and fun to drive -- small car that should compete well with the "big" hitters in this red-hot segment.

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2012 Sonic LT Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.8L Ecotec in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 26 MPG city, 35 MPG highway, 29 MPG combined and 354 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
12.2gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 125 ft lb of torque @ 3,800 rpm

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'12 Chevy LT Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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