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2013 Chevy Sonic LS Hatchback

2013 Chevrolet Sonic Review

(0 Stars)  A good American subcompact.

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New For 2013
The RS five-door hatchback is new for 2013. It’s powered by the same 1.4-liter turbo offered on other Sonic models, and it gets disc brakes all around, more aggressive gear ratios for the manual, a 10-mm lower ride height, a more aggressively tuned chassis, unique seventeen-inch wheels, and numerous cosmetic upgrades. Inside, you’ll find leather on the seats, shifter, and steering wheel; aluminum pedals; and RS-specific red accents.
The Sonic replaced the Aveo for 2012 and, without a doubt, improves on that car in every way. Like the Aveo, the Sonic is offered as a sedan and a hatchback. 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. 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 materials quality but impresses with a tilt-and-telescoping steering 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. For 2013, the sporty Sonic RS debuts with a unique front fascia, higher gearing (manual transmission), and rear disc brakes. These add-ons don’t transform the RS into a sports car, but they inject some attitude and driving fun into an already good subcompact.

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2013 Sonic LS Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.8L Ecotec in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 26 MPG city, 35 MPG highway, 30 MPG combined and 366 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

'13 Chevy LS Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Auto On Headlights
Keyless Entry
Power Locks
Steering Wheel Scope
Vehicle Information Center
Brake Assist
Daytime Running Lights
Driver Air Bag
Engine Immobilizer
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Passenger Air Bag
Rear Side Airbag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Theft Deterrent System
Traction Control
Folding Rear Seat
Blue Tooth Compatible
GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
Wheel Covers
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