• Adult-friendly back seats
  • RS hatchback is a decent sport compact
  • Premium options
  • Chubbier than its rivals
  • Imprecise six-speed manual transmission
SUM UP A good American subcompact.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Sonic in 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...more


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.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. OnStar is standard and includes Automatic Crash Response free for six months.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic

  • Ford Fiesta
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Kia Rio
  • Nissan Versa

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2013 Sonic Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning


  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Vehicle Information Center


  • Rear Spoiler


  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel


  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Satellite Radio


  • Sport Suspension


  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Voice Activated Controls

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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