The 2012 Chevy Sonic is Making Waves at Hubler Chevrolet
After my highly anticipated first test drive I can't deny that Chevy clearly set out to make driving fun again. The word 'sonic' generally refers to the speed of sound which is about 761 miles per hour. Our Chevrolet Sonic, the only subcompact in its class to be assembled in the United States, doesn't go quite that fast but is still a force to be reckoned with. You can choose between the more aggressive ECOTEC 1.4L turbocharged engine or the more modest standard ECOTEC 1.8L. Both are available with a manual or automatic transmission. Whether you're looking to create a boom
or just zip around town drivers will enjoy the surprisingly responsive handling and agile ride. What's more is the incredibly efficient 40 MPG on the highway expected from the 1.4L engine.
If you were already looking at the benefits of both engines and trying to figure out which would be the best fit for your lifestyle, you're going to need a calculator - the engine is not the only major part of the vehicle that Chevy lets the customer customize. The 2012 Sonic is available in two fun loving body styles: a fashionable four-door sedan and an energetic five-door hatchback.
The cool-factor continues when you hop in and check out the interior. The front dash boasts a dual cockpit instrument panel and motorcycle-inspired gauges. While the futuristic display and the big, round analog tachometer make awe-inspiring eye candy the real treat is the indulgent list of amenities. Driver and passenger sit comfortably in front bucket seats, enjoy cranking up the XM Radio offering 170 digital channels for three trial months on LT and LTZ models, and never getting lost thanks to the standard six months of OnStar Directions & Connections with Turn-by-Turn Navigation and Automatic Crash Response. Sweet.
Don't forget that great things come in small packages. This little hedgehog's trunk capacity is larger than most competitors in its own class not to mention that it out does most compact cars as well. Plus, if you opt for the hatchback you'll have the option of folding the rear seat nearly flat giving it more room than the 2011 Ford Fiesta. Either way, you'll definitely have room for all of your stuff.
This vehicle is a trifecta of safety (10 standard air bags, Stabilitrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing), affordability, and good old fashioned fun. Chris Perry, the vice president of Chevrolet Marketing shed some light their goal during design and gives us a little bit of insight into the making of this wolf in sheep's clothing. He stated "The all-new Chevrolet Sonic blends the practicality of a small car with the passion for driving that Chevrolet vehicles like the Corvette are known for," and added "It's a combination of great design, a fun driving culture and the latest connectivity features that create a serious competitor with a fun spirit."