Laura K. Cowan

TEST DRIVE: The All-New Chevy Sonic Is a Sub-Compact Blast from the Past

by , 02/24/12

The Chevy Sonic is simple in design: just a small hatchback (or there is a sedan version) with a lot of road noise coming through the floor. But the Sonic has heated leather seats, a nice spacious hatch, a Hyundai Veloster-style integrated rear door handle for a streamlined body, sporty headlights, and a chrome accented front door handle that punches above its weight for style. The Sonic offers up to 40 mpg highway, but this depends on the model and how you use that feisty turbo. We would expect sportier drivers to get high 20s from the Sonic, but more careful folks could eke out the top numbers while still enjoying their little car. The Sonic comes with a 1.4- to 1.8-liter engine matched with a 5- or 6-speed manual, and starts at only $14,635. We say buy this little guy in grandmother white (the vehicle color of the year, apparently) and rock it.

+ Chevy

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  1. tahrey March 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Strange you should mention the Festiva, as both were/are based on small Suzukis… That’s being a bit unfair on the Sonic, though, as the old Swift or whatever it was that the Ford was based on was a horrible little tin box. The modern generation Swift is a much nicer, rightfully award-winning proposition.

    Have it in 1.4L, 6-speed guise, buy some depleted uranium insoles, and engage Grin Factor 9.

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