When talking about subcompact cars, Chevy isn’t a name that gets mentioned often, but the truth is the bowtie brand has, in one form or another, had a subcompact sitting on their lots for the past 25 years (remember the Spectrum?). With its all new Sonic, Chevy appears dead serious about changing their status from also-ran to a contender in this increasingly popular class of car. While the Nissan Versa rules the market here in the US, Chevy faces stiff competition from the well-received Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, and a redesigned Toyota Yaris. The Sonic replaces the forgettable Aveo for 2012 (in North America only, it’s still called the Aveo elsewhere).
The Sonic goes on sale this Fall, and has the distinction of being the only subcompact car sold here that is actually built on American soil. The Sonic will be available as a four door sedan or five door hatchback in three trim levels, LS, LT and LTZ (see below for pricing and features). Two engines will be offered-standard on all Sonics is a 1.8L four cylinder rated at 138hp, paired with a five-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic. On Sonic LT and LTZ’s, buyers have the option of a 1.4L turbocharged four, which is available with a six-speed manual only. While horsepower is the same at 138hp, the smaller turbocharged engine has more torque and is expected to get better gas mileage as well.
Prices shown are four door sedan/five door hatchback, respectively.
Sonic LS: $14,495USD/$15,395
The base Sonic comes standard with 15″ alloys, 10 airbags, stability control, OnStar, AC, power locks, keyless entry and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
Sonic LT: $15,695/$16,495
The mid-level Sonic adds a six speaker stereo with XM satellite radio, power windows, and power heated mirrors.
Sonic LTZ: $17,295/$17,995
The top-spec Sonic adds a USB port, Blutetooth, steering wheel audio controls, heated leatherette seats, cruise control, fog lights and 17″ alloys.