2012 Chevrolet Sonic

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2012 chevrolet sonic Reviews and News

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Front Three Quarters View
With the introduction of the 2012 Sonic, Chevrolet looked to banish the memory of the Aveo and get buyers to see the bowtie brand as more youthful. In a move that was easily anticipated, Chevrolet is now furthering that effort with the Sonic RS.
Previewed in near-production guise as at this year's Detroit auto show, the RS is more than a sporty trim kit. The RS receives a slightly retuned suspension, more aggressively geared transmissions, and a raft of aesthetic changes. In the Sonic's model hierarchy, the top-of-the-line RS sits above the LTZ, a car that already comes with such niceties as heated front seats, a tilting/telescoping steering column, and Bluetooth.

Aiming for enthusiasts

Chevrolet is hoping to lure buyers who are looking at larger hot-hatch offerings like the Volkswagen GTI but don't want to shell out $24,765 or more. We think that those hopes may be a bit of a longshot, but at least Chevy has targeted one of the best cars on the market.
Does the Sonic RS drive like a cut-rate GTI? No, not really. For one thing, it's down on power compared to the GTI's 200-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four. The Sonic RS uses the same turbocharged, 1.4-liter I-4 that's available elsewhere in the Sonic range. It's rated at 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque in all applications, and achieves the same fuel economy here as in the Sonic LTZ: 29/40 mpg city/highway with the six-speed manual or 27/31 mpg with the six-speed automatic.
Our drive a pre-production 2013 Sonic RS was limited to one equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, and we found that the slightly more aggressive ratios do help get the most from the 1.4-liter. We fell in love with the Sonic's chassis; it surprised us in its ability to scoot through an autocross without suffering the torque steer that can afflict turbocharged front-wheel-drive cars.
For the Sonic RS, Chevrolet has stiffened the suspension, lowered the ride height by 10 millimeters, and carried over the same P205/50R17 all-season tires from the LTZ, although they are now wrapped around sportier-looking 17-inch, five-spoke, gunmetal-grey alloy wheels. The suspension upgrades, however, do little to help tame body roll or improve in-corner performance, although the revised setup does lend a feeling of urban zippiness, inspiring confidence to make quick low-speed lane changes. However, the formerly compliant highway ride has become choppy bordering on harsh, due to the stiffer springs combined with the short wheelbase. And the fact that the Sonic RS still wallows through turns means that Chevrolet has a bit more work to do in the tuning department for the RS.
One improvement that the Sonic RS does net is heavier and more direct-feeling steering. Chevrolet says that it only slightly changed the calibration of the electric power steering, but the over-assisted feeling of other models has subsided. Although better weighted, the steering is still rather artificial, a common complaint with electric power assisted systems. The RS also uses a flat-bottomed wheel wrapped in leather and sueded microfiber.
The top-of-the-line model also gets rear disc brakes in place of the other models' rear drums. Chevrolet says that they only marginally improve braking performance; they're really there for appearance. As in other Sonics, pedal feel is a bit vague but the 10.9-inch vented front and 10.6-inch rear discs never feel overwhelmed.

More show than go

It will be easy to pick out the 2013 Sonic RS from lesser models thanks to a raft of cosmetic enhancements differentiating the sportiest Sonic. Most notable is the revised lower front fascia with its oversized fog lights and gaping faux intakes; the giant, split hexagonal grille carries over, but has a new honeycomb pattern. Chevrolet has also added rocker panel extensions, a larger rear spoiler, a new rear diffuser, and a trapezoidal exhaust tip. That new exhaust tip looks great, but, sadly, is for show only; however, there is plenty of audible turbo whine from the 1.4-liter under moderate-to-heavy throttle. The body kit combined with the five-spoke alloys give the Sonic RS a more menacing look; all it's missing are the sinister red headlight rings from the Sonic Z-Spec Hatch 2 Concept seen at this year's Chicago auto show. (No word on if Chevy will offer them as a later add-on.)
The cabin has seen a number of subtle upgrades as well. The shifter for the six-speed manual is trimmed in the same sueded microfiber as the steering wheel, as are the bolsters on the upgraded sport seats. Piano black trim replaces the silver-painted plastic that adorns the cabin of other Sonics. Chevy's new touchscreen MyLink infotainment system is also standard on the Sonic RS; the system has been designed specifically for the Sonic and Spark, and incorporates things like iPhone-based navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, and Pandora integration, but it eschews the now old-tech CD player. (If there was any question that Chevrolet is marketing to millennial buyers, here's your answer.)
Production of the 2013 Sonic RS begins later this year, with the first models rolling into dealerships this winter. Just four colors will be offered on the hatchback-only Sonic: victory red, summit white, new-for-2013 black granite metallic, and the RS-exclusive cyber grey metallic. Pricing has yet to be announced, but Chevrolet told us to think of the car as a "Sonic LTZ-plus" -- and an LTZ with the turbo four starts at $18,860, including destination, and tops out around $21,600. The new RS takes what was already a very good package and made it even better -- but Volkswagen doesn't really have anything to worry about just yet.

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS

On Sale: Winter 2012
MSRP (with destination): $22,000 (est.)
ENGINE:
1.4-liter turbocharged DOHC I-4
Horsepower (hp): 138 @ 4900 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 148 @ 2500 rpm
TRANSMISSION:
6-speed manual or automatic
DRIVE:
Front-wheel
WHEELS AND TIRES:
17-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels P205/50R17 all-season tires
FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined): 29/40/33 mpg
CURB WEIGHT: 2811 lb
CAPACITIES: Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo (rear seats up/down): 19.0/47.7 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 41.8/34.6 in
Headroom (front/rear): 38.7/38.1 in
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Front Left View
Subcompacts -- B-segment cars, in world lingo -- have come on strong lately here in supersize America. Ford added the Fiesta to its U.S. lineup last year, joining established players like the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent, and Toyota Yaris. Three of those four have just been revamped, and now Chevrolet has ditched its underachieving Aveo in favor of the new Sonic.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Front View 2
The Sonic is a world car, and GM’s engineering center in Korea took the lead in development. Still, there’s much about the Sonic that’s specific for our market, including its two engines, extra air bags (for a total of ten), quicker steering, hydraulic engine mounts, additional structural bracing, and, of course, specific chassis tuning. The Sonic was designed in Korea, and it’s supposed to be reminiscent of a motorcycle (presumably a sport bike rather than a Harley). Design manager Kathy Sirvio lent some credibility to that assertion when she revealed that she rides a Moto Guzzi.
Money matters
Chevrolet Sonic prices range from $14,495 to $17,995. That’s in line with its major competitors and about $3000 less than a comparable Chevy Cruze. The Sonic follows common practice by charging more ($700–$800) for its chopped-tail hatchback than for its surprisingly un-dorky-looking sedan (a rarity among four-doors this small). There are three trim levels.
What's inside
Despite being more than a foot shorter than the sedan, the hatch is able to swallow more cargo, even before you fold the rear seats. There’s a highly useful 19 cubic feet back there (plus underfloor storage); flop down the rear seatbacks and you get 30.7 cubic feet, which is good, but the Sonic doesn’t challenge the Honda Fit as the cargo-hauling champ. As for the sedan, its 14 cubic feet is better than most.
Both body styles offer decent space for four adults. Seats are comfortable; in the LS and LT they are upholstered in a typical cloth that looks fine but feels nasty. The LTZ gets a perforated faux-leather that’s considerably nicer. Real leather is not on the menu. There are three interior color schemes, all two-tone. Interior plastics look okay but they’re all hard surfaces. We don’t expect a lot of plush, soft-touch surfaces in this price class, but the door armrests, at least, could be padded. The unusual gauge cluster features an analog tachometer alongside a digital speedometer. It’s one of the bits that’s supposed to be reminiscent of a motorcycle, and it’s actually quite functional. So, too, are the switches and controls, which all have a quality feel and are simple to use.
Why you should pay more for the same 138 hp
The Sonic’s two four-cylinder engines are the same as in the Chevy Cruze: a normally aspirated 1.8-liter is the base unit and a 1.4-liter turbo is optional. Both engines make 138 hp, so what you’re buying with the turbo is extra torque -- 148 pound-feet versus 125. That, and a six-speed manual transmission in place of the base engine’s five-speed. The $700 cost strikes us as well worth it.
The extra oomph and extra gear are particularly important given that the Sonic is the heaviest car in its segment. That mass exacts a toll in fuel economy, particularly in the city. The base 1.8-liter’s EPA city ratings of 25 mpg (with the automatic) and 26 mpg (with the manual) are near the bottom of its competitive set. The 1.8-liter’s 35-mpg highway rating is middling. The 1.4-liter, however, reaches the magic 40-mpg mark on the highway (matching class leaders Hyundai Accent and Ford Fiesta); its 29-mpg city rating is only 1 mpg shy of the best-in-class Accent and Toyota Yaris.
For now, there is no automatic available with the turbo engine, which will surely limit its popularity among the millennials to which the car is being relentlessly pitched (many young people don’t know how to drive a stick). But that situation will be rectified in February, when the 1.4-liter automatic arrives.
Besides better gas mileage, another reason to step up to the turbo is that it’s just generally more pleasant. The boosted engine is more responsive -- reaching 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, compared with 8.6 seconds for the 1.8-liter manual and 9.4 seconds for the automatic. The turbo’s boost is nicely integrated, making for throttle response that is very linear. Both engines are direct injected, but the base unit is somewhat more coarse-sounding, although the engine is not particularly loud in either version.
Shift points
Rowing the six-speed manual is easy work. Shift efforts are light, although the throws are a little long and the action could be more positive. The clutch effort is also light, and, again, the travel is somewhat long, but not lifeless -- you can easily feel the engagement point. Chevrolet engineers and marketers seem particularly excited about the clutch’s standard hill-holder feature, as if they’d just discovered the technology, which has been around for decades. But, indeed, it was helpful on the famously steep hills in San Francisco. The automatic is a six-speed. It has a manual shift mode -- which is more than the Ford Fiesta can say. Rather than being accessed via a plus-minus gate, as in the Hyundai Accent, upshifts and downshifts are called up via a little rocker switch on the side of the shift knob, an odd arrangement.
Stiffen up
There was also much talk about chassis stiffness (100 percent better than the Aveo!), but as always, the proof is in the dynamics. There is only one suspension setup, with 15-, 16-, or 17-inch alloy wheels -- we drove the latter two. Even on seventeen-inch tires, the Sonic was able to deliver decent ride quality on the mean streets of the city -- impacts are not harsh, but there is some pitch (not unexpected given the short wheelbase) and the ride can be busy. On the switchbacks in the hills around La Honda, the Sonic was a pleasant surprise, turning in eagerly -- although not quite as energetically as the Ford Fiesta -- and remaining nicely composed over quick transitions. The chassis overall gives the impression of being well tied down. The car would be more fun to drive but for its electric power steering, the bane of so many cars in this class. Like the steering in the Sonic’s rivals from Ford and Hyundai and in the larger Chevy Cruze, the system feels detached and overboosted. That’s particularly true at parking speeds (are Americans really that frail?) but it’s also the case out on the open road.
Expect to hear more
Chevrolet engineers hint that there’s more to come with this car. For sure, there will be a raft of SEMA-ized Sonics at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers’ show in November. But the more significant news is expected at the Detroit auto show, where we could see a higher-performance version, which would take better advantage of what at first brush strikes us as a solid little platform.
2012 Chevy Sonic
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Front View
On sale: Now
Base price: $14,495 LS sedan
$15,395 LS hatchback
$15,695 LT sedan
$16,495 LT hatchback
$17,295 LTZ sedan
$17,995 LTZ hatchback
Powertrain
Engine:
1.8-liter I-4
Power: 138 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 125 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm
Engine: 1.4-liter I-4
Power: 138 hp @ 4900 rpm
Torque: 148 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
Transmissions: 5- or 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
EPA fuel economy (city/highway):
26/35 mpg (1.8L, manual)
25/35 mpg (1.8L, automatic)
29/40 mpg (1.4L, manual)
Measurements
Length:
173.1/159.0 in (sedan/hatchback)
Width: 68.3 in
Height: 59.7 in
Wheelbase: 99.4 in
Cargo capacity: 14.0 cu ft (sedan); 19.0/30.7 (hatchback, rear seats up/folded)
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Front Left View Driving
Never say General Motors can't think outside of the box. As its Detroit rivals tout their European-engineered, Mexican-built subcompacts, GM is replacing the aging Aveo with a Korean-German-American confection called the Sonic, to be produced for our market in Orion Township, Michigan. What's more, Chevy thinks it will be the enthusiasts' choice in the segment, and has brought us to an autocross outside of Indianapolis -- with some competitors in tow -- to prove it.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Right Side View Driving
Heavy Chevy
Among the many qualities the outgoing Aveo was not known for, confident handling might top the list. It thus comes as no surprise that GM dumped the wet Kimchi-noodle Daewoo platform in favor of a new architecture woven from a few Opel Corsa DNA strands. High-strength steel makes up 60 percent of the new car's structure -- roughly the same percentage Ford quotes for the Fiesta. North American models have additional bracing at each corner. All this structural integrity comes at a (literally) heavy price, as the Sonic weighs in at some 2800 pounds, a good 300-pounds more than most entries in the segment. Sonic lead engineer Joaquin Nuno-Whelan also attributes the ballast to a relatively large footprint (about 1.5-inches bigger than the Fiesta in both wheelbase and track) and a class-leading ten standard airbags.
Regardless, no one's going to be picking on this fat kid: the Sonic employs the same four-cylinder engine lineup as the even larger and heavier Chevrolet Cruze. With either the 138-hp 1.8-liter base engine or the 1.4-liter turbo, rated at a provisional 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, the Sonic handily outguns most competitors. Chevy expects the turbo to achieve the all-important 40-mpg benchmark when paired to a six-speed manual transmission, which it always will be, since the 1.4-liter Sonic can't be had with an automatic [UPDATE: Chevrolet says it will offer a six-speed automatic with this engine beginning early next year]. The 1.8-liter comes with either a five-speed stick or six-speed automatic.
Our forays through the cones are in turbocharged, preproduction Sonics. These are early-build examples lack dash graining but boast impressively consistent panel gaps and a fundamentally good layout. The view out is relatively unobstructed, the small steering wheel both tilts and telescopes, and the rear seats have enough room for two adults. Designers also did a commendable job injecting personality into the cabin. A motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster, dominated by a large tachometer and digital speedometer, speaks to the car's sporting intentions and, we might add, is easier to read at speed than the instruments in Chevrolet's V-8-powered sports cars. Unfortunately, there isn't quite enough material quality to make the style convincing. We haven't yet become so spoiled that we expect a soft-touch dash in this segment-- though the Fiesta provides exactly that -- but the Sonic lacks even a patch of squishy stuff on the door armrest. The gauges, framed in unconvincing faux aluminum, look a little like an aftermarket affectation, especially on lower-end models that don't have a vibrant dash color. From a purely functional standpoint, though, the Sonic's interior is one of GM's best pound-for-pound efforts.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Right Side View
With a bit of tire squeal, the Sonic makes its way onto the course. A short shift into second before the first turn briefly exposes the car's weight, but once the turbo catches its breath, the car shoots energetically through the cones. In fact, we soon gather up too much speed for a set of S-curves, at which point we stand on the brakes and prepare to eat a row of cones. That's when the Sonic serves up a delightful surprise. Rather than understeering badly as most front-wheel-drive cars would in this situation, the Sonic turns in obediently with nary a squeak from the front tires. The U.S. engineers cite their extensive chassis work (most of the actual platform development took place in Korea under the direction of the Corsa's lead engineer). In addition to the aforementioned structural reinforcements, the American team played with damper and bushing rates and swapped in a faster steering rack. The seventeen-inch Hankook Optimo tires went through an exhaustive twelve-round development process (versus the usual three for four) to find a compound that would provide better response and ride without adding too much rolling resistance. With stability control disabled on the second run, the back end's readiness to rotate nearly catches us off guard -- and then becomes our greatest ally -- through a fast sweeper and then a succession of tight second-gear changes.
This chassis balance becomes all the more evident when we set out on the track in two capable competitors -- the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta. Both of them prove much more reticent to change directions at speed and to rotate under braking. Somehow, the porky Chevy feels like a nimbler cone carver than either the Honda or the Ford. The numbers bear that out, as we post our best times of the day in the Sonic, though it's worth noting we had three times as many tries than in either competitor. That's not to say the Sonic was our clear favorite to drive. Like the larger Cruze, its steering is far too light, a trait that belies its accuracy. And though its six-speed manual is sufficiently smooth, it still doesn't match the Fit's five-speed for precision or its clutch-to-throttle calibration.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Dash
You have our attention, Chevy
Ultimately, a few hours spent drifting around in second gear leaves us with more questions than answers. For one, we'd like to see how the Sonic performs on real roads and against more competitors, particularly the feather-light Mazda 2. We also still wonder if GM, spurned by its disastrous experiment with the Saturn Astra, wouldn't have been better off adapting the handsome Corsa for our market as Ford has done so successfully with the Fiesta. Still, our morning at the track proves the Sonic will be a formidable and intriguing offering. And it should get better. Chevy will follow the fall launch of the Sonic hatchback and sedan with a Z-spec appearance kit and, sometime later, with a more substantive RS suspension package. An SS, we're told, is still "vaporware" at this point, but is certainly in the cards.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic
2012 Chevrolet Sonic
The Sonic is Chevy's all-new entry in the subcompact segment for 2012. It replaces the decent but unremarkable Aveo and, without a doubt, improves on that car in every way. Like the Aveo, the Sonic is offered as both a sedan and a hatchback, but it rides on a new platform loosely related to the German Opel Corsa. 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. The 138-hp, 1.8-liter base engine and the optional 1.4-liter turbo, rated at 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, handily outgun most of the Sonic's subcompact competitors. 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 quality of materials but impresses with a tilt-and-telescope 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. The production Sonic is just reaching dealers, and early indications are that it is a formidable -- and fun to drive -- small car that should compete well with the "big" hitters in this red-hot segment.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback Front
More than 40,000 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models are being recalled for a windshield washer fluid hose that could become disconnected from the reservoir, effectively disabling the windshield washer function. This could affect forward visibility and driver and passenger safety.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Paintballs
As the new kid on the subcompact block, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic had to prove itself. It went skydiving, bungee jumping, and performed an awesome kick flip. Now it's time for the car to show off its artistic side in a new ad, while Chevrolet has also released video previewing what Camaro owners can expect at the next Camaro5 Fest.
2013 Chevrolet Spark MyLink Map
With its 2013 Spark and just-released 2012 Sonic, Chevrolet is looking to pique the interest of a new generation of car buyers. To help woo the millennials to the bow-tie brand, Chevy is introducing a new touchscreen infotainment center that is navigation ready – all you need is an iPhone. According to General Motors, 90 percent of Sonic and Spark buyers already have a smart phone, so it seemed like a no-brainer to Chevy to integrate smartphone functionality into the car. The new head unit that will be available as a factory-ordered option on the 2013 Spark and 2013 Sonic has a high-resolution, easy-to-use touch screen and – get this, old timers – no CD player. As to be expected in cars marketed toward 20-somethings, there are standard auxiliary and USB inputs, Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora and Stitcher internet radio, and a version of Chevy's MyLink infotainment suite. What makes this new system even better is the expansion capability. We got to play around with the new millennial-aimed MyLink system with Sara LeBlanc, GM's program manager for global infotainment systems. Spark and Sonic owners with an iPhone or Android smartphone will be able to purchase the GoGoLink app for their phones that, when plugged into the car via USB (for iPhones) or Bluetooth (for Androids), allow the touchscreen to function as a navigation system. Because the data is located on the phone and not within the car, owners with the app will be able to plug their smartphones into any GM car equipped with the head unit. The GoGoLink app also stores all of the map data locally on the phone, so it can be used purely as a map application on the phone and does not draw on the phone's data connection to load the maps. "Think of it as smart phone, dumb radio," LeBlanc enthusiastically told us. "We're trying to keep our customers simple, safe, and connected, yet give them all of the features they're looking for." LeBlanc reminded us that most embedded navigation systems available on cars today easily cost $1000 and up. (Chevrolet's own 2013 Malibu offers navigation as a $1020 option.) While official pricing for the MyLink touchscreen system hasn't been announced, LeBlanc was excited that the GoGoLink app will retail for "less than $50." Right now, MyLink is only a $100 option on the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, but requires the addition of the $795 color touch radio with navigation. If Chevy can manage to price the MyLink system on the Sonic and Spark under Nissan's new compact navigation system (which runs between $500-$700, depending on the model), it may just have a hit on its hands. What Chevrolet won't talk about, though, is the future potential for the MyLink system. LeBlanc was excited about the fact that GM was pioneering this merger of phone and car apps (other similar systems frequently rely upon the phone’s data connection). If Chevy's system succeeds, it may herald in a new era of infotainment where things are stored on the drivers' phones -- the opportunities are virtually limitless. The first cars to get the new MyLink system will be 2013 Spark, which is on sale this summer, and will be standard on 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ models; following in the fall will be the 2013 Sonic LTZ and RS, which will have MyLink as standard. The GoGoLink app will be available in the Apple App Store and Android Market by the end of the year.
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
1.8L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
26 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
35 MPG
Horsepower:
138 hp @ 6300rpm
Torque:
125 ft lb of torque @ 3800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic, and model year 2012 Buick Verano vehicles. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals.
Consequences
If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, that air bag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel air bag coil, free of charge. The safety recall began on February 13, 2013. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.
Potential Units Affected
4,167
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:11
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:PADS
Summary
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 2, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 21, 2011. ON SOME OF THESE VEHICLES, THE FRONT BRAKE INNER OR OUTER PAD MAY BE MISSING.
Consequences
A MISSING PAD COULD RESULT IN REDUCED BRAKE SYSTEM PERFORMANCE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FRONT BRAKES FOR A MISSING INNER OR OUTER PAD. IF A BRAKE PAD IS MISSING, DEALERS WILL INSTALL NEW INNER AND OUTER PADS, A NEW BRAKE CALIPER, AND A NEW ROTOR. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 14, 2012
Potential Units Affected
4,296
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
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VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured from May 5, 2011, through February 24, 2012. These vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 104, "Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems." The windshield wiper washer hose on these vehicles may separate from the washer fluid reservoir. If this occurs, washer fluid will not be available to the windshield.
Consequences
A lack of washer fluid could impede the driver's view, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will secure the windshield washer hose to prevent separation, free of charge. The safety recall began on September 7, 2012. Owners may contact the Chevrolet owner center at 1-866-694-6546.
Potential Units Affected
44,668
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals.
Consequences
If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal airbag, that airbag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury.
Remedy
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil, free of charge. The safety recall began on January 11, 2013. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.
Potential Units Affected
2,949
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured March 1, 2012, to June 29, 2012, and equipped with a 6 speed automatic transmission and 1.8L four cylinder engine. In the affected vehicles, the transmission turbine shaft may fracture.
Consequences
If the transmission turbine shaft fracture occurs during vehicle operation in first or second gear, the vehicle will not upshift to the third through sixth gears, limiting the vehicle's speed. If the fracture occurs during operation in third through sixth gear, the vehicle will coast until it slows enough to downshift to first or second gear, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission turbine shaft, free of charge. The recall began on August 8, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14234.
Potential Units Affected
21,567
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Buick Verano vehicles manufactured December 2, 2011 to July, 16, 2012, Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured December 7, 2011 to July 25, 2012, Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured December 5, 2011 to August 2, 2012, and Chevrolet Camaro vehicles manufactured December 1, 2011 to June 11, 2012. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals.
Consequences
If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, that air bag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel air bag coil, free of charge. The recall began on July 25, 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact GM at 1-800-222-1020. Buick owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. Note: This is an expansion of recalls 12V-522 and 13V-023.
Potential Units Affected
31,520
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Buick Encore all-wheel-drive vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to September 9, 2013; Verano vehicles manufactured August 8, 2012, to June 20, 2013; Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured August 7, 2012, to August 16, 2013, and 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured May 10, 2011, to August 16, 2012 equipped with a Calix oil pan/block heater. In cold temperatures, the insulation on the engine block heater cord can become damaged, allowing the wires to be exposed.
Consequences
Exposed wires increase the risk of electrical shock and personal injury if the cord is handled while it is plugged in.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine oil pan/block heater cord with a new cord that is rated for temperatures of minus 40 degree Celsius. The recall began in August 2014. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14257.
Potential Units Affected
2,990
Notes
General Motors LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Depreciation
18.7%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$5,214
18.7%
Insurance
$7,215
25.9%
Fuel Cost
$8,487
30.4%
Financing
$1,199
4.3%
Maintenance
$4,071
14.6%
Repair Costs
$1,401
5%
State Fees
$319
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $27,906 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average