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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.
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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.
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

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1.8L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
26 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
35 MPG
138 hp @ 6300rpm
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

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