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2013 Chevrolet Sonic
2013 Chevrolet Sonic

New For 2013

The RS five-door hatchback is new for 2013. It’s powered by the same 1.4-liter turbo offered on other Sonic models, and it gets disc brakes all around, more aggressive gear ratios for the manual, a 10-mm lower ride height, a more aggressively tuned chassis, unique seventeen-inch wheels, and numerous cosmetic upgrades. Inside, you’ll find leather on the seats, shifter, and steering wheel; aluminum pedals; and RS-specific red accents.


The Sonic replaced the Aveo for 2012 and, without a doubt, improves on that car in every way. Like the Aveo, the Sonic is offered as a sedan and a hatchback. 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. 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 materials quality but impresses with a tilt-and-telescoping steering 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. For 2013, the sporty Sonic RS debuts with a unique front fascia, higher gearing (manual transmission), and rear disc brakes. These add-ons don’t transform the RS into a sports car, but they inject some attitude and driving fun into an already good subcompact.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. OnStar is standard and includes Automatic Crash Response free for six months.

You'll like:

  • Adult-friendly back seats
  • RS hatchback is a decent sport compact
  • Premium options

You won't like:

  • Chubbier than its rivals
  • Imprecise six-speed manual transmission

Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic

  • Ford Fiesta
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Kia Rio
  • Nissan Versa
IOS In The Car Navigation
Chevrolet Sonic RS Hatchback Skateboard Tricks Image 2
With the Chevrolet Sonic being marketed to a young crowd, the subcompact hatch has attempted several extreme stunts – and this Feature Flick is no different. Rapper Theophilus London uses a Sonic RS hatchback like a skateboard on his way to pick up some milk.
2012 Nissan Versa SV Sedan Front Three Quarter
In the midsize and compact segments, the sales charts are predictably dominated by Honda and Toyota, with some of the domestic brands showing a surprising resurgence in those segments. But in the B-segment (or subcompact, to us Yanks), it's a whole different pecking order.
2013 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Hatchback Front Three Quarter
To prevent building up large inventories, General Motors temporarily idled production of the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano this week. A GM representative confirmed that GM halted its Lake Orion, Michigan, plant because "we build to demand."
2012 Chevrolet Sonic Dusk Front View
At last year's SEMA show, Chevrolet showed off a gussied-up Sonic sedan it called the Sonic Dusk. This year, Chevrolet’s again showing the Sonic Dusk at SEMA, but announcing the Sonic Dusk will become a series production model.

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2013 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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