The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic goes on sale this fall, and like the fast-food chain of the same name, there are several flavors available. Chevrolet has now launched an online configurator to let you specify the exact Sonic you want.
As we have reported before, the 2012 Sonic sedan starts at $14,495 (after a $760 destination charge), while the hatchback commands $15,395. Both come standard with a 138-hp, 1.8-liter inline-four engine and a five-speed manual transmission; a six-speed automatic transmission can be added for $1070. Buyers who want more performance can opt for a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that’s paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, a $700 option on LT and LTZ trims.
According to the configuration tool, the Sonic hatchback maxes out at $18,845. To do so requires opting for a Sonic LTZ with the 1.4-liter turbo engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a sunroof. The Sonic sedan can be upgraded to the tune of $17,995 with the same set of options.
Of course, buyers trying to keep monthly payments in check will find plenty of standard equipment on even the base LS trim: 10 airbags, 15-inch alloy wheels, OnStar, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, and an AM/FM radio with auxiliary audio input. The Sonic LT adds power windows, heated power mirrors, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player; the LTZ trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and USB audio connectivity, heated front seats, cruise control, fog lights, and 17-inch wheels.