Chevrolet has released pricing information for its upcoming small car, the 2012 Sonic. When the Sonic goes on sale this fall, the sedan model will start at $14,495 (including a $760 destination charge), while the five-door hatchback will require $15,395.
Those base prices are for the LS trim, which comes with a 138-hp, 1.8-liter inline-four and a five-speed manual transmission. Standard equipment encompasses 10 airbags, 15-inch alloy wheels, OnStar, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, and an AM/FM radio with auxiliary audio input. Far from luxurious, the base Sonic has roll-up windows, manual mirrors, and lacks a CD player.
Upgrading to the Sonic LT entails sticker prices of $15,695 for the sedan and $16,495 for the hatchback. Additional features include power windows, heated power mirrors, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player.
The lavish Sonic LTZ starts at $17,295 for the sedan and $17,995 for the hatch, adding bits like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and USB audio connectivity, heated front seats, cruise control, fog lights, and 17-inch wheels.
The clutch-pedal averse can specify a six-speed automatic transmission can be specified for $1070. The LT and LTZ trims can be equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four and a six-speed manual transmission, for just $700.
The Sonic will effectively replace the Aveo sedan and five-door in Chevrolet’s lineup. The new Sonic is expected to be more refined, fuel-efficient, and better to drive than the Aveo, all of which is reflected in the sticker prices. Currently, the 2011 Aveo sedan starts at just $12,725 (after a $760 destination charge), while the hatchback starts at $12,875 after destination. For those prices, the Aveo came with 14-inch steel wheels and lacked power locks, power mirrors, and a CD player.