This is a guest post by Tom Noel, husband of Lisa of Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy.
Tom was much more detailed in his review than I was in mine here.
As the gas prices rise and the ability to go out and about becomes more and more expensive, Chevy has come up with an answer that I believe is a hit. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a great solution to affordable travel. I was given the opportunity to have one of these great little cars for a week and I have to say it was one of the most fun times I’ve had behind the wheel in a long time. The Sonic I drove was a Hatchback model (this car is also available in a sedan model). With the LTZ trim package.
The Chevy Sonic did not disappoint at all on fuel economy. At a rating of 25 miles per gallon/city and 35 miles per gallon/highway, this car exceeded expectations on both ratings. In town I was pleased with the 26.7 miles per gallon that it delivered. On the highway it did better than expected by getting 36 miles per gallon. This was achieved with the 1.8 liter dual overhead cam motor and 6 speed automatic/manual transmission. There is also a 1.4 liter DOHC turbo with 6 speed manual transmission available.
Not only did the car exceed its expectations in fuel economy, but the performance didn’t disappoint either. The Sonic will accelerate from 0 – 60 miles per hour in about 8 seconds and stopping is incredible as well. It took 125 feet to stop the car from 60 – 0 m.p.h. This is crucial in an emergency situation. Needless to say the kids had a blast riding in this peppy little machine.
Speaking of kids, the Chevrolet Sonic will take 3 kids and 2 adults quite easily with its 5 passenger capacity. The front seats have more than enough leg room for someone over 6 feet tall. And the head room is amazing. The kids did not complain at all about the rear seat leg room either. The driver's seat is very comfortable and at 5 feet 7 inches tall, I could not reach the pedals with the seat positioned all the way back. Meaning this car has leg room to spare in the driver’s position.
Safety is not a problem with the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic either. With its 10 airbags this car comes with a 5 star IIHS(Insurance Institute on Highway Safety) rating, which is the best a car can get. It’s nimble handling with the electronic speed sensitive power steering make it easy to avoid road hazards as well as to avoid collisions.
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is filled with features. With its 6 speaker sound system w/ CD player, XM radio (3 month subscription), AM/FM, and Auxiliary plug for your MP3 player there is never a lack of options for your listening enjoyment. There is also Bluetooth capability for your cellular telephone. A 1 year subscription to On Star is also standard with the Sonic.
If you are looking for a fun and affordable vehicle that will take you where you want to go comfortably, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a hit with this test driver.
For more information go to http://www.chevrolet.com/sonic-small-cars/, or visit your local Chevrolet dealer.
This is a fun car, packed with features and is well worth a test drive.