When you think about sub-compact cars, what generally comes to mind? For most people it’s a cheap interior, sub-par power and most of all, the lack of creature comforts. For 2012 though Chevrolet seeks to change that with the release of their new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Over the last few years and due to a crappy economy, automakers have seen a rise in the sub-compact car segment. Cars like the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent, while not flying off sales floors have definitely seen a rise in consumer interest. Chevrolet’s previous offering, the pint-sized Aveo, is now dead and in it’s place comes this new peaky pocket-rocket that has its sights dead set on the competition.
There is no doubt that visually, the Sonic is a much better alternative to both the Ford and Hyundai. It’s aggressive looking, sporty and more importantly (according to GM) a hoot to drive thanks to a suspension that was tuned by Corvette engineers. The Sonic is also available in either a four-door or 5-door hatchback. Under the hood the new Sonic can be had with either GM’s standard 1.8-liter Ecotec or the 138hp 1.4-liter turbo. This is the same engine that was in the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze that I recently tested. Combine that with either a fun 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, and you’ve got the makings of a really fun little scoot.
According to these photo’s the Sonic’s new interior should also be a winner with such amenities as a stylized gauge cluster with digital readout, remote start, heated front seats and sunroof. GM has made huge leaps as far as their vehicle interiors go, in fact the Cruze’s interior was one of the nicest I’ve seen. With that being said, if that is any indication of the quality we’re going to be receiving, well then, I’m all for it.