2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ
by Dave Stall

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZChevrolet is moving down the road with an entire head of steam counting the Camaro, Corvette, Silverado Truck, Volt and now their first small 40 MPG car – the Sonic.

The Sonic is a blast to drive. Three trim levels are available to choose from, LS, starting at $14,495, LT starting at $15,695 and my test vehicle the LTZ starting at $17,295. Go to Sonic for a complete listing of features in the other trim levels.

My tester was loaded. It has the very efficient 4-cylinder engine but a turbocharged, developing 138 horsepower and 148 foot pounds of torque, backed by a six speed manual. Yea!

Regular unleaded is the fuel of choice even in the turbocharged engine and the mileage is estimated at 29 MPG city and 40 freeway. I was able to average 38 miles per gallon combined. Drivers can choose a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed if choosing a LT trim level. The coupe or and the sedan, depending on ones needs, is also a choice.

The car weighs in around 2700 pounds so it has a great feel on the road. It can handle four full size adults; in fact it is the segment leader in interior roominess and versatility. The Sonic was designed to be practical and fun to drive, and I think they reached that goal. Cargo space is important in this segment and it holds as much as 30.7 cubic feet of stuff in the Sonic.

Sitting in the driver seat drivers get comfort and visibility. Operating the controls are a snap and all the amenities are there – A/C, power door locks, keyless remote, six speaker sound system with CD, XM/ Sirius radio, power outside mirrors, connectivity package, with USB port and Bluetooth and all can be controlled from the leather wrapped steering wheel. Heated seats are a treat and standard on the LTZ along with cruise control and fog lights and painted aluminum 17-inch wheels.

Safety is key even in a small car and this one has 10 air bags, Hill Hold Feature, roll over mitigation, and it is the Insurance Institute Highway Safety top safety pick.

Head on down to your local Chevy dealer and take one out for a spin, you might be pleasantly surprised!

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