Chevrolet has been trying to feel a little excited with the launch of the new 2012 Chevy Sonic, as they have made a number of enhancements so that it can take the place of the Aveo. This model a step-down from the Cruze, but the promised 40MPG does seem a bit of a stretch. Looking over some of the specs you will be in for some disappointment, as the actual figure during a recent review was just 27.6 mpg, not to mention that the rear brakes were not discs but drums.
This is a little shocking really, as you would have thought that most cars would have disc brakes all round? That’s not all, going back to the mileage issue, because the MPG figure was much lower than expected, that meant that The Augusta Chronicle could only manage 325 miles on a full tank of gas. Seems like the Automaker needs to make a few re-calculations.
It’s not all bad, as the interior and the safety aspect is much improved when compared to the Aveo. Okay so we know that we have an issue with those brakes, but they will stop the vehicle when needed. However, you do have the comfort of knowing that you are surrounded by ten — yes ten — airbags as standard. There were a few teething issues during a recent test drive, which can be read in the full review.
The price for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic starts at $13,735 and goes up to $16,535. However, you will need to add another $760 on that for a destination charge. The engine has a 1.4-liter displacement and will produce 138hp; this can be increased if you select the turbo option. The main rivals for this car will be the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Fit.