2012 Chevrolet Sonic 5d

At a Glance

Pricing $14,765 - $19,325
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.4l I4 T, 1.8l I4
Transmissions A6, M5, M6
Fuel Economy 25-29 (city), 35-40 (highway)

The Chevrolet Sonic replaces the Korean-built Aveo in the lineup. Like many automakers, Chevrolet offers two vehicles in the compact segment. Chevrolet positions the significantly larger and more expensive Cruze as a premium compact leaving room for the Sonic as a value-oriented alternative. In terms of competitive vehicles, the Sonic sedan is larger than the Toyota Yaris, and Ford Fiesta, but smaller than the Nissan Versa. The Sonic shares its powertrains with its larger sibling the Cruze. Buyers can opt for either a 1.8l four-cylinder engine or a turbocharged 1.4l with similar output. Even though the Sonic touts a low starting price, it does so by omitting common equipment like power windows, power mirrors, and cruise control and rear disc brakes. There are competitive vehicles in the class that offer this equipment in similarly priced vehicles.

What Changed:

The new Sonic replaces the Aveo in Chevrolet's lineup. Although identical to the next generation Aveo sold worldwide, the US version was renamed Sonic and is built in America. Compared to the Cruze sedan, the 5-door hatch is about 6 inches shorter in wheelbase and 2 inches narrower. Like the Cruze, the Sonic is offered with either a 1.8l four-cylinder engine or a turbocharged 1.4l. Both engines have similar output.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Sonic 5d LS 1.8l I4 (138-bhp) M5 FWD 26/35/30 44 $14,765
Sonic 5d LS 1.8l I4 (138-bhp) A6 FWD 25/35/30 44 $15,835
Sonic 5d LT 1.8l I4 (138-bhp) M5 FWD 26/35/30 44 $15,865
Sonic 5d LT 1.4l I4 T (138-bhp) M6 FWD 29/40/34 46 $16,565
Sonic 5d LT 1.8l I4 (138-bhp) A6 FWD 25/35/30 44 $16,935
Sonic 5d LT 1.4l I4 T (138-bhp) A6 FWD 46 $17,635
Sonic 5d LTZ 1.8l I4 (138-bhp) M5 FWD 26/35/30 50 $17,365
Sonic 5d LTZ 1.4l I4 T (138-bhp) M6 FWD 29/40/34 52 $18,065
Sonic 5d LTZ 1.8l I4 (138-bhp) A6 FWD 25/35/30 50 $18,625
Sonic 5d LTZ 1.4l I4 T (138-bhp) A6 FWD 52 $19,325