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 will be built in America. Compared to the Cruze, the sedan is about 8 inches shorter in length, 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.

Comparison to Prior Model

2012 Chevrolet Sonic sedan
2012 Chevrolet Sonic sedan
Price Range ($) $13,865 - $18,625
Length (in) 173.1
Wheelbase (in) 99.4
Width (in) 68.3
Height (in) 59.7
Track (in) 59.4
Exterior Volume (cu. ft.) 355.2
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2721-2862
Legroom Total (in.) 76.4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 90.1
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 14.0
Driven Wheels
  • FWD
  • 1.4l I4 T (138-bhp)
  • 1.8l I4 (138-bhp)
Transmissions A6, M5, M6
City MPG 25-29
Highway MPG 35-40
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