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If you're looking for one of the best and most fuel-efficient small cars for the money, skipping the Chevrolet dealership would be a mistake; following the introduction of the all-new Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan last year (and the Chevy Volt), GM now has some seriously competitive small cars. And the latest entry, the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, hits new marks for comfort, refinement, and frugality, while being—surprisingly—quite fun to drive.

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is far more impressive from a driving standpoint than its predecessor, the Chevrolet Aveo, while its fuel economy is better and cabin appointments don't feel bargain-basement. Up close, trims are still clearly economy class, but there's a sense of flair—and much better detailing—inside and out. Inside, the instrument panel is shaped somewhat like that of the Cruze, with a smooth flowing design and V-shaped center stack, but it's complemented with a motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster that...

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UPDATE2012 Chevrolet Sonic Subcompact Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

The influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has designated the subcompact 2012 Chevy Sonic one of its Top Safety Picks. Read Update

UPDATE2012 Chevrolet Sonic: First Drive

We found the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic to be fuel-efficient, comfortable, and in 1.4T form, the most refined model in this class, and one of the most engaging to drive. Read Update

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