...The base 2012 Sonic LS sedan and hatchback, indeed the entire Sonic lineup, goes against the grain a bit, however, in boasting standard painted alloy wheels. In the case of the LS, these are 15-inch wheels that bear such niceties as standard cloth upholstery, remote power door locks, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, air conditioning and a trip computer. As is traditional in GM vehicles, the LS also is expected to carry OnStar Directions and Connections navigation and communications service, as well as an AM/FM stereo with four speakers and auxiliary MP3 input, all standard. Moving up a notch...
...including front knee bolsters; a standard 1.8-liter engine that zips and an optional turbocharged inline four-cylinder model that zooms; Bluetooth, iPhone and iPad connectivity; standard OnStar emergency communications with a six-month, introductory free subscription package. Add to that a clever rework of old suspension technology (Macpherson struts up front and torsion beam in the rear) that a does a much-better-than-ordinary job in smoothing out the generally bumpy ride of small cars. Ride experience: You can get stopped by police in the Sonic LT. It happened to me in Fairfax County. I...
...The only problem was the music was muted during this process. That's fine for short trips, but on longer drives I'd like for the radio volume not to be tied to the OnStar volume. The Sonic gets six months of OnStar service for free. Afterward, a subscription is required. There aren't many bells and whistles in the Sonic, but Chevy dressed up what it has quite nicely. In the backseat, there is a nice flat bench for child-safety seats, but don't kid yourself. Only two will work in this five-seater. Also, there's just one seatback pocket, which means kids will start claiming their territory. Be...
...Interior Like the outside, the inside takes inspiration from motorcycles, Chevrolet says. The instrument cluster is one of the more identifiable products of that approach, attaching a floating digital LCD readout to an analog speedometer. Judging by the initial specifications available from Chevrolet, the interior dimensions don't seem very different from the Aveo. Trunk space for the sedan has increased, though, growing from 12.4 cubic feet to 14 cubic feet. The hatchback sees added cargo room behind the rear seat, but total cargo volume is down with the seats folded, shrinking from 37.2...
...With a winning blend of power, comfort and fuel efficiency,
...It's standard equipment. A brightly lit digital speedometer and analog tachometer are fused close together for easy reading in daylight or at night. Accounting for the techies among today's drivers, the dashboard sports two large storage cubbies on each side of the radio that make for valuable space. I stored my phone, wallet, keys and notepad, with room to spare. Those planning to cart around friends should consider the hatchback for the additional rear headroom it offers. I'm 6 feet tall, and my scalp rubbed the sedan's ceiling. The hatchback provided about an inch of scalp relief. Backseat...
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