"Bracket creep" is the phenomenon where each successive generation of a car gets slightly bigger. It's what allowed the Honda Civic to evolve from the 1973 model, which today we'd call a minicar, to the compact it is today. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, deemed a subcompact by GM, is a prime example of bracket creep. Fifteen or 20 years ago, it would have been considered a compact. At 173 inches long, it's exactly as the length of a 1995 Honda Civic. And like the 2012 Hyundai Accent it competes against, it's large enough to carry four adults comfortably. So does the new Sonic, which replaces the...
2012 Chevrolet Sonic: What Do You Want To Know About New Subcompact?
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is the first subcompact car built in the U.S. in a very long time, and one of several new Chevy models that aim to lift the carmaker's overall fuel efficiency. We'll be driving at least three separate 2012 Sonics within four weeks, so we're seeking your input. What do you...John Voelcker
2012 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.John Voelcker
2012 Chevy Sonic Priced From $14,495, $400 More For Hatchback
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is Chevy's first re-entry into the subcompact market in many years. Now, prices for the new Sonic and its various options are out, with the 2012 Sonic starting at $14,995 including delivery. That price applies to the standard Sonic four-door sedan with a 1.8-liter "Ecotec...Kevin Lee