Chevrolet Sonic RS
More or less coincidentally, we've recently tested three hot hatchbacks: the Chevrolet Sonic RS, the Fiat 500c Abarth, and the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman All4. (The Fiat was actually the Cabrio version of the Abarth hot-rod model with the roll-back cloth roof, not a hatchback--but for all intents and purposes, its performance was the same.) The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS uses the same 138-hp, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission as other Sonics. The "RS" designation translates to unique 17-inch alloy wheels and lower-profile tires, a lowered ride...
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS: How Hot Is Chevy's Sporty Hatch?
The Chevrolet Sonic subcompact was an impressive offering when we tested both a 1.8-liter LT hatchback and a 1.4-liter LTZ sedan almost two years ago. Now, with the advent of the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS sports model, we had a chance to revisit the car--and we remain impressed. The RS version uses the...John Voelcker
2013 Chevy Sonic RS: Detroit Auto Show Debut For Sporty Trim Package
The 2012 Chevy Sonic subcompact launched this year to largely favorable reviews, including our own (here and here). For next year, Chevy is upping the ante, with a turbocharged 2013 Sonic RS model that's meant to take the littlest U.S.-built Chevrolet into hot-hatch territory. The Sonic RS will be...John Voelcker