|Date Added: June 06, 2012 12:52:45 AM|
|Category: Shopping: Autos|
Originally called the Chevrolet Aveo, the Chevrolet Sonic is the nameplate in countries such as the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Japan, Israel, Middle East and South Africa. In the North America, the Sonic has different models consisting of a 4-door sedan or five-door hatchback. It is the only subcompact car made within the United States specifically in Michigan.
It is very likely that this car has been made for the first time, inexperienced driver. It feels very stable and well controlled even on curvy road. A stability control is present that might seem like overkill. Pressing the button to turn the system off does not turn it off; rather it only bumps of the intervention threshold. The ride is also very smooth and very quiet.
For the interior, the instrument panel is made of plastic that were not really, well, nice. But the instruments that were present were only the essential. Not whims, just what you need. They are also clear and clean.
For the driving position, the Sonic feels larger than others of its kind. This is because of its high beltline as well as more room between the driver and the windshield. But this can be a disadvantage for those who want a really compact car. Interior room is just right to fit adults. No need to scrunch up in order to get in. The seats are comfortable but without lateral support. The seats can also be heated but only to one level of adjustment.
To appeal to more clients, Chevrolet has announced its turbo charged engines. There are two options for the engine namely the 1.8 liter inline-four rated at 135 horsepower with 125 lb-ft of torque and the 1.4 liter turbo inline-four rated at 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The former has timing belt and comes in two transmissions, a 5-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The latter has a timing chain that will drive the camshafts and has a six-speed manual transmission. The mileage for the manual transmission is an EPA-estimated 29/40 mpg while the automatic transmission reduces the economy to 27/37 mpg.
Many reviewers choose the 5-speed manual over the automatic since the engine power is very much optimized. The stick feels slick than the past models and the manual transmission makes this car very responsive. It also avoids problems with the poorly programmed automatic.
The sonic is a better car with the 1.4T engine as well as the LTZ’s larger wheels but then again this combination will cost you much. For those in serious consideration of the price then the 17-inch wheel option would be good for you.