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Sonic LTZ Turbo 1.4 Hatchback
By daveh14 on
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Just purchased a week ago. Car rides and handles great. Had a hard time finding the turbo model - bought it sight unseen as it was in-transit to the dealer. Makes driving enjoyable again (my previous car was a mini-van). Getting great fuel mileage, so far, averaging about 36 with a high of 41 (and that's doing about 70 on the highway). Comfortable seating and looking forwards to a cross-country trip this summer.
The engine. Between the turbo and the variable valve timing the engine pulls in the first 4 gears from idle to high rpm smoothly. Power everything (except for seats) and built-in bluetooth make the car feel like a much higher class vehicle. Steering is wonderfully precise and the overall handling is outstanding.
Improve the throttle response! What some reviewers are attributing to turbo lag seems to be more a function of the fly-by-wire throttle. Under some conditions (such as blipping the throttle during a double-clutch downshift) the computer seems to ignore the input entirely, while responding normally under others (blipping it from an idle while at a standstill).