2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic: 33.0, 34.2, 35.6, 40.1 MPG

March 29, 2012


A few weeks ago I posted that our Sonic's fuel economy might see a rise while I was driving it. Well, I'm getting back to you. The title numbers above were my fuel economy numbers after fill-ups. They're all better than what we have been averaging.

The first three were standard city/highway mixes. For that last tank, the 40.1 mpg one, I put in a little effort to maximize economy. It was mostly highway driving, and I stayed very close to the speed limit (70 mph) and used cruise control whenever possible. The overall highway route was the same one I used to get 46.1 mpg in the Jetta last year.

I still think our Sonic's numbers for a year total will not be all that great (lots of city driving, typical editor driving style.) But I at least proved to myself that the Sonic will get good numbers if you want it to. For reference, EPA for our car is 29/40/33 mpg.

We'll also be using our Sonic for a special fuel economy test next month. I'm looking forward to that.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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