Linkage-y - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Linkage-y

October 26, 2012


Pulling up to a stop sign, depressing the clutch and slotting the transmission into first gear isn't usually something you can hear from the outside of a car. But in the Sonic, it's loud and clear. Driving with my windows down allowed me to hear the sound of the clutch being disengaged, the sound of the shift linkage moving and gears swapping about. With the exception of the noisy flywheels in Corvettes, and the mechanical black magic noises that a GT-R makes, I've never heard quite as much drivetrain noise at low speeds in any other car

I wondered if I was the only one who could hear it, so I drove around my neighborhood and tried to see if pedestrians would notice. The Sonic is a pretty quiet car, quiet enough not to warrant a glance as it drives by, but sure enough, several people looked up from their walk as the Sonic's linkages clanked away, to confirm that I wasn't imagining things.

Mind you, it doesn't make the Sonic sound cheap, it just makes that, you know, linkage-y sound.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 14,103 miles

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