Low Front Airdam - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Low Front Airdam

May 06, 2012


The front airdam on our 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is low. This is the view of me backing into my driveway, which is not steep by any means. If I creep at a pace below idle there is a hair's-width between plastic and asphalt. If I allow the car to move at idle speeds, it drags.

Not only does its proximity to the ground increase the risk of this piece being removed by physics, but driving over dips and speed bumps can be embarassing too. Scraaaape over an everyday dip and again up your average driveway. It's a head turner, but not in the good way.

Maybe it's a Chevy thing. We've experienced the same on Volts and Corvettes in the past. I realize it serves an aerodynamic purpose... fuel economy and all that stuff too... but I wish it didn't have to be so intrusive. This is not my favorite feature of the Sonic.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 8,130 miles

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