2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test


2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Armrest Critique

February 01, 2012

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I fully realize the Chevy Sonic is a small, inexpensive car. But dang, the door armrest feels like it's little more than hard plastic. Which is exactly what it is.

I understand the need to keep costs down with a car like this, but the plastic is so hard and uncomfortable that there's almost no need for the armrest because you have no desire to put your elbow there.

Of note, this is of course much more of a problem when you wear short-sleeve shirts like I do almost every day, leaving your elbow without any form of padding.

On the bright side...

The adjustable driver's seat armrest is considerably more cushy. Nice. And for me, anyway, it's at the perfect height. And, it doesn't interfere with your shifting even when in the down position.


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Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor

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