Cargo Area Parlor Tricks - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Cargo Area Parlor Tricks

February 29, 2012


At first glance, the hatch area at the back of our 2012 Chevrolet Sonic looks fairly standard. 60/40 fold down seat? Check. Rigid tilt-up cargo cover? Check.

But it does have a couple of tricks up its sleeve.

For example, that hole is a grab handle. The floor, you see, is also the lid of a hidden basement storage compartment...


...that you can remove altogether to increase the total size of the storage space. OK, you'll no longer have a flat load floor if you fold the seats at this point, but you do get a solid 6 inches more depth back here when you use this space as a trunk.

But where do you put the lid/floor you just removed? That's a hassle, right?


Nope. It goes right back where it came from, but on the floor of the basement level. Yeah, it eats up about 3/4-inch of the six-plus inches you just gained, but at least you don't have to store it in the garage.


OK, but what about the rigid security cover? Didn't Magrath take issue with that when he and the Riz tried to load their suitcases in for a trip to the airport?

Yes, but Mags could have done the followoing: unhook the two lifting strings and pop the front hinge-clamp thingies loose as if he was going to remove it. And then ...


...tip it forward and down into the groove that resides just behind the rear seatbacks. In the Sonic the security cover has a place to live in the car; stashing it in the garage is not required.


And if you you do both things - drop the floor into the basement and stow the security cover - the Chevrolet Sonic easily becomes the two-bag hatch Mags and the Riz were hoping for. There may even be enough extra room for a laptop bag or two, to boot.

OK, it's no Honda Fit, which has no equal in this class when it comes to cargo flexibility or outright capacity, but the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback nevertheless offers some decent storage tricks of its own.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,510 miles

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