2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test


2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Direct Injec...Whaaaa?

February 16, 2012

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So there I was this morning; making a hasty early morning retreat to beat the Obama motorcade out of Beverly Hills (I succeeded, by the way). When I rolled to a stop at a light, this popped in my head, "Man, that direct injection really makes this sound like a diesel."

That was going to be my blog post this morning, until I double-checked out long-term intro. The Sonic is not direct injected. Being that Magrath wrote it, I triple-checked it against the GM specs. "Sequential multi-port fuel injectors," is what it said. That's not good. Our Sonic sounds like a diesel and Magrath is right.

As this revelation circled the editorial department, everybody had the same reaction of disbelief. But even with the underhood clatter, I think the Sonic is a great little car.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @2,842 miles

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