2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Dual Personality Engine
March 13, 2012
The interesting thing to me about utilizing a turbocharged, small-displacement four-cylinder engine in the Sonic is that it gives the driver more options for driving style. If you want to treat your Sonic like a hot hatch, the turbo 1.4-liter will boost up and do its best to appease you. Alternately, if it's maximum fuel economy you want, just tread lightly on the throttle and stay out of the boost.
I like it because I can mix both styles so easily. For normal driving, I'll just keep it casual, maximizing mpg. But when I do need to accelerate quickly (say, for a highway entrance ramp), the turbo provides an extra dose of power that wouldn't otherwise be available in this type of car.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor