2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test


2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Ford versus Chevy

January 2, 2013

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ

Usually, when you hear Ford versus Chevy, it relates to the long-fought battle between the Mustang and the Camaro. Or maybe F-Series versus Silverado. Today, however, I'm talking about the econoboxes fielded by these two long-time foes — Fiesta versus Sonic.

First off, I really like the Ford Fiesta, mostly because of its enjoyable, involving handling and its sharp styling. But for me, the Sonic tops it for several key reasons. The Chevy has more intuitive controls, a lot more cargo/passenger space, and with the spunky turbo 1.4, considerably swifter acceleration.

Yes, the Fiesta may beat it in the MPG derby, but I'll take the Sonic's still-respectable fuel economy and the fun of its added kick, thank you. I've signed out our Sonic quite a few times, and even as it nears the end of its tour of duty with us, I still enjoy its spirited performance, slick-shifting 6-speed, quiet highway ride and comfortable cabin.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 16,920 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic in VA is:

$147 per month*
* Explanation
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