2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Inadvertent Built-In iPhone Clamp

March 02, 2012


We've all commented on those oddly-shaped storage slots on each side of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic's center stack. Turns out they're perfectly sized to grab onto an iPhone if the case is squishy enough.

It's like having a built-in hands-free windshield mount, and the map screen sits right in my line of sight. I essentially have traffic and navigation in a car that didn't come with it, and I don't have to dicker with it any more than any factory-installed touch-screen navigation head unit.

As for the phone function of this setup, the Sonic's Bluetooth connection and steering wheel voice commands take care of that. And the Sonic's radio head unit is reasonably adept at controlling the iPod album and song menus, too.

Too bad the USB jack isn't located inside this compartment so the cord isn't an eyesore.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,521 miles

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