Leaving Them All Behind - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Leaving Them All Behind

January 25, 2012

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I have to say that I've been enjoying driving our new long-term 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ through rush-hour traffic. That's saying a lot considering it's stick.

Usually when the long-term car board comes to me, I pick a car based on where I'm going for the evening. Like, is it way cross town where I have to sit on the notoriously clogged-up 10 East and then cut through the equally bad surface street traffic? Or am I just going straight home, which is just 7 miles from the office, aka 30-45 minutes away? Most of the time I'll go for a car with auto because, let's face it, driving stick in stop-and-go suuuhucks.

But our little Sonic isn't so hard to shift. It's not as light as the Fiat's shifter/clutch but neither is it like our old Mazdaspeed 3. And bonus is that it has a 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine and 138 horsepower so I can switch lanes quickly and get around the slow pokes and not-so-slow pokes like no one's business.

I see many more rush-hours in our future together. By the way, score on the seat heaters in the Sonic. So effective! More on that later.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 2,244 miles

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