2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Sonic vs. FR-S

April 30, 2012

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Photo by Rex Tokeshi-Torres

I really like the handling of the little Chevy Sonic. It has quick, precise steering and a relatively stiff suspension. All of which help it get around corners much better than you'd expect from an economy car. And more than that, it's fun to take around those corners.

We had the long-term Sonic at our test track recently the same day as the Scion FR-S. No way it could hang with the rear-drive FR-S around the slalom, right?

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Photo by Rex Tokeshi-Torres

Think again. While the FR-S managed 67.3 mph around the cones, the Sonic posted a truly impressive 68.2 mph. On all-season tires.

Yep, the Sonic is an economy car for people who actually like to drive.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 7,871 miles.

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$188 per month*
* Explanation