2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Styling Critique
January 26, 2012
It used to be that cars in the entry-level hatchback class were dull and uninspired. Nowadays, it seems like this segment is leading the way with fun and evocative design. Between the Hyundai Veloster and our new long-term Chevy Sonic, teenagers today have it much better than I did.
Styling goes a long way with the Sonic. Take off all of the flourishes, and its underlying shape falls somewhere between a Smart ForTwo and a Suzuki SX4. There's an aggression about the Chevy that really speaks to me. Those canted-in headlights give it an Evo-like frown up front. From the side, there's enough visual interest in the character lines to keep it out of crap-box territory and lean towards Japanese funky box.
I think Chevrolet nailed the design of the Sonic. It's more aggressive than the Ford Focus, without going too far. On top of all the design stuff, it's just a pleasant car to drive. Well played, GM.
What do you think? In this segment, is it on top?
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor