Styling Critique - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Styling Critique

January 26, 2012

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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.

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Sonic_f34.jpg 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


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