Super Sonic - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Super Sonic

January 10, 2013

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ

I'm usually not a fan of customized economy cars. Civics with exaggerated ground effects, oversized double-tiered wings and 20-inch wheels strike me as silly. Don't get me wrong, I've got a soft spot for the '99-'00 Civic Si, but that's a factory hot rod that was tastefully done. When fitted with the feisty turbo 1.4 however, the little Chevy Sonic has enough personality (and performance) to get away with an attention-grabbing paint scheme and some tasteful styling tweaks.

This souped-up (there's an old-time expression for you) Sonic sedan was done by Design Rides and Gurnade for the '11 SEMA show (this is the first time I saw it). The candy yellow paint — a hue I would normally deem too much — works well as do the handsome double-spoke wheels and discrete rear spoiler. I'd probably go without the hood stripes, but otherwise think this is a sharp little pocket rocket.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 16,945 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Pretty bad PS...look how the grid texture in the grille openings is kinda tipped to one side. Also looks like there is ah, some kind of rear steer going on there. I would think that rather than a body-kitted Sonic with the same 1.4T I would go for a Fiesta ST with about 65 more hp and double the torque of the regular Fiesta.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Second recommendation for the commenting system: make it so that the whole post appears in the window where the comments box is - not just the "before the jump" part. Usually, we're commenting on the post, and it's nice to be able to refer to the post when commenting.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Wooohooo Comments are Back! I'm with the author on this one, that one particular Sonic does look pretty good. It looks more SRT4 Neon than clapped out Civic. That all the body panels are painted the same color helps I'm sure.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    would need in the 140-160hp ballpark which should theoretically be doable with exhaust and a tune but it would still not be near as fast as the fiat abarth but at least you can fit more crap in it. but still a 4 cylinder camry would likely pull away. i say it is plenty powerfull already and just go for a better brake package, wheel package and a coil over suspension.

  • yaymx5_ yaymx5_ Posts:


  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    Yay. you sold your sonic!

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    Yay. you sold your sonic!

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