2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Super Sonic
January 10, 2013
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