2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: This is OnStar, Would You Like Your Mirror Dimmed?

April 05, 2012


No, the mirror pictured above is not from our Sonic, and no, I do not have a French tip manicure.

I hopped in the Sonic last night and started my usual routine of adjusting the seat, wheel and mirrors. When I went to flip the day/night lever on the rearview mirror, I was greeted by something rather unexpected.


Bing bing bing! OnStar.

Whoops. I accidentally hit the OnStar button. I quickly cancelled the connection by tapping the phone icon button. But that led me to the guts of this post.

That OnStar button is right where I rest my thumb to flick the mirror dimming lever with my index finger. That seems like a design oversight. Sure, you could just flick it with resting your thumb, and perhaps there are some drivers out there who operate it in that fashion. But I contend that there are probably plenty of people who have accidentally hit this button when they were reaching for the lever.

I know, I know…I'm nitpicking. But in a car that I'm generally pleased with, I think I'm allowed. After all, if we don't point things like this out, they may never change.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 5,970 miles

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