2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Thunk
December 21, 2012
You know that solid door thunk that car journos are always going on about? The one that German luxury sedans have mastered to perfection, that lauded "bank vault" shudder that writers and salesmen always gush over? Here's the switchgear equivalent: the Sonic's turn signal indicator. I'm not kidding. First off, this is a typically thick GM stalk. And the detent action pleases in both sound and feel, fostering a perception of quality and solidity you never expect at this subcompact level.
Considering the problems we had with the upholstery (which seem largely abated), this small detail makes clear how a car, particularly its interior, is the sum of multiple suppliers, some better than others.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 16,600 miles