Hatches Are Cool - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Turbo: Hatches Are Cool

June 12, 2012


Over the weekend, I returned from breakfast to find that an example of the most attractive hatchbacks currently on sale in the U.S. -- the Volvo C30 -- parked next to our long-term Chevrolet Sonic.

Since parking was plentiful, I took this to mean the C30 owner was drawn to the Sonic's edgy styling (rather than assuming said individual was looking to shorten the walking distance to the nearby OP Cafe).

This is obviously a sparely equipped C30, as you'll note its unpainted lower body moldings, but I think this car looks great in any color with any of the wheel options. It's such a clean design and I love the rake and curve of the hatch.

Next to it, the Sonic has harder lines and looks funkier, and maybe not quite as refined, but I like the pinched look of its hatch. The tail ends abruptly on the Chevy, but the roof spoiler softens the effect. And the longer I look at the Sonic, the more I realize what a critical element that spoiler is to its overall appearance.


Without that spoiler wrapping around the rear glass, this car would look cheap and naked... it would be just another bargain-basement hatchback.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 9,272 miles

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