2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Turbo: How Would It Be With an Automatic?

June 21, 2012


As much as I like our long-term Chevy Sonic Turbo, there's no denying it has limited appeal. Every time I run through the gears (well, maybe the first four... 5th and 6th are darned tall), I remember that not everybody likes to run through the gears.

However, back in April, Chevrolet began offering a six-speed automatic transmission with the 1.4-liter turbo engine. This month, Senior Editor Bill Visnic spent a week with an automatic-equipped Sonic Turbo. Does the automatic blunt this warm hatch's performance, broaden its reach or a little of both?

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic in VA is:

$151 per month*
* Explanation