2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test


2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Working for Recognition

October 1, 2012

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Our Chevy Sonic reminds me of an energetic summer intern. Its tasks can be inglorious, but it's intent on performing them well with minimal fuss. It wants to earn your respect.

The Sonic didn't have anything exciting to do this weekend. It was just quotidian stuff: commuting from work to home, going from home to the gym, home to supermarket, home to breakfast and back. But it handled pockmarked streets, met the challenge of highway speeds, squeezed into parking spaces and hauled bulky groceries.

It's good at cooling down on hot days (a little quicker response time would be nice, but hey: Everyone has room for improvement). It's good at clearing its fogged windows. The fun of its manual transmission doesn't get old. If I had a permanent position for such a determined performer, I'd hire it in a heartbeat.

How about you -- have you ever had a car that you took from temp status (borrowed or rented) to a full-time spot in your garage?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 12,214 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$147 per month*
* Explanation
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