2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Where Do You Put Your Hands?

July 31, 2012

sonic steering wheelBack in the '80s, when I was first learning to drive, I was taught that my hands should be at the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions on the steering wheel. But the professional driving schools I've attended (thanks to my job here at Edmunds) suggest 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock, so I've adjusted. (They also suggest 8 and 4, race car-style, but I just can't seem to make that comfortable yet.) There are some steering wheels that accommodate this positioning nicely, but the Sonic is not one of them.

Maybe I have tiny baby hands, but the 9 and 3 positions on this steering wheel feel way too chunky for me. Looks to me like the designer didn't expect Sonic drivers to have their hands at 9 and 3.

What about you? Where are your hands when you drive?

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com, @ 9,953 miles

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