2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevy Sonic LTZ: More on the Automatic

March 26, 2012


By now we all know that the 2012 Chevy Sonic will now be available with the 1.4-liter turbocharged motor (the good one) and an automatic transmission (the one most Americans want and that it will cost an additional $1,070.

Here are two more facts about the automatic...

1) The Sonic automatic will have slightly different gear ratios than the Cruze automatic. They are:
1 4.58
2 2.96
3 1.91
4 1.45
5 1.00
6 0.75
Rev 2.94

(Cruze is: I = 4.58; II = 2.96; III = 1.91; IV = 1.44; V = 1.00; VI = 0.74; R = 2.94 )

2) The manual shift gate will operate like the one in the Cruze (and not like the stupid one in the Malibu) and, in manual mode, will hold gears at redline.That's always a welcome feature.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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

$188 per month*
* Explanation