Now Available in Automatic - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevy Sonic LTZ: Now Available in Automatic

March 22, 2012

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One of the major complaints about the Chevy Sonic when it first launched (when we bought ours) was that the good motor, the 1.4-liter turbo 4, was only available with a manual transmission. This wasn't so much a complaint from our side of things as we tend to like manuals. Unfortunately, the American consumer, on the whole, doesn't and by limiting the turbo motor to the manual transmission, most people would be stuck with the 1.8 that runs far less smoothly and returns worse fuel economy (35 highway with the autobox).

Now, however, GM has announced that the 1.4-liter turbo motor will be available with a six-speed Hydra-Matic 6T40 automatic. The EPA says that this new transmission will return 37 mpg on the highway, 27 city and 31 mpg combined and GM says the combination's good for a 0-60 time of 7.8 seconds. In our testing the manual version hit 60 in 8.5 seconds.

Pricing was not announced, but for the Cruze 1.4-liter, the automatic is a $1,185 option.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor,

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