2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevy Sonic LTZ: One Bag Hatch

February 13, 2012

Last week, our 2012 Chevy Sonic served airport shuttle duty. Riswick and I were headed to Chicago for the 2012 Chicago Auto Show and the Sonic was headed for four days of being parked in a garage.

Unfortunately, I didn't anticipate (for some reason) how small the Sonic was. It's tricky when you drive it because it doesn't feel as small as it is. The Mazda 2, for example, felt small. Maybe it's the lack of rear visibility, but every time I drive the Sonic I feel like it's got a decent sized hatch. It doesn't. It's rated at 19 cubic feet (the sedan offers 14) which is room for exactly what you see there.

One carry-on fits in the back. Sideways. Even then, the hatch cover doesn't close completely. Riswick's bag rode in the back seat. Any sort of checked bag would've required seat folding.

I wasn't expecting this one to carry four people and luggage to the airport, but being limited to one carry-on without using the rear seats is frustrating and would probably make me move up a class in size.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com @ 2,785 miles


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