Reverse Goes Here - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevy Sonic LTZ: Reverse Goes Here

May 09, 2012

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This is where reverse goes-- next to first-- and I'll hear no debate on the subject.
It's closer. It makes more sense. There's zero chance of trying to get into top gear and finding out you're driving a five-speed and not a 6 (not applicable here, but you get the idea.)

Even without the lockout (which is a pull-up collar just below the knob -- excellent) there's virtually no way to accidentally hit reverse here. You shouldn't be shifting into first that quickly.

I would also accept reverse being dogleg down from first but the point remains: Reverse belongs on the slow side of the shifter.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com @ 8,408 miles

Oh, wait, I didn't mention the stink....


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First, I don't think the smell is that bad. It's noticeable, yes, absolutely, and if someone hadn't mentioned fish I'd say it smells like a hamster cage in a biotech lab. It doesn't really bother me, but if it were my car, I'd probably leave these bad boys up for a few weeks when I'm not driving it. They're glove dogs. Just cheap cotton sacks full of cedar chips designed to suck moisture and stink out of my boxing gloves; they should work here.


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