2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: The Stroller Test

July 16, 2012

12 chevy sonic cargo strollerI love compact hatchbacks. Love them. If I didn't have two kids still in car seats, I'd buy one right now. Easy to drive. Super easy to park. Lots of usable cargo space when you put down the rear seats. Love it!

But I do have two kids still in car seats, so putting the rear seats down ain't an option these days. And I had our Chevy Sonic last week. Last year, I couldn't fit our big stroller in the Countryman, but nowadays our stroller of choice is an older (and much smaller) Maclaren umbrella stroller. Would it fit?

You can see from the picture above that it did fit. It's touching both sides of the cargo area, but it definitely fits, and I didn't even have to wedge it in there. There was room for a midsize diaper bag and a moderately full Ikea bag. I could have fit a bit more stuff back there, too.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 9,915 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Dog Report

June 25, 2012

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Word of warning: This is what happens when you get too close to my dog Mya. Face full of tongue. As happy as she was to get buckled in the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ long-termer, we didn't take her on a long road trip this weekend but rather just across town to a friend's house for a barbecue party.

Still, there was enough material from the excursion to warrant a dog report.

After doing this in numerous cars, I've learned to really appreciate when the seatbelt fasteners protrude from the seat and when her doggy mat can easily be tucked into the seat. Not to say those are deal breakers if those are missing from a car, it's just nice when they are present.

The Sonic doesn't have any storage (no in-door cubbies or cupholders) in the backseat but since this wasn't a long trip it wasn't a big deal. Just threw her leash in the footwell.

There was the issue of the absence of rear vents to cool down the cutest backseat occupant ever but we just aimed the vents on the dash in her direction and she seemed fine with that (no heavy panting).

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Occasional Use for Under-Floor Storage

June 11, 2012

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The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback has a raised floor to give you a relatively flat, continuous load surface when you fold the rear seats. There's a small storage compartment under the floor, but I rarely used it day to day.

Over the weekend, I finally found a use for it. While cleaning the office, we found some unused all-weather floor mats that we never installed in our departed GTI (they're the VW Monster mats that you often find pre-installed as an accessory in GTIs on dealer lots). Well, a good friend of mine has a 2011 GTI and an obsession with all-weather floor mats.

The mats fit perfectly in the Sonic's hidden storage well, and I was still able load up the Sonic's hatch with groceries and laundry. This was pretty convenient. Obviously, I could have gotten all that in a Honda Fit, but having it all neatly compartmentalized is worth something.

Above photo by Kurt Niebuhr

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Very Accommodating

March 05, 2012

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Subcompacts often leave you sorely underserved when it comes to in-cabin storage opportunities (Mazda 2, I'm talkin' to you). That tiny, city-friendly footprint comes at a price.

That's why it's a pleasant surprise to find that the Sonic is different.

This Chevy features generous door bins for stashing tchotchkes.

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Inadvertent Built-In iPhone Clamp

March 02, 2012

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We've all commented on those oddly-shaped storage slots on each side of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic's center stack. Turns out they're perfectly sized to grab onto an iPhone if the case is squishy enough.

It's like having a built-in hands-free windshield mount, and the map screen sits right in my line of sight. I essentially have traffic and navigation in a car that didn't come with it, and I don't have to dicker with it any more than any factory-installed touch-screen navigation head unit.

As for the phone function of this setup, the Sonic's Bluetooth connection and steering wheel voice commands take care of that. And the Sonic's radio head unit is reasonably adept at controlling the iPod album and song menus, too.

Too bad the USB jack isn't located inside this compartment so the cord isn't an eyesore.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,521 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Cargo Area Parlor Tricks

February 29, 2012

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At first glance, the hatch area at the back of our 2012 Chevrolet Sonic looks fairly standard. 60/40 fold down seat? Check. Rigid tilt-up cargo cover? Check.

But it does have a couple of tricks up its sleeve.

For example, that hole is a grab handle. The floor, you see, is also the lid of a hidden basement storage compartment...

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2012 Chevy Sonic LTZ: One Bag Hatch

February 13, 2012

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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.

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Eight-bagger, at least

February 06, 2012

EightBagger.jpg I didn't fill it to it's its true capacity which seems to be about eight bags of groceries -- and they didn't tumble and spill all over either. Also, there's more volume available beneath the floor.

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 2,610 miles
Update: there, I fix'd it

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Will The Bike Fit?

February 02, 2012

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The Chevy Sonic is small. Bicycles can be unwieldy to fit into small cars.

How does the new Sonic do with my road bike?

Awesome, of course, because the Sonic is a hatchback.

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: iPod Cord

February 01, 2012

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In our last episode alert readers noticed my iPod cord coming out of the glove box of our 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ and defiling the cabin with its noodly whiteness.

It was, in fact, exiting the uppermost of the Sonic's two glove boxes. And while I agree the glove box is not my favorite USB socket location, and the empty center bin below the A/C knobs looks invitingly empty and available, at least Chevy burned the calories required to make this location work as good as possible.

Exhibit A is that small notch that allows the cord to pass freely under the door while it is fully closed.

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