At 8.8 seconds to 60 mph the Sonic is genuinely quick for this segment. More importantly, it feels adequate around town with better low-rpm engine response than any of its competition.
Producing 0.82g on the skid pad and a 66.1-mph slalom speed, the Sonic's handling numbers are very good. Couple good manners with good steering feel and body control and this is among the best handling subcompacts made.
Chevy favors driving feel and response over comfort in the Sonic, but that doesn't mean it makes a significant comfort sacrifice. There's a good balance here.
The Sonic's engine manages to avoid the high-rpm buzz that accompanies most cars in this class. Otherwise, it seals out unpleasant noise as well as its competition.
Smart center stack design is intuitive and has simple three-knob HVAC controls. Audio and iPod interface are intuitive and the seats are both comfortable and supportive.
An upright seating position combined with ample greenhouse space makes front, rear and quarter visibility quite good.
Seat Access & Space
Big enough to handle real adults both front and rear. Enjoys a width advantage over most competitors. Most importantly, the Sonic doesn't feel like a tiny car no matter where you sit.
Cargo & Storage
Ample small-item storage and good use of door pockets up front. Vertical trays flank the center stack and there are two gloveboxes. There's under-floor storage and a spare tire in the hatch.
Higher quality than we've ever witnessed in any small car from GM. Feels tight, No squeaks or rattles.