2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Does the Car Still Stink, Test 3
May 14, 2012
One of many things I love about Edmunds is that people here are generous with their expertise. My colleague Jim Chong brought me a special smell-killing product that he felt sure would work in the Sonic.
Jim told me that this unit, Hippo the Odorbuster, is sold in Korean grocery stores to eliminate refrigerator odors caused by such foods as kimchi and fish. "I've used it in my refrigerator for years and it's great. Arm & Hammer has nothing on this," he said.
The product is a two-part, vented plastic unit, with activated charcoal on one side and a deodorizing ingredient suspended in a gel on the other. I removed the outer and inner plastic seals and put it to work in the Sonic, using the car's handy deodorizer caddy/cup holder.
Before we get to the test results, let's talk about Hippo for a moment. How cute is she, with her apron, slippers and polka-dot ear ribbon? Apparently, hippos are very big in Korean advertising.
After I thanked Jim for leaving Hippo on my desk, he did note that the deodorizer is designed for the interior of a refrigerator. "I should have brought two or three," he said. I told him that since the Sonic's interior volume was roughly that of a Fridigaire, one Hippo unit should work out fine. (Kidding, Chevy. Just kidding.)
As it turned out, I don't think a heap of Hippos would have made any difference. The Sonic's smell persists, and worsens in hot weather.
I'm moving Hippo the Odorbuster to my fridge. And I'm stocking up on kimchi.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @8,579 miles