2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Highway Ride
April 23, 2012
As I've said several times, I like our long-term Sonic. It's a great little city car with a decent amount of aggressive styling. But on the highway?
I realized the other morning that I hadn't driven the Sonic on the freeways here. In L.A. we have rain grooves carved into the pavement and that causes the Sonic's rearend to shimmy a little at highway speeds. Motorcycles do the same thing, but you get used to it. After a few times on a bike, you don't even feel it any more.
But not with the Sonic. It feels unsettled and does little to instill confidence. A lot of this, I think, has to do with the tires. Once you're out of the metropolitan areas, though, the rain grooves go away. Likewise, so does the shimmy.
Other than on these specific road surfaces, the Sonic is a perfectly decent long-distance car if you're on a budget.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @6,700 miles