2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: iPod Cord
February 01, 2012
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.
Exhibit B is the matching trough within that allows the cord to line up with the notch automatically -- there's no need to hold it in place with your free hand while you close the lid.
Exhibit C is the little shelf (with non-skid and a hefty lip) that gives one a handy place to store the iPod or iPhone and its cord inside away from prying eyes.
Exhibit D is the fact that all of this is in a second upper glove box that a phone could have all to itself if desired, not the lower main one.
Exhibit E is the fact that this is no German glove box iPod dock wih a stubby 6-inch cord or physical dock that makes it impossible to fully sync your iPod and still keep the device within easy reach in case you need to, say, use it to stand in for the navigation system the Sonic lacks.
You've got to admit GM has done a very good job at this location. But I agree that the cord is an eyesore and the USB dock might work better somewhere else. I'm just not sure the bin below the HVAC knobs is big enough to keep a coiled-up cord out of sight and out of the way. It certainly lacks security.
Too bad Apple doesn't make black iPod cords.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,401 miles