2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Moto Influence
January 26, 2012
This morning, I gave you all my two cents on the Sonic's exterior styling. Now, let's head inside.
The first thing that grabbed me was the instrument panel. Just by the mere fact that it reminds me of a sportbike is enough to win me over. Note the similarities to my soon-to-be-acquired Yamaha R1. Both have a big tach with a digital display off to the side and inset. Cool.
But function should never be forsaken, either. The Sonic's instrument panel is incredibly legible in a variety of lighting conditions. The deep hood surrounding the digital readout effectively cuts oblique glare and the giant speedometer can be read in a quick glance.
On the downside, though, the rest of the interior is made up of hard plastics. The only soft touch points are on the fold-down front-seat armrests. The door armrest is particularly uncomfortable, with a corner on it that seems needlessly sharp. To its credit, these plastics at least appear soft, but if I had to drive the Sonic long-distance, I'd probably bring an elbow pad.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor