2012 Chevy Sonic LTZ: It's a Six-Speed
April 23, 2012
Every time I go to drive our 2012 Chevy Sonic on the highway I forget, for at least 40% of my drive, that it's a six speed. I hop onto the highway, plunk it in fifth and continue with the flow of traffic.
The reasons for this are twofold: 1) I still think small cars always have a five speed. 2) At 70 MPH the Sonic cruises at 2,500 rpm in fifth. 2,500! That's nothing for a small car on the highway. Remember that Acura Integra Type R we tested? It spun 3,800 RPM at 70. That's the kind of highway revs most of us are used to in small, small displacement cars. When the Sonic is driven properly and put into sixth it spins a lazy 2,050 rpm at 70. Barely trying at all.
Thankfully I've only driven the Sonic on the highway a short distance. It shouldn't really have an impact on our overall fuel economy.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com