2012 Chevy Sonic LTZ: Reverse Goes Here
May 09, 2012
This is where reverse goes-- next to first-- and I'll hear no debate on the subject.
It's closer. It makes more sense. There's zero chance of trying to get into top gear and finding out you're driving a five-speed and not a 6 (not applicable here, but you get the idea.)
Even without the lockout (which is a pull-up collar just below the knob -- excellent) there's virtually no way to accidentally hit reverse here. You shouldn't be shifting into first that quickly.
I would also accept reverse being dogleg down from first but the point remains: Reverse belongs on the slow side of the shifter.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com @ 8,408 miles
Oh, wait, I didn't mention the stink....
First, I don't think the smell is that bad. It's noticeable, yes, absolutely, and if someone hadn't mentioned fish I'd say it smells like a hamster cage in a biotech lab. It doesn't really bother me, but if it were my car, I'd probably leave these bad boys up for a few weeks when I'm not driving it. They're glove dogs. Just cheap cotton sacks full of cedar chips designed to suck moisture and stink out of my boxing gloves; they should work here.