2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ First Drive Specs | Edmunds

2012 Chevrolet Sonic - Road Test Specs

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

(1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Year Make Model2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ 4dr Hatchback (1.4L Turbo 4cyl 6M)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger 4dr Hatchback
Estimated MSRP$17,995 ($18,890 as tested)
Assembly locationOrion Township, MI


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,364/83.2
Block/head materialCast iron/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)138 @ 4,900
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)148 @ 2,500
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission ratios (x:1)1st = 3.82; 2nd = 2.05; 3rd = 1.30; 4th = 0.96; 5th = 0.74; 6th = 0.61
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.65


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.1
Tire make and modelHankook Ventus V4 ES H105
Tire typeAll-season, high-performance
Tire size205/50RZ17 (93W)
Wheel size17-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front10.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear9-inch drums

Track Test Results

0-60 mph, mfr. claim (sec.)8.2
1/4-mile, mfr. claim (sec. @ mph)16.0 @ 85.0 (IL's estimate)

Fuel Consumption

Fuel economy, mfr. est. (mpg)29 city/40 highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)12.2

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM/SiriusXM stereo with USB port, CD player, MP3 playback, auxiliary input jack and Bluetooth audio streaming, with six-speaker sound system
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioStandard SiriusXM (3 months free trial)
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not Available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot Available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard phone and audio streaming
Navigation systemNot available
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard (6 months free trial)
Smart entry/StartNot Available
Parking aidsNot Available
Blind-spot detectionNot Available
Adaptive cruise controlNot Available
Lane-departure monitoringNot Available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot Available
Night VisionNot Available
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,743
Length (in.)159
Width (in.)68.3
Height (in.)59.7
Wheelbase (in.)99.4
Track, front (in.)59.4
Track, rear (in.)59.4
Turning circle (ft.)36.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.8
Legroom, rear (in.)34.6
Headroom, front (in.)38.7
Headroom, rear (in.)38.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.4
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)19
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)30.7


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available

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