52 reviews
2012 Chevrolet Sonic
2012 Chevrolet Sonic
Available Price Range $5,249-$11,581 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 30 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Our Take

With its new Sonic, Chevrolet now has a more compelling contender in the subcompact segment. The Sonic replaces the Aveo and will compete with the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. Like the Fiesta and Versa, the Sonic is available in sedan and hatchback body styles. The Sonic is a big cha... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Less rear headroom in sedan than in hatchback
  • Most models rated below 40 mpg
  • Pricey for a subcompact

Notable Features

  • New for 2012
  • Replaces Aveo
  • Fresh four-cylinder engines from Cruze
  • 1.8-liter or turbo 1.4-liter
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Six-speed automatic transmission


Our Expert Reviews

The 2012 Sonic is a brand-new subcompact from Chevrolet, and it mostly hits the nail on the head. It's small but doesn't look too cute, and it's actually a kick to drive. Yes, it's a subcompact, but it drives like it has a spring in its step. With a feisty four-cylinder engine, this is no Point A to Point B drone. The Sonic comes as a sedan or hatchback. My test hatchback ... Read full review for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

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Consumer Reviews


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Great Car

by Small Car Dude from Erie PA on June 18, 2012

I just got the car and I have really no complaints about it at all the outside of the car is beautiful. Inside has nice spacious interior. Has plenty of features usb, 2 aux plugs, xm radio, blue tooth... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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