2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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Great Car

by 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...
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 for you phone. The sonic has alot of pep to it, i do suggest getting the 1.4L turbo just adds that little bit more of the get up and go to it.
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic

by from Flint, MI on March 21, 2012

Loving the Sonic....solid car, economical, cute...everything I need in a car for good transportation.
Loving the Sonic....solid car, economical, cute...everything I need in a car for good transportation.
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eletrical issues

by from Jordan, MN on July 5, 2012

i like this car if they could just fit eletrical issues! (warning lights, everything on tne dash shuts off & a/c quits) i also like the exterior styling but the taillights just seem alittle odd (4 doo...
i like this car if they could just fit eletrical issues! (warning lights, everything on tne dash shuts off & a/c quits) i also like the exterior styling but the taillights just seem alittle odd (4 door)
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JUNK, do not buy!

by from on February 14, 2017

Purchased brand new with 6 miles on it. First 20k miles water pump went out, then electrical system had a short. 30K miles they pulled the transmission and had to redo all the seals, it still isn't ...
Purchased brand new with 6 miles on it. First 20k miles water pump went out, then electrical system had a short. 30K miles they pulled the transmission and had to redo all the seals, it still isn't right. The "chrome" on the inside has all chipped off. The poorly designed charger in the center shorts out all the time and fuse has to be replaced. Transmission shutters, had an oil leak, so they fixed that. It now has only 70K miles on it, and the steering wheel makes a loud squeel everytime the wheel is turned, sounds like its coming from the rack and pinion steering (another not so great idea from GM). and the A arm bushings are shot. And the struts squeek when the car bounces. A horrible experience with purchasing my very first new car.
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Fun, Fun, Fun

by from Waynesboro, VA on July 17, 2012

I purchased my manual trans. LTZ hatchback in March. I put 700 miles on it every week. Love the fuel econ. It is fun to drive,but I regret not getting the Turbo. It doesn't get up to spead on the high...
I purchased my manual trans. LTZ hatchback in March. I put 700 miles on it every week. Love the fuel econ. It is fun to drive,but I regret not getting the Turbo. It doesn't get up to spead on the highway as the automatic trans. did with the same size engine. Also, the clutch has a loud clicking noise. The service dept. was quick to order new one. Unfortunately, all 3 pedals had to be replaced (kit) and the steering column had to be removed to replace them. After all that the new pedal does the exact same thing! Don't bother to get it replaced. It does'nt effect the clutch, it's just annoying. Interior: The front seats are quit narrow, may not be comfortable to some. The finish on the dashboard equipment is already wearing off and scratches easily when wiping clean. If I had not over paid for this vehicle by several thousands, These things probably wouldn't bother me. Still , I would recommend at the right price.
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Love this car

by from Thumb of Michigan on April 8, 2013

I recently was given a 2012 Chevy Sonic as a gift from my husband. It was sitting on the showroom floor and I fell in love as soon as I saw it. It is comfortable, the turbo is so quick for passing, an...
I recently was given a 2012 Chevy Sonic as a gift from my husband. It was sitting on the showroom floor and I fell in love as soon as I saw it. It is comfortable, the turbo is so quick for passing, and it has all the bells and whistles. It is the nicest car I have ever owned and I love it. Averages 34 miles to the gal, I thought it would get a little better, but everything else is so nice I wouldn't trade it. I got the midnight black metallic color and have had many people tell how classy the color is. It is bigger on the inside than what it looks like, too.
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Affordable yet Peppy

by from Cincinnati, OH on August 2, 2012

I picked an LT Coupe with manual turbo transmission. It has great pick-up when I get on the highway and the gas mileage is awesome! There is plenty of legroom when I have passengers (front & back seat...
I picked an LT Coupe with manual turbo transmission. It has great pick-up when I get on the highway and the gas mileage is awesome! There is plenty of legroom when I have passengers (front & back seats) plus the storage in the back is great. This car has lots of extras at a great price! I enjoy driving the Sonic and think it was a great choice for me!
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LOVE IT

by from on November 18, 2012

I love my little sonic, its the base model but its so fun to drive and comfortable....Definitly recommend :)
I love my little sonic, its the base model but its so fun to drive and comfortable....Definitly recommend :)
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Great car for the money

by from Crossville, Tennessee on September 1, 2012

We looked at a couple of import type cars, 4 doors and turbos. Couldn't find the exact car we wanted in stock anywhere in the country, so started looking elsewhere. My wife looked at several cars on l...
We looked at a couple of import type cars, 4 doors and turbos. Couldn't find the exact car we wanted in stock anywhere in the country, so started looking elsewhere. My wife looked at several cars on line and she decided she liked the Chevrolet Sonic LTZ. The next problem was she wanted a manual transmission and we wanted the turbo. so our dealer had to do a dealer search and found ours about 175 miles away and went and got it. The car has been surprisingly nice to drive in town and on a 250 mile one way trip. wWe've got about 2500 miles on the Sonic now and average about 33-34 miles per gallon, in town or on the interstate. The 1.4 turbo seems a little short of power on steep hills. Also with the 6 speed manual transmission, the 6th gear is mostly for interstate driving, not around town. we live in Tennessee, so lots of hills. Overall, great little car and we are both in our 60's , and trade every 11/2 -2 years and have had lots of new cars over the years, this car is great.
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Fuel efficient, quiet, tight package

by from Parker, CO on August 6, 2012

I've had a LTZ with turbo and manual tranny for a week now as my new commuter. I just filled my tank for the first time and it's averaging 47 MPG (9.6 gallons in 460 miles), which is far better than I...
I've had a LTZ with turbo and manual tranny for a week now as my new commuter. I just filled my tank for the first time and it's averaging 47 MPG (9.6 gallons in 460 miles), which is far better than I had expected or what it's rated for. It has adequate power - nothing great, but not bad, either - probably more than one would expect from a car in this class. Interior-wise, it has ample legroom, the bluetooth works really really well, and the handsfree sounds like I'm using an earbud. It handles nicely, is very quiet and isn't too spongy or taut a suspension. Cons: It does look a bit like an angry kitchen appliance. It doesn't just use the address book on your iPhone, rather, you have to put in voice tags. The passenger seat should have an armrest. A lot of gears to shift through with a really, really tall 6th gear and a too low 1st gear. It'd be nice if US manufacturers would adapt small, efficient diesel options so we could have more torque. Also, better options for mounting "toys" like hardpoints on the roof for a roofrack that doesn't touch the finish. I ended up with a trailer hitch to carry my mountain bike on a hitch-mounted rack. Overall though, this gets 5 stars. Chevy did well designing a nice, little car that performs very well.
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