Since its introduction in late 2011, the Chevrolet Sonic has been making a name for itself as a small car with big attitude. For 2013, an all-new Sonic RS five-door hatchback model joins the Sonic family.
Sonic family at a glance
An American-built subcompact, the Chevrolet Sonic (starting MSRP: $14,185) is offered in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback in LS, LT, LTZ and RS models (five-door hatchback only). Each body style delivers rear-seat roominess and cargo space.
The Sonic sedan and hatchback feature a wide stance, fender flares and round headlamps blended with Chevrolet’s global design cues such as a dual-element grille and round tail lamps.
For 2013, LT and LTZ sedans add a new rear decklid spoiler – it’s included in an available 16-inch wheel and fog lamp package on LT and standard on LTZ.
Other details include chrome grille surrounds and matte black honeycomb grille inserts on all models. Additionally, a range of wheel sizes including 17-inch alloy wheels is available.
Sonic colors include Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Cyber Gray Metallic, Victory Red and Blue Topaz Metallic. Crystal Red Tintcoat, Inferno Orange Metallic and a new premium exterior color, Black Granite Metallic, are available for an additional charge.
Depending on the trim level ordered, Sonic offers two varieties each of cloth and leather seating surfaces. Interior colors and combinations include Jet Black/Dark Titanium; Jet Black/Brick; Dark Pewter / Dark Titanium and Jet Black (RS).
The interior is functional with storage compartments in the center stack and doors. Additionally, the rear seats fold nearly flat and front bucket seats are standard.
Chevrolet Sonic models are powered by efficient engines, including the standard Ecotec 1.8L and the available Ecotec 1.4L turbo (standard on RS).
The Ecotec 1.8L engine provides 138 horsepower and 125 foot-pounds of torque, while the Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine offers the same 138 horsepower and 148 foot-pounds of torque.
Fuel economy ratings are impressive. The 1.4L turbo engine — when paired with a manual transmission—boasts fuel ratings of 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. With an automatic transmission, the fuel economy ratings for the 1.4L turbo are 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
Additionally, fuel economy ratings for the Ecotec 1.8L are 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission and 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with an automatic transmission.
The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic is manufactured in Orion Township, Mich. To learn more about the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic, visit your local Southeast Texas Chevrolet dealer or www.chevrolet.com .