Chevy Releases The New Subcompact Sonic

April 12th, 2012 by

Chevrolet has released their new subcompact car, the 2012 Sonic, and we here at your Fairfield Chevrolet Dealership could not be more excited.  The Sonic will replace the Aveo as Chevy’s go to guy in the small car game.  The Aveo was a good option for people who were on a budget, as its initial cost was low and its miles per gallon were high, but many people were left wanting a little more; a little more power, a little more style, and really, just a little more car.

The Sonic has the guts that many subcompact cars lack.  Now, for those who don’t keep up with the admittedly eclectic world of car class-size terminology, here’s a quick breakdown of what separates the small cars from the really small cars:

Compact: Smaller than a mid-sized car, about 165-175 inches, between 99 and 109 cubic feet of interior volume.

Subcompact: Smaller than compact, not exceeding 165 inches, between 85 and 99 cubic feet of interior volume.

Once you know how small the subcompact cars really are, it’s easy to see how they could be lacking in power.  With the Sonic LTZ, Chevy went out of their way to ensure that their newest model didn’t get left in the dust.  The Sonic comes with an ECOTEC Turbo 1.4-liter gasoline engine.  This engine is capable of dishing out 138 horsepower and 148 foot-pounds of torque, which is more than respectable for its class.  Additionally, it improves on the fuel economy of many subcompacts, getting 27 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

Overall, the Sonic is nice step in the right direction for Chevy.  Their previous attempts left something to be desired but the Sonic is coming strong out of the gate with a good mix of style, power and price.