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in 2012 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,267 - $13,816
Original MSRP: $13,865 - $18,625
MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Interior

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So far, the Chevrolet Sonic’s interior is typical of its class. Reviewers say quality is good, seats are comfortable and trunk space is decent, but few say the Sonic’s interior outshines the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta. One thing reviewers do like, however, is the Sonic’s logical interior controls because these days, interior tech is becoming pretty complicated, even on small cars.

  • "The interiors are all fun and practical, the new Sonic having an edge over the Ford and the Honda." -- Road and Track

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Seating

Surprisingly, test drivers have said little about driver and front passenger comfort, but they have critiqued the rear seats quite a bit, and their opinions range from lukewarm to good. They say the cabin is relatively easily to enter and exit. One reviewer even states that the rear seats are comfortable and large enough to seat 6-foot tall passengers.

The Chevrolet Sonic doesn’t have optional leather seats, but it does come with vinyl ones on LTZ trims. The only bit of leather you’ll encounter in the Sonic is on the steering wheel in these trims.

  • "The hatch also has slightly better rear-seat headroom." -- Car and Driver
  • "Interior packing is thoughtful, and ingress/egress is about what you’d expect from a car of this size." -- Road and Track
  • "Also notable is the roominess of the rear seats; they're large enough to comfortably fit a pair of six-footers." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic comes with air conditioning, AM/FM stereo, auxiliary input jack, a six-month subscription to OnStar, remote keyless entry and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. These amenities are good for the class, but compared with the Kia Forte, the Sonic lacks standard Bluetooth and a USB port.

While Bluetooth and a USB port aren’t standard, they are optional, starting with the LT trim, and are standard on the LTZ trim. A sunroof is optional on the LTZ trim, and steering wheel-mounted controls are optional on the LT trim and standard on the LTZ.

  • "Inside, it has rear seats that fold nearly flat, a funky gauge cluster (also said to be motorcycle-inspired but actually closer to Sega-inspired), and options that were once reserved for more-upmarket cars, like heated front seats, a remote-start system, XM satellite radio, the MyChevrolet mobile application, and a USB/Bluetooth hookup." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

With a hatchback like the Honda Fit, which has a versatile Magic Seat, on the market, it’s hard for the Chevrolet Sonic to dominate the class in terms of how much stuff it can hold. The Fit, for example, holds up to 57.3 cubic feet with the back row folded, while the Sonic can only hold 30.7 under the same circumstances. That’s a 26.6 cubic-foot difference. The New York Times, however, makes an interesting point. With the rear seats in use, the Sonic hatchback can almost match the Fit’s 20.6 cubic feet.

The Chevrolet Sonic sedan has a maximum cargo capacity of 14 cubic feet, which is a good amount for the class. The Honda Civic sedan, for example, has 12.5 cubic feet of space, and the Chevrolet Cruze has 15.4.

  • "In fact, it's clear that The General had its sights locked on the Fiesta from the get go. The Sonic hatchback packs more back seat room than its Blue Oval competitor and, with the rear bench folded flat, delivers more cargo room, as well." -- Autoblog
  • "It is longer and wider than the current Aveo and has almost as much cargo space behind the rear seats as the Honda Fit, which makes it more competitive in the segment." -- The New York Times
  • "Plus there are plenty of handy storage cubbies." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Cargo volume is respectable but not segment-leading, with the sedan offering 14 cubic feet and the hatchback 19." -- AutoWeek
  • "The cargo area in the five-door, although not as spacious or ingenious as the Honda Fit’s, has a removable false floor that creates a level surface when the seats are folded." -- Car and Driver

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