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2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Pricing Released

General Motors has announced that the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS hatchback, which has a more powerful engine than the base Sonic, will start at $20,995, including destination, when it goes on sale this fall.   The 2013 Sonic RS has a 138-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo engine. That horsepower rating is identical to the base Sonic’s rating, but the Sonic RS produces 23 more pound-feet of torque. General Motors says in a press release that the Sonic RS comes ... continue reading»

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Consumer Reports Rates Three Updated Small Cars Highly

The 2012 Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent receive high ratings in road tests from Consumer Reports because they show “improvements in performance, equipment levels, and comfort.” The organization applauds these three all-new or redesigned affordable small cars because they break the stereotype that subcompact cars are cheap vehicles with uncomfortable rides and poor performance. The 2012 Kia Rio sedan receives the highest scores “thanks to nimble handling and a well-equipped cabin,” Consumer Reports says. Consumer Reports gives the ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Sonic, Consumer Reports

Chevrolet Sonic Earns Five-Star Rating in Government Crash Tests

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic just earned some bragging rights when it comes to safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the affordable small car an overall safety score of five stars, which is the highest rating possible. The Sonic beat one of its closest rivals, the Ford Fiesta, which received an overall score of four out of five stars. The Sonic also earned five stars in front and side crash tests, as well as a slightly lower score of ... continue reading»

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Chevrolet to Offer Sport-tuned Sonic RS Model

Chevrolet will add a performance-oriented RS variant to its Sonic lineup for the 2013 model year. Chevrolet says that its primary goal is to give the Sonic “a more performance-oriented look and feel,” according to the automaker’s press release. The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS, which is only available as a hatchback, will be powered by the same 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine available on the 2012 Sonic, and will be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission ... continue reading»

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2012 Kia Rio Sedan Pricing Released

Kia released the redesigned 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door ahead of the sedan, but the four-door is soon to follow. It will be available in early 2012 and will start at $13,400, according to Kia. That makes the Rio sedan just one more addition to a slew of compact cars, like the Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa and Chevrolet Sonic, that are redesigned or all-new for 2012. In terms of price, the Rio is more expensive than both the Accent and ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Sonic, Affordable Small Cars

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