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MSRP: $13,865 - $18,625 Find it Used
Bodystyles: Sedan, Hatchback
Classes: Subcompact
Engines: 1.8l 4-cyl. (138hp)
1.4l I4 turbo (138hp)
EPA Mileage:
25 - 29 (City)
35 - 40 (Highway)
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The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, particularly the five-door hatch, has an urban vibe, which Chevy PR folks were eager to point out by unveiling the Sonic in an underground garage in San Francisco amidst a background of pseudo-slummy graffiti, spray-painted by an artist flown in (we won't say "imported") from Detroit. Sharp creases, exposed headlamps and motorcycle-inspired design cues set the Sonic apart from others in the segment, while good fit and finish and standard forged alloy wheels, even on the base model, keep it from looking cheap.

Powering the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic sedan and hatch is either a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine or a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, both which make 138 horsepower. Transmission choices for the standard 1.8-liter engine are a 6-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual; the 1.4-liter turbo is available with a 6-speed manual or an automatic, the latter on late-production 2012 models.

Those who drive hilly terrain need not fear, as Sonic comes standard with a hill-hold feature on both transmissions (especially welcome on the manual gearbox). When the driver is stopped and releases the brake pedal, the brakes electronically hold the car in place for two seconds, thanks to a sensor that detects the tilt of the body when the car is stopped on a slope.


The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is available in 2 versions:
Sedan and Hatchback.

The JB car pages provide engine and transmission specs, as well as gas mileage and dimensions for all of these versions. In addition, please find information on the various versions and trims of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic and prices below.


The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan is available in 6 trim levels:

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan 1LS$13,865
Chevrolet Sonic Sedan 2LS$14,935
Chevrolet Sonic Sedan 1LT$15,065
Chevrolet Sonic Sedan 2LT$16,135
Chevrolet Sonic Sedan LTZ (1LZ)$16,665
Chevrolet Sonic Sedan LTZ (2LZ)$17,925
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The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback is available in 6 trim levels:

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback 1LS$14,765
Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback 2LS$15,835
Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback 1LT$15,865
Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback 2LT$16,935
Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LTZ (1LZ)$17,365
Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LTZ (2LZ)$18,625
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