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Old 09-23-2011, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ 1.4 Turbo First Test - Motor Trend

They were given a chance to do a quick comparison drive to the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta, the two cars that placed first and second in a comparison test of vehicles of this class. Though the Sonic weighs more, it was also faster 0-60 in the turbo 4 which only comes with a manual transmission. The drive included San Francisco to test the engine's power to overcome such big hills. Looks pretty good. Too bad it's a Government Motors car.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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Regardless of whether or not the car wins best-in-class in comparos, the mere fact that it is legitimately competitive tells a lot. The only issue I have with a lot of these cars is the overlapping price points that they are pushing. A Sonic easily sneaks into Cruze territory, which itself creeps into Malibu territory. When you can buy the LT trim of the next larger vehicle and still get similar features and MPG to the LTZ trim of the smaller car, it seems odd to pick the smaller car. GM isn't the only manufacturer doing this, but cars don't seem quite as stratified within their brands as they used to be.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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A Sonic easily sneaks into Cruze territory, which itself creeps into Malibu territory. When you can buy the LT trim of the next larger vehicle and still get similar features and MPG to the LTZ trim of the smaller car, it seems odd to pick the smaller car.

GM isn't the only manufacturer doing this, but cars don't seem quite as stratified within their brands as they used to be.
...Malibu territory, which can also get you a Silverado W/T or an Impala without beating up the salesman too badly. Sonic...Silverado? There's a strange choice to make.

Brands being less stratified- this bothers me to no end. There is no reason a small Chevrolet or Ford should be $24K (Cruze LTZ/Focus Platinum). Chevrolets and Fords are supposed to be automotive penalty boxes...manual windows, half-vinyl seats, 14" steel wheels. It doesn't bother me nearly as much with the imports...$14K Yaris, $70K Land Cruiser. $13K Accent, $60K Equus, but a small Chevrolet has no reason to have leather seats, a sunroof, and 18" aluminum wheels. (That's what Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Buick are/were for.) I wouldn't touch a $24K Cruze, but a $24K Buick Verano? Perhaps, but then again, an Audi A3 isn't much more than that, I don't think.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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14k-19k, meh no thanks.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:37 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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At the lower end of the price range, maybe. They have too much standard equipment, though. I'd rather see the price down in Kia Rio territory (the Sonic basically is a Korean car made in America). The Aveo was the Aveo of cars, but at least the price was right, as long as you stayed away from the LT or the horribly overpriced Pontiac G5.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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At the lower end of the price range, maybe. They have too much standard equipment, though. I'd rather see the price down in Kia Rio territory (the Sonic basically is a Korean car made in America). The Aveo was the Aveo of cars, but at least the price was right, as long as you stayed away from the LT or the horribly overpriced Pontiac G5.
Well, I'd never consider a base Rio... no air conditioning, no go. So that puts the Rio at $15,000.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It is built by the UAW. No thanks.

Ford had the good sense to have it's Fiesta built in Mexico.

This type of car is WAY too important to be sullied by the greedy, corrupt, inept UAW.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:06 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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looks like a nice compact.. Too bad it had drum rear brakes.. For the opposite reason outofocus said.. I would BUY it because its made here.. Way to go GM.
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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And the non press-release review.
Review: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT | The Truth About Cars
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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wow, there is a whole 'nother opinion..
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