Used Hatchback - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ in Southfield, Mi

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    About This 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ
    Vehicle Location:
    Southfield, Mi
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    Four Door
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    Fuel Economy Estimates
    City MPG
    Fuel Efficient Vehicle 30+ MPG
    Highway MPG
    Combined MPG: 30 - Efficient 30+ MPG
    Estimated Monthly Fuel Cost: $78.75*
    *Based on $1.89 per gallon and 15k miles per year.
    Actual costs may vary.
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    Located at Motor City Mini in Southfield, Mi.  Call Motor City Mini today at 248-204-4600 for more information about this vehicle.

    Vehicle Options:

    • Bluetooth For Phone
    • Personal Cell Phone Connectivity To Vehicle Audio System And Hmi (human Machine Interface)
    • Roof Antenna
    • Audio System Feature
    • Usb Port
    • Audio System
    • Am/fm Stereo With Usb Port
    • Cd Player And Mp3 Playback/wma Seek-and-scan
    • Digital Clock
    • Dsp
    • Auxiliary Input Jack
    • Bluetooth Audio Streaming And Digit Dial
    • Audio System Feature
    • Auxiliary Input Jack
    • Audio System Feature
    • Premium 6-speaker System
    • Headlamp Control
    • Automatic On And Off
    • Headlamps
    • Halogen Composite
    • Lift Handle And Release Lever
    • Rear
    • Chrome
    • Spoiler
    • Rear
    • Roof-mounted
    • Large
    • Body-color
    • Tires
    • P205/50r17 All-season
    • Blackwall
    • Glass
    • Solar Absorbing
    • Tinted
    • Wiper
    • Rear Intermittent With Washer
    • Tire
    • Compact Spare
    • Wipers
    • Front Intermittent
    • Variable
    • Wheels
    • 17 (43.2 Cm) Painted Aluminum
    • Moldings
    • Chrome Belt-line
    • Mirrors
    • Outside Heated Power-adjustable
    • Body-color
    • Manual-folding
    • Fog Lamps
    • Front
    • Door Handles
    • Body-color With Chrome Strip
    • Lighting
    • Interior Overhead Courtesy
    • Rear And Dual Front Reading Lamps
    • Map Pocket
    • Front Passenger Seatback
    • Assist Handles
    • Driver
    • Front Passenger And Rear Outboard
    • Cup Holders
    • 2 Front And 1 Rear
    • Seat Adjuster
    • Driver 4-way Manual
    • Keys
    • Ignition
    • Foldable
    • 2
    • Power Outlet
    • Auxiliary
    • Front Center Console
    • Visors
    • Driver And Front Passenger Vanity Mirrors
    • Covered
    • Seat Trim
    • Perforated Leatherette Seating Surfaces
    • Oil Life Monitoring System
    • Instrumentation
    • With Analog Tachometer; Digital Speedometer
    • Odometer
    • Trip Odometer And Fuel Gauge
    • Cruise Control
    • Electronic With Set And Resume Speed
    • Windows
    • Power With Driver Express-up And Down With Anti-pinch Feature
    • Temperature Sensor
    • Outside
    • Floor Mats
    • Carpeted Front And Rear
    • Steering Wheel
    • Leather-wrapped
    • Lighting
    • Interior
    • Trunk/cargo Area
    • Seats
    • Front Bucket With Recline And Height-adjustable Headrests
    • Cabin Air Filter
    • Pollutant
    • Seat
    • Rear Bench 60/40 Split-folding With Outboard Height-adjustable Headrests
    • Theft-deterrent System
    • Content Theft Alarm
    • Defogger
    • Rear-window Electric
    • Seat Adjuster
    • Front Passenger 2-way Manual
    • Cargo Shade
    • Rear
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    • Mounted Audio And Phone Interface Controls
    • Door Locks
    • Power
    • Air Conditioning
    • Single-zone Manual
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Theft-deterrent System
    • Mirror
    • Inside Rearview Manual Day/night
    • Driver Information Center With Trip Odometer
    • Fuel Range
    • Average Fuel Economy
    • Average Vehicle Speed
    • Tire Pressure And Oil Life Remaining
    • Seats
    • Heated Driver And Front Passenger
    • Bottle Holders
    • 2
    • On Driver And Front Passenger Doors
    • Armrest
    • Driver Seat
    • Remote Vehicle Starter System
    • Steering Column
    • Tilt And Telescoping
    • Mechanical Jack With Tools
    • Steering
    • Power
    • Electric Power Steering (eps)
    • Axle
    • 3.47 Ratio
    • Transmission
    • Automatic
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Engine
    • Ecotec 1.8l Variable Valve Timing Dohc 4-cylinder Sequential Mfi Estimated (138 Hp [103 Kw] @ 6300 Rpm
    • 125 Lb-ft Of Torque [168.8 N-m] @ 3800 Rpm)
    • Battery
    • 438 Cold-cranking Amps
    • Brakes
    • 4-wheel Antilock
    • Transmission
    • 6-speed Automatic
    • Exhaust
    • Stainless-steel
    • Heavy-duty
    • Suspension
    • Touring
    • Alternator
    • 100 Amps
    • Stabilitrak
    • Stability Control System
    • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
    • Air Bags
    • 10 Total (always Use Safety Belts And Child Restraints. Children Are Safer When Properly Secured In A Rear Seat In The Appropriate Child Restraint. See The Owners Manual For More Information.)
    • Air Bags
    • Thorax Side-impact Seat-mounted
    • Side-front And Rear Outboard Seating Positions (always Use Safety Belts And Child Restraints. Children Are Safer When Properly Secured In A Rear Seat In The Appropriate Child Restraint. See The Owners Manual For More Information.)
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
    • Door Locks
    • Rear Child Security
    • Power
    • Safety Belts
    • 3-point
    • All Seating Positions
    • Rear
    • Onstar
    • 6 Months Of Directions And Connections Plan Includes Automatic Crash Response
    • Emergency Services
    • Crisis Assist
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance Including Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
    • Remote Door Unlock (requires Power Locks)
    • Navigation
    • Onstar Vehicle Diagnostics
    • Roadside Assistance
    • And Hands Free Calling. (visit Onstar.com For Details And System Limitations.)
    • Traction Control
    • Safety Belts
    • 3-point
    • Driver And Right-front Passenger
    • Height-adjustable Includes Pretensioners And Load Limiters
    • Brake Assist
    • Hill Hold Feature
    • Latch System (lower Anchors And Top Tethers For Children)
    • For Child Safety Seats
    • Automatic Crash Response
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
    • Air Bags
    • Knee
    • Driver And Front Passenger (always Use Safety Belts And Child Restraints. Children Are Safer When Properly Secured In A Rear Seat In The Appropriate Child Restraint. See The Owners Manual For More Information.)
    • Brakes
    • Front Disc/rear Drum
    • Onstar Vehicle Diagnostics
    • Air Bags
    • Dual-stage
    • Frontal
    • Driver And Right-front Passenger Includes Passenger Sensing System (always Use Safety Belts And Child Restraints. Children Are Safer When Properly Secured In A Rear Seat In The Appropriate Child Restraint. See The Owners Manual For More Information.)
    • Air Bags
    • Head Curtain
    • Side-front And Rear Outboard Seating Positions (always Use Safety Belts And Child Restraints. Children Are Safer When Properly Secured In A Rear Seat In The Appropriate Child Restraint. See The Owners Manual For More Information.)

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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic Review

    This car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale.
    2012 Chevrolet Sonic
    New subcompact is sporty yet sensible.


    The Chevy Aveo is dead. But don't shed any tears. The subcompact perhaps best known by frequenters of rental-car lots has been supplanted by the sharper, nimbler Chevrolet Sonic sedan and hatchback. Built on a new General Motors global platform, the new Sonic wields universal underpinnings wrapped in a package that's decidedly American. We found the Sonic a nicely designed subcompact with spritely driving dynamics.


    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 comes standard with 10 airbags, including seat-mounted thorax side-impact, head curtain and knee airbags. Other nice touches not often found standard on a sub-$15K car include a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and 60/40 folding rear seats. The Sonic tops out at about $19,500, which will get you extras like a sunroof, heated seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.


    We found the handling of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vastly improved over the Aveo, thanks to increased body stiffness and strength. Corvette engineers helped to tune the MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension for the U.S. market to strike a balance between fun and comfortable. The Sonic is also quieter than its predecessor. Surprisingly, Chevy engineers say the Sonic's rigidity and cabin quietness are aided by its alloy wheels (which come standard), as opposed to the steel wheels most often found on base subcompacts. However, the Sonic uses front disc brakes and rear drums, the latter the norm for the class because they are less expensive than rear discs.


    We think the Chevrolet Sonic has an edge over the Toyota Yaris and the Honda Fit when it comes to sporty driving, although we think the Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 offer good driving dynamics and respectable quality at similar prices. Although it was penned in Korea, the Sonic is built at GM's Lake Orion, Michigan, plant, which we think makes the Sonic the only subcompact built in the U.S.


    The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is available as either a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. The 138-hp 1.8-liter engine comes standard on all models. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, an automatic transmission is optional. The 1.4-liter turbocharged engine is available for LT and LTZ models along with a 6-speed manual transmission.


    The Sonic LS sedan ($14,495) and Sonic LS hatchback ($15,395) come with cloth upholstery, manually adjustable seats, trip computer, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, 60/40 split folding rear seat, OnStar telematics service and a four-speaker, AM/FM stereo system with auxiliary jack, a roof spoiler, front floor mats, remote keyless entry, power door locks, 15-inch forged alloy wheels. All hatchback models come standard with rear washer and wiper.


    Sonic LT sedan ($15,695) and Sonic LT hatchback ($16,495) add upgraded cloth upholstery, heated outside power mirrors, power windows, rear floor mats, and a six-speaker premium sound system with CD player and satellite radio capability. Options include a connectivity package with USB, Bluetooth connectivity and cruise control ($525), and 16-inch wheels with fog lamps ($295).


    Sonic LTZ sedan ($17,295) and LTZ hatchback ($17,995) upgrade with leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, wheel-mounted audio controls, a connectivity package with USB port and Bluetooth phone and music connectivity, fog lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Select features that come standard on the LTX are available on lower trim levels.


    Safety features on all models include antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and panic brake assist; electronic stability control and traction control, hill-hold feature, and 10 airbags: front driver and passenger, seat mounted thorax side-impact, head curtain, rear side-impact and knee airbags.


    Although it's made in America, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic was sketched and modeled in Korea by designers who are avid motorcycle enthusiasts. As such, the Sonic contains many design cues borrowed from two wheelers.


    The five-door hatchback model has a younger, more aggressive, boxy shape with hidden rear door handles and exposed rear tail lights. The four-door sedan's profile, meanwhile, is sleeker and more refined.


    On both body styles, the Sonic uses round, exposed headlamps, chrome trim around Chevy's trademark dual-port grille and honeycomb-shaped grille inserts. Alloy wheels, available in 15, 16 or 17-inch, look far more sophisticated than the plastic wheel covers or steel wheels found on some cars in this segment.


    Large gaps between body panels were one tell-tale sign of cheap cars of the past. But the Chevrolet Sonic manages to pare down body gaps to 3.5 millimeters or less. Also, a special welding technique was used to make for a cleaner, more flush fit.


    The cabin of the Chevrolet Sonic carries over the motorcycle-inspired design with a large, round tachometer front and center. A large LCD speedometer to the right of the tach glows a pleasant blue color and is easy to read.


    Audio and climate controls are simple, logical and easy to read and reach. The tall, narrow slots on either side of the center stack add extra storage, but they look out of place.


    The cloth seats are comfortable and are easily adjustable. We especially like the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, which is often tough to get as standard equipment on more luxurious cars. Dash and trim materials (mostly plastics) are attractive and the colors and textures are well-executed.


    In the rear, there is enough headroom and legroom, even for taller passengers.


    Cargo space tops out at an average 14 cubic-feet for the sedan and a decent 19 cubic feet for the hatchback. A shelf in the rear of the hatch stows away for tall items and is completely removable for more space when the 60/40 folding rear seats are down, for a total of 30.7 cubic feet.


    The audio system is average for the segment. We'd order the iPod and USB port, which allows music streaming via Bluetooth with Pandora or music files stored locally on a mobile phone.


    Driving Impression
    The Chevrolet Sonic delivers spritely acceleration performance with the standard 1.8-liter engine. Power from the 1.8-liter engine is sufficient off the line, but we found throttle tip-in to be overly sensitive and that made for jumpy standing starts until we got used to it.


    We sometimes had trouble choosing the right gear over hills and through windy roads. With the automatic, we needed to manually shift to get the optimum power. With the manual, we felt like a driving Goldilocks: second gear was too short, yet third was much too tall. This suggests torque from the 1.8-liter engine might not be sufficiently broad and robust for the gear ratios. In layman's terms, more power would be useful for motoring around town.


    We found the 1.4-liter turbo models a tad zippier.


    Steering was surprisingly responsive. While the Sonic lacks the go-kart handling of a Mini Cooper Clubman, it offers enough sportiness to feel engaged on the road. The suspension was compliant enough to handle bumps and railroad tracks, yet still firm enough to let us round corners with minimal body roll.


    Braking is responsive; the pedal bites down quickly enough for those who like instant feedback, but is perhaps a little too bitey for those who like a more progressive pedal feel.


    Fuel economy for the Chevrolet Sonic regardless of body style is an EPA estimated 26/35 mpg City/Highway with the 1.8-liter engine and 5-speed manual transmission, 25/35 mpg with the automatic. Official government figures for the 1.4-liter turbo were not available at press time.


    The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a peppy, well-executed subcompact car with lots of standard features and surprisingly good performance at a reasonable price.


    Laura Burstein filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after her test drive of the Chevrolet Sonic.


    Model Lineup
    Chevrolet Sonic LS Sedan ($14,495), LS Hatchback ($15,395); LT sedan ($15,695), LT hatchback ($16,495); LTZ sedan ($17,295), LTZ hatchback ($17,995).


    Assembled In
    Orion, Michigan.


    Options As Tested
    Connectivity Plus Cruise package with USB port and Bluetooth music and phone connectivity ($525); 16-inch wheels with fog lamps ($295); metallic paint ($195).


    Model Tested
    Chevrolet Sonic 5 2LT.The Chevrolet Sonic combines a fuel efficient engine, seating for five and ample cargo space to its sporty entry into the sub-compact market. The front-wheel drive Sonic is offered in two body styles; sedan and hatchback. All models come standard with a 138-hp 1.8-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. There are two available transmissions, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. A 138-hp 1.4-litre engine is also available on the LT and LTZ trims. Standard safety equipment includes stability control, ABS brakes, automatic headlamps, panic brake assist, hill hold control, OnStar and ten airbags. Standard and optional features depending on the trim level include front fog lights, power windows, heated front seats, cruise control, a security system, air conditioning, XM satellite ratio, alloy wheels, remote engine start and Bluetooth. The Sonic is all new and has replaced the Aveo for the 2012 model year.

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    29929 Telegraph Rd
    Southfield, Mi. 48034

    Phone:   248-204-4600
    Contact: Sales Manager

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