SHARP TURNS – Get moving with the Sonic

2013-05-31T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – Get moving with the SonicMATT SHARP nwitimes.com
May 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

With the Sonic, Chevy made a car that will get you from point A to point B not only safely, but quickly also. The Sonic is one of the first cars in its class to offer a turbocharged engine with mileage capability of 40 mpg.

The available 1.4L turbocharged engine (the only turbocharged engine in its class) has 138 horsepower and 148lb.-ft of torque. I know most of us don’t plan on doing any drag racing in the near future, but the Sonic has achieved 0-60 mph in less the 8 seconds. This could really come in handy when merging onto the expressway or for safety purposes. With the quick pickup the Chevy Sonic offers, they had to make sure it had the right suspension. It has astonishing agility and handling, to give you a sporty feel when taking tight curves.

The second you get a glimpse of the new Sonic, you are instantly drawn in by its beauty. It starts in the front with the dual-port grille, motorcycle-inspired headlamps, and the black granite metallic paint around them. Down either side of the sedan there are vivid lines that make the Sonic seem to pop off the road. Even if you are following behind the Sonic, it will catch your eye, with the curved taillights, spoiler, and the signature Chevy emblem. Also to top it all off, you can choose your own wheels, from 15 to 17-inch wheels.

Chevy changed the inside of the Sonic to change with us. It comes standard with an upper and lower glove box, cup holders on the side of the doors, and 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space. To go along with the trunk space the Sonic has 60/40 split-folding rear seats so you can lug around just about anything. Those folding seats, along with the front seats, are made of perforated leatherette with a black stitching. With heated front seats for the driver and passenger. Silver and chrome trimming are built into the steering wheel and dash to top off the black interior.

The Sonic shows off the best of Chevy’s technology. It starts out with a 7-inch full color display screen that lets you control most of the features. A three-month trial for SiriusXM satellite radio comes standard with the Sonic, this allows you to listen to hours of commercial-free programs, or stream Internet Radio such as Pandora. Also with the Bluetooth feature you can set up your own library and stream it from your smart phone, and take calls to keep both hands on the wheel. On the full color screen you can access Onstar Turn-by-Turn Navigation to ensure you get where you need to be. Along with connecting your smart phone, you can download a free app that allows you to auto start and unlock your car, and with this app you never have to worry about losing your car in a parking lot again with the real map reminder feature.

As always, Chevy focuses on driver safety. The Sonic starts out with a reinforced cabin with high-strength steel throughout, and comes standard with 10 airbags, with sensors throughout the car to help determine which airbags to deploy. The StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with traction control comes in handy when on slippery surfaces. It will tell you when you have traction and when losing traction to help you stay on the road. StabiliTrak will also help you stay on course by detecting the difference between the path being steered and the direction the vehicle is actually traveling. To top it all off the Sonic comes with OnStar, standard for 6 months that can help you navigate, and call authorities if you happen to get into an accident.

Pricing of the Sonic is a little bit less then its competitors, it starts out at MSRP from $14,185 and with added features can get up to $17,250.

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