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2013 Chevrolet Sonic

Wednesday, February 6th 2013. | Chevrolet

Replacing the lackluster and unremarkable Chevy Aveo, the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic re-enters the subcompact car category with a renewed sense of style, much improved safety features, remarkable entertainment system, and an impressive performance to boot. With its fuel efficiency and smooth performance, the Chevy Sonic is a worthy competitor to the likes of Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent, and Toyota Yaris.

2013 Chevrolet Sonic front

Available either as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback, the Sonic is anything but ordinary in terms of performance. Each body style is offered in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels, while the hatchback has an additional sport-tuned RS models. It is one of the quietest and smoothest in its category, and promises a refined driving experience.

The 2013 Chevy Sonic comes with either standard 1.8-L four-liter or turbocharged 1.4-liter cylinder engine. The standard is a a six-speed manual transmission with a hill-holder feature, and there’s also an optional six-speed automatic transmission. The 1.8-liter engine produces 138 horsepower, with 125 lb-feet of torque. The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine likewise produces 138 horsepower, but with a more powerful 148 lb-feet of torque. The fuel economy with the manual is 25 mpg/35 mpg on the city and highway respectively, and a combined rating of 28 mpg, while the automatic has 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway, and a combined 30 rating.

2013 Chevrolet Sonic side

The exterior of the Sonic draws inspiration from motorcycle-inspired headlights matched by a traditionally sleek style characteristic of most Chevy models. The standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, a blind spot mirror, keyless entry, power locks, OnStar emergency communications, and a trip computer. The hatchback model hides the rear door in the black area, making the car seem like a two-door at first glance.

2013 Chevrolet Sonic interior

For a subcompact car’s interior, the Chevy Sonic yet again surprises. There’s enough seating space for adults in the front, and the backseat is one of the roomiest in the category. Overall the interior is neatly designed, and places a premium in comfort—something most subcompact cars have had to sacrifice for its body trim. As for its luggage capacity, the Sonic hatch offers what most of its rivals do: a reasonable 19 cubic feet, which can expand to 30.9 cubic feet by flipping the second-row seat.

2013 Chevrolet Sonic back

The 2013 Sonic also introduces the new Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment system which replaces the standard s—with a 7-inch fully colored touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, and audio streaming, there’s plenty to rave about the Chevy Sonic’s features. The MyLink system can also link with the audio streaming apps like Pandora and Stitcher from their smart phones, which will make for an easier and more convenient audio streaming experience.

In all truth and honesty, the Chevy Sonic offers the best safety features in its class. Having passed the government crash testing with a perfect five-star rating, and with a top score in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Sonic leaves little—if anything at all—to be desired. Not only does it come with the standard traction and stability control, front and rear side airbags, front knee airbags, and integrated blind spot mirrors, the Chevy Sonic also has an automatic crash notification, an emergency button, store vehicle locator and active intervention, and on-demand roadside assistance system.

2013 Chevrolet Sonic front2

The suggested retail price for the Chevy Sonic LS sedan is around $15,000. For the 5-door Sonic in LT, the price is a little over $17,000. The pricing is one a feature-to-feature basis, and can amount to $20,000, tops.

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