The Chevrolet premiered the Sonic in 2012 as a concerted effect of reversing the perception of subcompact cars coming from the auto company. Replacing the Aveo, the Chevrolet Sonic provided a fresh presentation of a General Motors entry-level car. Offered in a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, the 2012 Sonic’s economical presence was accompanied by some energetic style. Created as an affordably priced vehicle, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic came with 10 airbags, OnStar and seating for up to five occupants. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic came with two versions of a four-cylinder Ecotec engine. Serving as a base engine, a 1.8-liter could be paired with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Also offered was a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine generates the same horsepower as the 1.8-liter powerplant but muscles out an additional 13 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet Sonics equipped with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine could be ordered with a six-speed manual gearbox projecting a full sport-driving feel. Fuel economy for the Chevrolet Sonic averages above 30 miles per gallon while the turbocharged model achieves up to 40 miles per gallon through highway driving. An optional engine for 2012, the turbocharged engine was added as standard equipment for the Sonic RS introduced in 2013. Along with the 1.4-liter engine, the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS models were identified by a series of unique touches such as a lowered ride height, 17-inch five-spoke wheels, aluminum sport pedals and leather seating with red accents.
Another change for 2012 was the manufacturing origin of the Chevrolet subcompact car. Whereas the previous Aveo sold in North America were exported from South Korea, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic arrived from General Motors’ Orion Assembly in Michigan (the first time since the mid-1980s a Chevrolet subcompact was produced in the United States).