2012 Chevrolet Sonic Priced from $14,495 as a Sedan, $15,395 as a Hatchback


GM has just released pricing information on its North American replacement for the Chevrolet Aveo, the new Sonic. When the subcompact model goes on sale in the U.S. this fall, it will be available in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles with prices including destination to start from US$14,495 and US$15,395 (€10,290 - €10,930) respectively.

There are three trim levels, LS, LT and LTZ. The base models are offered with a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 135HP, coupled to a standard five-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission priced at $1,070.

For an additional $700, buyers of the Sonic LT and LTZ can opt for the 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine with 138HP that’s expected to return 40 mpg on the highway.

Standard features across the range include 10 air bags, electronic stability control with rollover sensing, traction control, anti-lock brakes, alloy wheels, OnStar with navigation, air conditioning, power door locks with remote keyless entry and tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

For more details on the LS and LT (GM did not release any information on the top-end LTZ), check out the list below.

Production of the new Chevy Sonic will begin this fall at GM’s Orion Assembly Center in Michigan.

Sonic LS starting at $14,495 sedan, $15,395 hatchback, including:

  • Standard 1.8L Ecotec engine and five-speed manual transmission
  • Class-exclusive standard 15-inch alloy wheels
  • The most standard safety features in the segment, with 10 air bags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing, traction control, anti-lock brakes, collapsible pedal system and power rear-door child safety locks
  • Standard OnStar, with a six-month subscription including Turn-by-Turn navigation
  • Standard convenience features, including air conditioning, power door locks with remote keyless entry and tilt/telescoping steering wheel

Sonic LT starting at $15,695 sedan, $16,495 hatchback, including:

  • Six-speaker premium sound system with CD player, XM Radio with three-month trial subscription
  • Power windows with driver's express up/down
  • Power, heated side mirrors
  • Connectivity package with a USB port, Bluetooth for select phones and music, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Heated front seats
  • Cruise control
  • Fog lamps
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels

Major available upgrades on Sonic include:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission (with 1.8L engine) - $1,070
  • 1.4L Turbo with six-speed manual transmission (available on LT and LTZ) - $700



Anonymous said... »June 17, 2011

Too expensive, a car like this should be around 11 to 12k max, for that money you can get a Sebring with all the discounts in my area. Also you have alot better options on the used car market for 15k which will hold resale values, have more features etc etc.

I really never understood why people baught the Aveo, it baffled me.

Anonymous said... »June 17, 2011

Prople who buy Aveo are usually minorities (african americans/mexicans) they cannot be approved for financing a Cruze or Malibu so this is their only choice. The intrest charged to these people is also unreasonably high.

Its a form of discrimination IMO

Anonymous said... »June 17, 2011

United States cannot make affordable subcompact cars.

Anonymous said... »June 17, 2011

Does this comes in a Transformer version for my kid? I can see it being used as playground equipment throughout the US.

Anonymous said... »June 17, 2011

The president of Chad drives a Aveo so he will buy this.

DRB said... »June 17, 2011

@ 1st anonymous person: sure, you can buy a Sebring at that price, but you're still driving a Sebring. That's not something to brag about really and why would you want to subject yourself to that kind of ridicule? Having check out the new Sonic at an Autoshow recently, I can say it is a pretty nice car... equal or better quality than the Mazda2 and Fiesta, which are it's competition. I certainly wouldn't feel bad about driving around in a spec'd out LTZ sedan as pictured above.

Anonymous said... »June 18, 2011

face looks like its been ripped off a mitsubishi evo x with a hint of colt in there!

Anonymous said... »June 19, 2011

Totally vile looking piece of junk. How's it possible to make it look THAT bad?

Anonymous said... »June 20, 2011


Anonymous said... »June 20, 2011

I too looked at the Sonic at the (Toronto) auto show. I like it. A lot. Fit & finish is not bad, love the headlights. Very well equipped compared to others in its segment. Would take this over a Sebring in a heartbeat.


Anonymous said... »June 21, 2011

Its a Big rip-off. This car.

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