2012 Chevrolet Sonic Specifications

Discussion in 'New Automobile Specifications' started by xcel, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member



    Sedan / Hatch MSRP:

    LS - $13,735 / $14,635
    LT - $14,935 / $15,735
    LTZ - $16,535 / $17,235

    LS includes 15” painted alloys, manually adjustable body color exterior mirrors, rear window defogger and remote keyless entry.

    LT adds to LS for an additional $1,200, heated power mirrors, chrome beltline molding and trunk/hatch handle.

    LTZ adds to LS for an additional $2,000, 17” painted alloys, chrome door handles, fog lamps, perforated vinyl seats, heated front seats, leather wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio/Bluetooth controls and cruise control.

    Destination and Handling: $760

    Options Pricing

    $1,070 - 6-speed AT
    $700 - 1.4L Turbo w/ the 6-speed MT (LT and LTZ only)
    $295 - 16” Wheels and Fog Lamp Package (LT only)
    $375 with MT/$525 with AT - Connectivity + CC package (LT Only)
    $850 - Sunroof (LTZ Only)


    Engine Type: In-Line 4-Cylinder
    Engine Block/Cylinder Head: Cast Iron/Cast Aluminum-Alloy


    Displacement (cc): 1,364 / 1,796
    Horsepower @ rpm: 138@4,900 / 138@6,300
    Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 148@2,500 / 125@3,800
    Redline (rpm): 6,500
    Bore and Stroke (mm): 72.5x82.6 / 80.5x88.2
    Compression Ratio: 9.5:1 / 10.5:1
    Valvetrain: DOHC
    Multi-Point Fuel Injection
    Drive-by-Wire Throttle System
    Front-Wheel Drive
    Federal Emissions: Tier II / Bin5
    Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer


    Gear Ratios

    6-Speed Manual Transmission with 1.4L Turbo

    1st: 3.82
    2nd: 2.05
    3rd: 1.30
    4th: 0.96
    5th: 0.74
    6th: 0.61
    Final Drive: 3.65
    Reverse: 3.54

    5-Speed Manual Transmission with Base 1.8L

    1st: 3.72
    2nd: 1.96
    3rd: 1.32
    4th: 0.94
    5th: 0.75
    Final Drive: 3.94
    Reverse: 3.30

    6-Speed Automatic Transmission

    1st: 4.45
    2nd: 2.91
    3rd: 1.89
    4th: 1.44
    5th: 1.00
    6th: 0.74
    Final Drive: 3.47
    Reverse: 2.87

    RPM@60 mph Calculated

    1.4L Turbo w/ 6-speed MT: 1,796 RPM
    1.8L w/ 5-speed MT: 2,384 RPM
    1.8L w/ 6-speed AT: 2,072 RPM


    Unit-Body Construction
    MacPherson Strut Front Suspension w/ Stabilizer bar
    Torsion Beam Rear Suspension
    Stabilizer Bar (mm., front): TBD
    Column Mounted Electric Power Rack-and-Pinion Steering
    Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock: 2.8 w/ 15” and 16” wheels – 2.7 w/ 17” wheels
    Steering Ratio: 14:1
    Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb (ft.): 34.5 ft. w/ 15” and 16” wheels – 36.1 ft. w/ 17” wheels
    Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes (in.): 10.8”/9.0”
    Wheels: All-Season Tires: P195/65R15, P205/55R16, P205/50R17
    Compact Spare Tire


    Interior Measurements:

    Headroom Sedan // Hatch (in., front/rear): 38.7/37.8 // 38.7/38.1
    Legroom Sedan // Hatch (in., front/rear): 41.8/34.6 // 41.8/34.6
    Shoulder Room Sedan // Hatch (in., front/rear): 53.4/53.0 // 53.4/53.0
    Hiproom Sedan // Hatch (in., front/rear): 51.4/51.6 // 51.4/51.6
    Cargo Volume Sedan // Hatch (cu. ft.): 14 // 19 behind rear seats and 30.7 with seats folded
    Passenger Volume Sedan // Hatch (cu. ft.): 90.4 // 90.6
    Seating Capacity: 5

    Exterior Measurements:

    Wheelbase Sedan // Hatch (in.): 99.4 // 99.4
    Length Sedan // Hatch (in.): 173.1 // 159.0
    Height Sedan // Hatch (in.): 59.7 // 59.7
    Width Sedan // Hatch (in.): 68.3 // 68.3
    Track Sedan // Hatch (in., front/rear): 59.4/59.4 // 59.4/59.4
    Curb Weight 1.8L/1.4L Sedan // Hatch (lbs.): 2,721/2,862 // 2,684/2,743

    EPA Mileage Estimates/Capacities:

    1.4L w/ 6-Speed Manual (City/Highway): 29/40
    1.8L w/ 5-Speed Manual (City/Highway): 26/35
    1.8L w/ 6-Speed Automatic (City/Highway): 25/35
    Crankcase 1.4L/1.8L (qt.): 4.2/4.8
    Coolant System 1.4L/1.8L (qt.): 6.9/6.3
    Fuel (gal.): 12.2
    Required Fuel: Regular Unleaded

  2. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    Chevrolet finally got the gear ratios down with the 1.4LTurbo and the six speed MT.

    Obviously that is going to be the fuel mileage set up in the LT and LTZ. :)
  3. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    When will the 1.4 turbo with AT arrive?
  4. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    The 1.4T with automatic says "late availability", according to Chevy, and elsewhere I am seeing predictions of "early next year". Extrapolating from the numbers for the Cruze Eco, I am not holding out hope for the 6AT matching the 29/40 rating of the turbo with the six speed stick.
  5. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    The hatch is 14" shorter??
    Folks buy the hatch because they want carrying volume-a mini SW or mini SUV.Home depot capable.
    Why make it less capable?
  6. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Unfortunately manufacturers always make the hatch shorter, rather than offering a true wagon. After all, why sell a wagon with real utility when most people who want that utility are willing to spend $5k more on a small SUV?
  7. jimepting

    jimepting Well-Known Member

    Loved the art deco bank building;)
  8. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    I guess it is a style thing- a long overhang tall roofline looks too much like a station wagon-since it is a sw.
    Guess folks buy with their eyes.
    I just looked at the Prius- it has very little overhang-18" from the rear of the back tire.
  9. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Gorgeous!.. Wayne, what is the address of that building?

    Come on down to Miami Beach if you ever want to see Art Deco.. and the girls :)
  10. aca2983

    aca2983 Well-Known Member

    Have you ever owned a hatch?
    The advantage of a hatchback is the flexibility of the space, not the overall length. You can get bigger things into it, and its easier to load. If you have a million little things, you might be able to cram it into a sedan, but even with the folding rear seat, the pass thru is too intrusive to be able to carry bulky things. The shorter length is also an advantage because it usually translates to lower weight, and ease of parking in areas where an unattractive strip mall sea-of-parking landscape is not the norm.

    Waynes earlier post re: the Sonic and cargo capacity also misses the point. He cites the inability of being able to load full-sized suitcases, then goes on to say the sedan would be better for "everyday" cargo capacity. Who carries 2 or 3 full-sized suitcases during their "everyday" daily drive?
  11. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    About the sedan vs. hatchback discussion ... I've had sedans, and I've had a hatchback. For my purposes, a hatchback is a far better compromise, despite some drawbacks. As Wayne noted, in effect, the official EPA methods of measuring sedan and hatchback cargo volumes give a bit of an unfair advantage to hatchbacks.

    I don't agree that "manufacturers always make the hatch shorter." Often they do, but not always. Hatchback models from several manufacturers have been the same (or near the same) length as otherwise similar sedans. I can't think of any current examples, but we don't have to go very far back to find some. Those longer hatchbacks obviously tended to have more cargo space than the chopped-off kind, along with the usual hatchback advantages over sedans.

    One reason manufacturers shorten hatchbacks is to limit weight. Sedan-length hatchbacks tend to be significantly heavier in the rear than corresponding sedans, unless structural stiffness of the body is compromised. Even many of our more common chopped-off hatchbacks are a little heavier than corresonding sedans, although the Sonic, with its large difference in length, appears to be an exception.

    I agree with aca2983's description of hatchback advantages, except the "usually translates to lower weight" part.
  12. aaronl

    aaronl Alternative transportation advocate

    Dear god that's an ugly interior.

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