CleanMPG Reviews the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by xcel, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Wayne, to match the fancy photo you need to step back and use a zoom. The perspective is different that way.
  2. lightfoot

    lightfoot Reformed speeder

    +1. The low angle is good, but get just slightly higher angle to block out underneath the body. Also, (as you noted) check the background very carefully - ugly distracting stuff sneaks in if you aren't careful. Assuming it's not a gray overcast day, the most dramatic lighting is early morning and late afternoon when the sun is low, but your busy schedule may not permit that.

    If your camera has zoom (or a straight telephoto) you probably don't need a fancier one. Save your money.
  3. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

    Also, if the wheels are turned, make sure the rim is facing the camera. Tire tread isn't glamorous. :eek:

  4. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    A for effort.. pretty darn good for a phone!
  5. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    I could picture the "almost tuner" crowd going for the Sonic- it is a nice looking car-cheap-has a turbo-decent handling-easy to park(young inexperienced drivers)
    Quiet so it has big time music potential
    GM needs young buyers.
    Quiet, comfortable front seats, cheap, economical, roomy, easy to park,"cute" probably will appeal to young women-and they have more $$ than young men.

  6. aca2983

    aca2983 Well-Known Member

    Wayne, I might have missed it but did you comment on visibility. You and I differ on our opinons of hatchbacks and the utility of the square-ish Sonic, but while I was initially drawn to the Rio due to it's attractive styling, the side angles of the rear door windows and the small looking rear hatch window give me pause. I like to have the best visibility in all directions, and from a glance it seems like the Sonic might be better.
  7. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    There are ways to deal with poor rear visibility, 18 wheelers handle that problem at all times.. just make sure your side mirrors are properly adjusted and ignore that moron tailgating you. Worse than poor visibility is a HB with next to no space and seats that dont fold flat.. Viva El Honda Fit!

    I have always wanted one of these, for backing into parking spaces, towing etc.. a friend uses a cheapie one in his RV:
  8. xcel

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

    Hi Aca2983:

    The rearward visibility out of the Sonic hatch was possibly the best of the B-Segment hatches I have driven in lately. That includes the 12 Accent, 12 Fiesta and 12 Rio. It has been too long a period since I was behind the wheel of a Fit so I had better leave that one out of this discussion. The new 2012 Yaris is also a question mark as I have not yet sat in one of those. Toyota did some fancy work on the A-Pillars in the Yaris like they did on the 12 Camry (it worked too) which is supposed to improve front visibility. I just have not yet sat in one is all.

  9. My mom called. She's picking up her new Sonic Wednesday. I asked which trans, she said the trans that's in the car. Haha. Probably an auto. May stop by Thursday and take a look.
  10. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    There is no other transmission to the average driver today... can't be bothered with having to actually drive. :rolleyes:

    (That does not include people who can't physically drive a manual due to some condition...)
  11. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    A little addition for Saturday night that you may not have expected ;)

    Kick Flip a Chevy Sonic?

    A kick flip is a 360-degree rotation in mid-air.


    Dyrdek performed the stunt before spectators at Six Flags Magic Mountain, while MTV filmed the feat for the Season 5 premiere of Fantasy Factory. He executed the kick flip over the world’s-largest skateboard that he created for a previous stunt.

    It is highly recommended that you do not attempt this with your own Chevy Sonic.

  12. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    it was close!
  13. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    That's nuts! :eek:
  14. FXSTi

    FXSTi Well-Known Member

  15. xcel

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

  16. FXSTi

    FXSTi Well-Known Member

    Sorry Wayne,

    I missed it.

    By the way, I saw a sonic IRL a couple days ago, cute car.

  17. Got to ride in my moms sonic today. For a little car it has a nice ride and quiet on the highway.

    Couldn't take the greyhound to get my car due to schedule.

    Hers is the automatic. 2000+ miles on it and avg 26.5 mpg since new. Almost all city driving.
  18. xcel

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

    Hi James:

    With the 2012 Toyota Prius c now available, the 2012 Sonic even with the 1.4L Turbo and 6-speed stick would be a tough case to make for a friend or relative.

  19. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

  20. In the Sonics defense,

    Its an old people car. Handicap old people. I'm betting my mom uses a lot of drive thrus. Bank, drug store, etc.

    On my 45 minute ride in the Sonic, my step dad said "ourmotor home (a Ford 460) gets the same mpgs at 75 as 55" when I suggested he back the speed down from 70 to 60

    ummmmmm, OK?

    I think the car could do a bit better easily

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