2012 Chevrolet Sonic Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

By Trevor Dorchies | September 14, 2011
When Chevrolet decided to drop the Aveo and replace it with the bolder looking 2012 Chevy Sonic, not much was expected of the little car. What could you expect from a $15,000 subcompact grocery and luggage hauler for grandparents and college student alike? How about picking up the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's coveted Top Safety Pick designation? The Sonic's 10 airbags — the most in its class — helped it earn "Good" scores across the board on the IIHS safety tests. The Sonic passed each including a frontal offset, side impact, and a roof strength test earning the highest score handed out by the IIHS. “We developed Sonic to exceed our customer’s expectations of the subcompact market, both in the fun-to-drive performance characteristics and the segment-leading safety features,” said Joaquin Nuño-Whelan, Sonic vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer. “This designation by IIHS confirms that Chevy customers can buy a subcompact with top safety performance.”
Side curtain and knee airbags for the driver and passenger riding shotgun are standard safety features on the 2012 Chevy Sonic. The Sonic's structure boasts robust construction, with more than 60 percent of the body fabricated from high strength steel. What's your opinion of the Sonic with the recent designation of being named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2011? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: Chevrolet