2012 Chevrolet Sonic Turbo with Automatic Transmission Gets 37 mpg

By Joel Arellano | March 22, 2012
The current 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Turbo compact gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, formidable figures even in this increasingly crowded market. Unfortunately, the Chevy Sonic Turbo offering such fuel economy comes equipped with a six-speed manual which most Americans don't know how to use, never mind drive. (The running joke in our offices: Buy a car with manual transmission. Most car thieves can't drive it.) The non-turbo, base Chevrolet Sonic is offered in either a manual or automatic transmission but provides lower fuel economy numbers and power. General Motors knew about this sticking point with the Chevy Turbo and John Buttermore, lead development engineer for the Chevrolet Sonic, discussed the automatic transmission version of the Chevrolet Sonic Turbo last year at the annual Midwest Automotive Media Association. GM has now released details on the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Turbo equipped with automatic transmission. The latest Sonic model will pair a six-speed automatic transmission to the Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo engine. The Chevy Sonic Turbo with automatic transmission sees fuel economy drop a tick or two compared to its manual twin, getting 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. GM has not released pricing of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Turbo with automatic transmission. Expect it at least match the Chevy Sonic Turbo with manual's near $15,000 price tag, if not higher.
Source: General Motors/Chevrolet