Priced: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Subcompact Sedan Will Start at $14,495, Hatch $900 More

By Jacob Brown | June 17, 2011
General Motors has announced that the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, its subcompact replacement for the Aveo, will start at $14,495 for an LS sedan and $15,395 for the LS hatchback. Standard on all Sonics is a six-month OnStar subscription, remote keyless entry with power door locks, and 10 airbags. The same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine Chevrolet uses in its compact Cruze sedan comes also comes standard in the smaller Sonic. In the Sonic, it produces 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a standard five-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic for $1070. Chevrolet will make its 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 148 pound-feet of torque available on LT and LTZ trims for an additional $700, with an available six-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine will help the Sonic deliver 40 mpg, GM says. Pricing for the Sonic LT starts at $15,695 for the sedan and $16,495 for the hatchback while the top-of-the-line LTZ will begin at $17,295 and $17,995 for the sedan and hatch, respectively. LTZ models will come equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth and MP3 player connectivity, and heated leatherette seats in addition to power window and power mirror upgrades found on the LS models.
While prices for the Sonic appear on the high side of the subcompact segment, a quick rundown shows that the Chevrolet isn’t that far off from the competition. Hyundai’s new Accent starts at just $13,205 for a base GLS sedan. Accent sedans equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission come no less than $15,955 and include more standard equipment. The Accent GS hatchback starts at $15,355 with the six-speed manual, $40 different than the base price of the Chevrolet Sonic hatchback. Ford’s Fiesta S sedan starts at $13,995 including destination and adds an extra $1095 for its six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission while the hatchback model starts at $16,295. How well do you think the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic will perform in the U.S. subcompact market? All prices include destination charges. Source: General Motors