The Chevrolet Sonic has been around for about a year now, but this is the first chance I've had to spend some quality time with the vehicle. You'd think Chevy was hiding it from me or something. And I have no idea why they'd do that because what I have to say is this: The Sonic is awesome. If you're looking for a compact car, it's a must test. Potentially even a must buy.
The test car was a top-tier LTZ model with an automatic transmission and heated leather seats. While the base price for this model is a little steep at $19,185, it comes standard with whistles and bells like Bluetooth, MyLink, steering wheel audio controls and traction control. The tester had the 1.8-liter, 138-horsepower engine, which was peppy and -- dare I say -- fun. The Sonic is compact, comfortable and easy to drive. In short, I really liked it.
My one complaint, however, (and you knew there had to be one) is fuel economy. EPA estimates city/highway fuel economy of 25/35 mpg. In mostly highway driving, I was getting around 28 mpg. Yes, that's the estimated combined driving, so maybe I should shut up. But still ... in mostly highway driving, I'd expect something more than 30 mpg.