Those eyeing the upcoming Chevrolet Sonic will be happy to hear that it will achieve a lofty 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 29 miles per gallon in the city when properly equipped with the available 1.4L turbocharged Ecotec engine and six-speed manual transmission. And yes, that is the very same 138 hp, 148 lb.-ft. of torque engine found in the beloved Chevy Cruze, where it sees 38 miles per gallon in the non-Eco application for the 2012 model year. The Sonic equipped with the base 1.8L engine and a five-speed manual will get 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway but will lose 1 mpg in the city when equipped with the six-speed automatic. Note that the six-speed automatic — the only auto gearbox on the Sonic — is only available with the 1.8 liter Ecotec, and not with the turbo 1.4.
Acceleration figures claim that the 1.4L Sonic can go from 0-60 in a matter of 8.2 seconds, which is fast for its segment believe it or not. But this nevertheless makes us fantasize about an even more propulsive variant to compete with the upcoming Ford Fiesta ST. Also, will there ever be an Eco model?