After living with the 2012 Chevy Sonic LTZ Turbo 5-door hatch, GM Authority gives the car humble approval and recommendation. The little Chevy impressed us with its styling and handling characteristics, though it’s not perfect. And since it’s a new model we can expect some things to come in the future. These include a sportier RS model, and Chevy MyLink for the 2013 model year (also in the RS model). But the list below brings up elements that have so far not been announced, and we feel it would be a great idea to address them.
- A roof rack: To give the Sonic more appeal, it should be as versatile as possible. Since Americans aren’t getting the Cruze hatch or wagon (at least anytime soon), the Sonic is the only choice for the frugal utilitarian in the Chevy lineup. Therefore, it needs to be as versatile as possible. For that, a roof rack is an absolute necessity.
- An “Eco” model: While the Sonic Turbo is rated at 29 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway with its turbocharged 1.4L Ecotec engine and its six-speed manual transmission, real world testing resulted in a lower-than-expected 32 mpg average. Maybe a diesel model would get that mileage number up…
- A performance model: Yes, one of the Sonic Turbo’s strong points is its handling capabilities, and the RS model looks to build on that with sportier gearing ratios, a beefed-up suspension and rear disc brakes, but doesn’t go further than that. The 192-horsepower powertrain featured in the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa OPC/VXR would suffice. And Ford’s SVT/ST camp would stop laughing.
- A sound system upgrade: The first thing we would do if we bought ourselves a Sonic would be to take it to the nearest aftermarket audio system retailer, and swap out the factory sound system. And while some sort of Sonic Boom concept-inspired variant has been rumored, we have no idea what to expect. We don’t need a pair of bass cannons taking up space in the trunk, we just want something better than the stock setup.
- An instantaneous fuel economy reader: It may sound minor, but every car should come with one of these in the trip computer. It would not only help the driver operate the Sonic more efficiently, but it will also inform the driver how the car is sipping from its fuel tank at cruising speeds. Always a handy feature.