2013 Chevrolet Sonic Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 31, 2013

Chevrolet's Aveo didn't dominate the subcompact market in the way it had hoped. It should have better luck with the Sonic, an all-new model released in 2012.

The 2013 model year brought some minor changes for the Sonic including the addition of standard Bluetooth connectivity and blind-spot-assist mirrors. Also added was optional MyLink audio and audio streaming. The 2013 Sonic is available in either a sedan or four-door hatchback design, with a total of eight trim levels: LS Automatic, LS Manual, LT Manual, LT Automatic, LTZ Manual, LTZ Automatic, RS Manual and RS Automatic. The RS Sonics, new for 2013, are performance models available only as hatchbacks.

All non-RS models come standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 108 horsepower and 125 foot-pounds of torque. This engine, when mated to the six-speed manual transmission, can push the Sonic to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds. Mileage is rated at 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. RS models feature a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine with 138 horsepower and 148 foot-pounds of torque; a six-speed RS is a bit quicker than other Sonics and still returns 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.