2012 Chevrolet Sonic turbocharged rated 40 mpg highway

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The Chevrolet Sonic is dubbed to be not only an attractive subcompact car, but also a gas saver as well. With the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic model, Chevrolet is upping its fuel economy with the latest turbocharged Ecotec 1.4-liter engine.

Although General Motors hasn’t received the official rating from U.S. EPA yet, but it claims that the turbocharged Ecotec 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a 6-speed manual transmission has an EPA-estimated rating of 40 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city. Performance wise, the 1.4 liter turbo Sonic can sprint from 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds.

“Sonic changes the sub-compact stereotype and puts an end to the term ‘econobox,’” said Joaquin Nuno-Whelan, Sonic vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer. “The 1.4L turbo saves money at the gas pump and is a ridiculously fun car to drive. So, our buyers are getting a safe, exciting and fuel efficient car at a great price with the 1.4L turbo.

Customers who prefer a non-turbo version can choose the Chevrolet Sonic’s 1.8-liter model. It comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, and has a fuel economy rating of 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic comes in both as a sedan and hatchback versions, and there are many other engine options offered including: a 1.8L DOHC four-cylinder engine producing 135 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, along with an optional 138-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Starting prices for the base model 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS sedan is at $14,495 and the Chevrolet Sonic LS hatchback is at $15,395. While the top models LTZ sedan is priced at $17,295 and LTZ hatchback closes out at $17,995.