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The 2013 Chevy Sonic

Built for people who try new things, seek discovery and live life to the fullest. Sonic is the most fun-to-drive car — and it offers up to 40 MPG HWY2. Ushering in a world of excitement, Sonic invites everyone to experience life with three words: Let’s do this!

A Bold New Face

It’s got the look

Sonic is the only small car built in the United States3 and packs a whole lot of attitude. You can see it from its chiseled front end to the rear spoiler. From its aggressive stance to its dynamic lines and expressive wheel arches, every detail builds on the other to create Sonic. When you have a car with this much power under the hood and up to 40 MPG highway2, it has to be backed up by a look to match.

Get noticed

Sonic is going to catch an eye or two. Its defined front end with exposed headlamps, unique dual-port grille and motorcycle-inspired headlamps make a strong visual statement. Kick it up a notch with foglamps and chrome accents standard on LTZ, and rest assured you’ll make an all-eyes-on-you entrance long before you even arrive. 

Pick your wheels

Boost its aggressive and sporty stance with eye-catching wheel options. From the LS steel wheels with full bolt-on wheel covers to the whole lineup of available dealer installed Z-Spec wheels, your Sonic will be riding in style. The LT sports 15-inch painted aluminum wheels, or you can upgrade to the optional 16-inch wheels available with the Wheels and Foglamp Package. For a little more edge to your ride, go for the LTZ model with standard 17-inch painted aluminum wheels.

Subtle Perfection

Attention to details — every last one of them

Sonic was recently named one of Ward’s Top 10 Interiors, joining the ranks of Audi, Land Rover and Infiniti. The dual cockpit and motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster with silver accents get your blood pumping before you even turn the key. The performance-inspired design elements Sonic boasts on the exterior are exactly what you find when you get behind the wheel. Sonic is ready to be driven, so grab onto its 3-spoke steering wheel designed for optimal grip and hold on tight.

Go ahead and load it up

There’s a smart way to make use of space, and Sonic is brilliant. Upper and lower glove boxes keep your stuff easily within reach. Bringing a water bottle with you? There are holders incorporated right into the front doors.

Room for Everything

The Sonic Sedan features 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space4, more than Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, you’ll be able to configure the space for just about anything. So whether it’s skis or a giant sub sandwich, Sonic is game.

The Sonic Hatchback is good for more than just a sporty look. Sonic Hatchback offers ample cargo space and many ways to get it. Seating for five with 19 cubic feet of cargo space4 will bring your friends and everything you need. With its 60/40 split-folding rear seat and up to 47.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, you’ll be able to find a configuration that’s just right, whether it’s heading to the beach or grabbing groceries after work.

Unmatched Performance

The only turbocharged engine in its class

Be forewarned: After you take your friends for a ride, they may begin to show signs of Sonic envy — because when you turbocharge the drive, things get a lot more interesting. Sonic achieved 0-60 mph in less than 8 seconds5 on the test track. Whether it’s making an emergency maneuver or just merging onto the freeway, Sonic makes the power you need available.

Adventure is just over the next hill

Sometimes we just need a little help getting over it. Sonic is equipped with Hill Start Assist, which works to keep the brakes engaged on steep inclines while you transition from the brake pedal to the gas pedal, then automatically releases once you press down on the accelerator.

Handling and a comfortable ride, together at last

Sonic’s suspension gives it extraordinary agility and sportiness. Its standard ECOTEC 1.8L I-4 engine with 5-speed manual transmission puts the control of driving back in your hands. With 138 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque, Sonic knows how to take care of business.

40 MPG hwy2 — so many miles, so little gas

Whether you’re commuting during the week or taking a long road trip on the weekend, Sonic, equipped with the available turbocharged engine on LT and LTZ, offers up to 488 highway miles6 on a single tank of gas. The available 1.4L turbocharged engine offers up to 40 MPG on he highway2 without sacrificing its power and athleticism. There’s a lot that goes into making a car as fuel efficient as possible, which translates into money in your pocket — not the pump.

Make It Feel Like Home

Stay in the loop while out and about

Sonic keeps you connected to your friends and entertainment on the go. Sonic offers extensive technology features like available Chevrolet MyLink Radio, standard Bluetooth®wireless technology for select phones7 that allows you to take calls while keeping your hands on the wheel, or OnStar® Turn-by-Turn Navigation, standard for six months8. And with the available USB port9 to plug in your musical gadgets and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 3-month trial10 you get the music and entertainment you want, when you want it.

Truly Mobile Apps

Stay connected to your Silverado with the myChevrolet mobile app11 with the connectivity of OnStarRemoteLink12. Start your vehicle13, set the temperature inside your truck, lock and unlock your doors, turn on your horn and lights, check diagnostics, contact roadside assistance, routine maintenance and more from almost anywhere through your mobile phone. Available from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

Discover Your Destination

Get to where you need to go or discover places you haven’t thought of yet with OnStar® Turn-by-Turn Navigation with a standard six-month trial. Select and store locations and easily navigate the way to your destination through an onscreen display and the automated voice of your Onstar® Advisor.

Keep in Touch

Connect your MP3 player or smartphone to the available USB port9 to play music while charging your device. Take calls at the touch of a button with the available Bluetooth®wireless technology14 for select phones. Make, answer and end phone calls using convenient controls without taking your hands off the steering wheel. Silverado will even automatically mute your stereo so that you can talk

A safety philosophy that runs deep

Sonic is the first and only car in is class to receive a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from NHTSA and was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Sonic is built around a steel safety cage and offers extensive safety features for prevention, reaction and response technology to optimize safety before, during and after a crash, if needed.  Other advancements you can count on — including daytime running lamps and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System15 — are just a few of the ways we help you avoid trouble on the road.

1 The Chevrolet Sonic received the highest numerical score among sub-compact cars in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study.℠ Study based on responses from 74,759 new-vehicle owners, measuring 233 models and measuring opinions after 90 days of ownership. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed February–May 2012. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

2 EPA estimate with available 1.4L turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual transmission with LT and LTZ models.

3 Assembled in Orion Township, Michigan of United States and globally-sourced parts.

4 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

5 Achieved on a test track with turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual transmission.

6 Based on EPA highway estimate and fuel tank capacity. Your range may be less.

7 Go to gm.com/Bluetooth to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle.

8 Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers.

9 Not compatible with all devices.

10 Standard on LT and LTZ, available on LS. If you subscribe after your trial period, subscriptions are continuous until you call SiriusXM to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change. XM satellite service is available only in the 48 contiguous United States and Washington, D.C.

11 Requires iPhone or Android platform.

12 Available on iPhone, Android and select BlackBerry devices. Services vary by phone, vehicle and conditions. Requires active OnStar subscription.

13 Requires available remote vehicle starter system.

14 Go to gm.com/bluetooth to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle. Not compatible with all devices.

15 Excludes spare tire when equipped.