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Chevrolet Sonic, 2012: Only U.S.-made sub-compact

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, which replaces the South Korean-built Chevrolet Aveo, will be the only subcompact car built in the United States when it arrives this fall.

The Sonic LS, which has a starting price of $14,495, has 10 standard airbags – the most of any subcompact — and has 138-horsepower 1.8-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine matched with five-speed transmission.

Fuel economy projections haven’t been released for the base engine. But with the upgraded 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with six-speed automatic transmission, the Sonic is expected to get 40 mpg in highway driving.

The 2012 Chevy Sonic will available in sedan and hatchback, in LS, LT and LTZ models. Its LT pricing begins at $15,695 (sedan) and $16,495 (hatchback), with LTZ pricing begins at $17,295 (sedan) and $17,995 (hatchback). All prices include destination charges.


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