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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LS 1LS
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Body Style

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 35 $15,831 $16,665
4-Door Sedan LS 25 35 $14,561 $14,935
4-Door Sedan LT 26 35 $14,462 $15,065
5-Door HB LTZ 26 35 $16,496 $17,365
5-Door HB LS 26 35 $14,395 $14,765
5-Door HB LT 26 35 $15,230 $15,865
4-Door Sedan S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 28 38 $12,788 $13,200
4-Door Sedan SE 28 38 $14,170 $14,670
4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $15,984 $16,600
5-Door HB SE 28 38 $15,110 $15,670
5-Door HB SES 28 38 $16,830 $17,500
5-Door HB S 28 38 $13,634 $14,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,518
$12,788
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,865
$13,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$231 / month
$220 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces. You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 26 mpg 28 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 35 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Car Subcompact
Number of Passenger Doors 4 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 31.2
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 39.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 51.6 49.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.4 52.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.0 49.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 42.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 90.4 85.1
Front Hip Room (in) 51.4 50.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 59.4 57.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 173.1 173.6
Height, Overall (in) 59.7 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.4 57.7
Wheelbase (in) 99.4 98.0
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.3 67.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.9 12.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 10.2 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.0 x - TBD - 7.9 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.2 12.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.1 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.5 34.4
Steering Type Electric Pwr Steering Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.8 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code Q1H NA
Front Tire Size P195/65R15 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code Q1H NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P185/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2727 2578
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 4.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 438 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 125 @ 3800 112 @ 5000
Engine Order Code LUW 99J
Displacement 1.8L/110 1.6L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 6300 120 @ 6350
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 28
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.73 3.85
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.28
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.89 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.61
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.14 2.04
Trans Order Code M26 NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front-wheel drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.94 4.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.12 0.95
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Sonic Ford Fiesta
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Twist Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.1 5.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7 (2011)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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