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owners can order most of what they'd want: heated seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth phone and streaming and satellite radio
There is no subwoofer, no flashy lights that pulse to music, no sound profiles to emphasize bass. Here Chevy seems to have missed an element that might appeal to the car's intended youthful demographic.
Chevy will follow the fall launch of the Sonic hatchback and sedan with a Z-spec appearance kit and, sometime later, with a more substantive RS suspension package.
At the time of writing, the 2013 Sonic remains the lowest-priced model in the Chevrolet lineup; although later this model year it will be joined by an even smaller and more affordable Spark hatchback. So it's no surprise that Chevy isn't putting out any stripped-down, bare-bones version of the Sonic; all of the models, even at the base LS level, get alloy wheels, plus remote keyless entry and air conditioning.
New for 2013 is the Chevrolet MyLink system, which includes a seven-inch color touch screen, voice recognition, and connectivity for hands-free calling, streaming audio, and apps for streaming audio (Pandora or Stitcher). MyLink is standard on LTZ and RS models, and available on the Sonic LS and LT.
The mid-level Sonic LT adds a six-speaker sound system plus XM satellite radio, as well as power heated mirrors and driver's side auto-up/down, while the top-of-the-line LTZ gets heated leatherette front seats, cruise control, fog lamps, and large 17-inch alloy wheels.
Chevy has also revised the Sonic's feature set for 2013 so that Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls are included even on the base LS, and LT models with the automatic transmission include remote start. Also a new Connectivity & Cruise package brings cruise control and a USB port to the LT.
For now, a true navigation system remains unavailable in the Sonic; although a new smartphone-based app will arrive soon, later in the model year.
With a MyLink touch-screen system now available on the entire lineup, the 2013 Sonic has an impressive feature set.