Base Versus Loaded: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

By John Beltz Snyder

December 01, 2011

We recently tested the new Chevrolet Sonic, and were delighted to find that, while totally affordable, it still had some pretty good driving dynamics. Our tester was pretty bare-bones, as evidenced by such features as manual roll-up windows—something we were worried was going to become extinct.
As we enjoyed our time with the Sonic, we got to thinking about the livability of the vehicle. Everyone loves some creature comforts in their car, and we began to wonder what we could get in a Sonic and how much it would cost. To the configurator!
We were pleased to see that our decked-out Sonic still sported a price tag that feels appropriate for the nameplate. We were even to get a flashy red paint job, a remote starter, and, of course, power windows. Look below to see what a little extra cash (less than $6K) will get you in your Chevy Sonic.
$13,735 (Sonic 1LS) + $760 (destination) + $0 (options) = $14,495
$17,795 (Sonic 2LZ) + $760 (destination) + $1595 (options) = $20,150
What does $5655 buy?
- 6-speed automatic transmission
- Power windows with driver express-up and down with anti-pinch feature
- Bluetooth wireless technology for select phones
- AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, equalizer, auxiliary input jack
- SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio with 3 trial months
- USB port and Bluetooth Audio Streaming for select compatible audio devices
- 17-inch aluminum wheels
- Leather wrapped steering wheel with cruise control and audio control buttons
- Leatherette Seats with front heated seats
- Fog Lamps
- Remote vehicle starter system
Options and accessories
Crystal Red Tincoat paint - $325
Oil pan heater - $75
Power sunroof - $850
Front and rear splash guards - $180
Cargo net - $55
All-weather floor mats - $110