2012 Chevrolet Sonic: IIHS Top Safety Pick, 40 MPG on Highway image

With an EPA-rated 40 mpg on the highway and with great safety features, Chevrolet is calling its 2012 Sonic one of the most fuel-efficient and safe small cars on the market.

“Sonic changes the sub-compact stereotype and puts an end to the term ‘econobox,’” said Joaquin Nuno-Whelan, Sonic vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer.

“The 1.4L turbo saves money at the gas pump and is a ridiculously fun car to drive. So, our buyers are getting a safe, exciting and fuel efficient car at a great price with the 1.4L turbo.”

The Sonic isn’t even on sale yet, however the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has already crash-tested it—and the2012 Chevrolet Sonic earned an excellent set of scores, including top ‘good’ ratings in frontal and side impact tests, rollover safety, and rear protection.

In city driving, the 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine gets 29 mpg. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, the Sonic reaches 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, which isn’t too shabby.
The Sonic’s 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine is SAE certified at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 ft.-lbs. (200 Nm) of torque between 2,500 and 4,900 rpm.

The Sonic benefits from GM’s StabiliTrak stability control system, and protects occupants with 10 airbags and a safety cage that consists of 60 percent high strength steel.