Summer’s here and the outside temperature isn’t the only thing that’s on the rise: So are sales of the Chevrolet Sonic, which also was recently named an ideal way to beat the heat as one of Consumer Guide’s “10 Coolest Cars under $18,000.”
According to Sterling Chevrolet, in June, the super Sonic rang up a healthy 6,785 sales, representing a jump of more than 75 percent as compared to the June 2011 total from Chevy’s old-school entry, the Aveo. Further, the Sonic also bested new and redesigned rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent, as well as small-car mainstays like the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris. And while the Nissan Versa did have more total deliveries in June, it was the Sonic that led the subcompact segment in retail sales.
Why are so many people flocking to the Sonic? According to Consumer Guide editors, the answers include “High levels of refinement, a comfortable driving experience, and what … is probably the best-looking interior in a subcompact”—benefits that also were vital to helping the Sonic earn its place on the website’s Coolest Cars list.
And if people think the current Sonic is frosty, just wait until the hot-hatch version debuts at dealers like Chevrolet Baton Rouge. The Chevy Sonic RS will bring a major performance upgrade that includes a sport-tuned suspension, a lowered ride height, four-wheel disc brakes, revamped gear ratios, aluminum sport pedals, 17-inch five-spoke wheels, model-specific style enhancements inside and out, and the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment and connectivity system.
The Chevrolet Sonic is available at Tyler Chevy Dealerships and your local dealerships now, with an MSRP of $13,865; the Sonic RS is expected to debut in the fourth quarter, with a price to be determined.