Those who drive automatics can now experience the increased torque of turbocharging as the Chevrolet Sonic's fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine is now offered with either manual or automatic transmission. Jim Danahy, vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer for North American small cars, said that offering the option of a turbocharged engine to its Chevy customers who drive automatics means that all of its consumers can know how thrilling it is to drive a car with a fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L powerplant.
He said that when the engine is used in either the Sonic or Cruze, the fuel economy is improved without compromising power or performance.
According to independent AMCI testing, Sonic's Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission enable the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. This makes it faster than the comparable 2012 Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent. The Sonic with the turbo-automatic combination sprinted from a standstill to 60 in around eight seconds.
Bob Benedict, assistant chief engineer for the Ecotec 1.4L engine, said that turbocharging typically is meant to boost engine performance but now, it also enhances fuel economy. He added that the turbocharger offers high-pressure airflow for high torque for a more enjoyable driving experience and with a better fuel efficiency rate.
The 2012 Chevy Sonic Ecotec 1.4L turbo six-speed automatic returns an EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway and 27 mpg in the city. Meanwhile, the manual gets 40 mpg on the highway and 29 in the city. For more details about the all-new Sonic, please go to the Chevy Sonic Facebook page, be a follower on Twitter at @ChevyLife or visit letsdothis.com.