The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave a 5-star overall vehicle rating to the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic when it comes to safety. The agency tested the vehicle under the NHTSA’s modified Assessment Program accomplished starting with the 2011 model year.
The addition of the Sonic means that GM now has ten 2012 models with 5-star overall vehicle ratings in terms of safety. This overall rating consists of frontal and side crash tests aside from rollover resistance testing. The three test conditions were combined mathematically to have an “Overall Vehicle Score.”
Sonic got four stars for rollover but it was still able to pull off an overall vehicle score of 5 stars, its highest rating ever. The NHTSA applies the results for the Sonic sedan to the 5-door hatchback model since they have similar safety equipment and performance. Gay Kent, GM executive director of vehicle safety, said that Sonic was developed to surpass customer expectations of subcompacts when it comes to segment-leading safety features.
He added that the company is placing overall crashworthiness and state-of-the-art safety technologies at the “top of the list of must-haves.” In fact, overall crashworthiness and state-of-the-art safety technologies have been filed at the top of the list of must-haves.”
Sonic was created to lessen the risk of crashes but at the same time, it is protecting occupants in the event of a crash. Sonic’s body structure is exceptionally strong through the integration of a single welded side ring unit and more than 60% of the vehicle safety cage built from high-strength steel.
No matter where it is viewed from, the qualities of refinement, stability, and strength are clear in the Chevrolet Sonic, both for the sedan model and the five-door version. Having raked and progressive body lines make it appears to move even when it is in fact stationary. Meanwhile putting the wheels at the corners having a planted wide stance helps display its performance.
There are differences however in the five-door unit and the sedan version. The sedan for instance has a more notchback profile giving a look that is more mature and classy while the five-door comes in a two-box and tight form having diving feature lines that are aggressive. For the five-door, since the handles of the rear door have been carefully placed in the C-pillar area, it results in having an appearance like a three-door hatch.
Still on the five-door version, its rear section utilizes unconventional details such as the exposed rear tail lamps that are clearly motorcycle-inspired. While the exterior is indeed motorcycle-inspired, this is complemented by the design of the cabin.
The instrument cluster is more detailed and has the round and large tachometer. This is placed in an asymmetrical LCD readout and has a large digital display for the speedometer. Going back to the outside, the Sonic remains to have the global design cues that make it recognizable as a Chevrolet like the round tail lamps and the dual-element grille.
However these have been combined with some aggressive cues like the fender flares and the round headlamps, which like most of the interior, is motorcycle-inspired. On top of its head lamps is a character line which is shaped by the hood’s leading edge. This line then goes to the smooth side profile which itself is defined mainly by the low roofline, high beltline, and continuous side lines.
Since the side mirrors follow the shape of the vehicle, it has the appearance of disappearing to its profile. That the Sonic displays quality and attention to detail is highlighted by the chrome grille surrounds and the honeycomb grille inserts in matte black, which is available for all models. A wide range of wheel sizes is offered, like the alloy 17-inch version, helping strengthen its sporty appeal.