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2012 Chevrolet Sonic: A new fuel sipper

Chevy's new Sonic replaces the Aveo, and comes out as a modern, compact car. With an optional turbocharged engine, it turns in 40 mpg on the highway.

2012 Chevy Sonic
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Chevy's new Sonic model sips gas and shows that an economy car does not have to feel cheap.

Bloodthirsty competition in the small-car market is giving consumers excellent value. The Sonic is Chevy's attempt to keep up with the competition.

Features such as iPod integration and a Bluetooth phone system make the Sonic worth looking at, but it falls a little short when compared with other cars in its class. Most of its edge comes from OnStar, the included telematics system that can provide navigation, emergency services, and even stolen car recovery.

An optional turbocharged engine, complemented by a six-speed manual, helps the Sonic achieve impressive fuel economy.

Check out the 2012 Chevy Sonic.