2012 Chevy Sonic Turbo Gets a Six-Speed Automatic

GM has announced that the Chevy Sonic Turbo is now available with either a manual or automatic transmission, for those customers that were turned off by the standard manual. “Providing the option of a turbocharged engine to our non-stick driving Chevy customers allows us to offer everyone the thrill and power of a fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L powerplant,” said Jim Danahy, vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer for North American small cars. “Both in the Sonic and Cruze, the engine enables better fuel economy without sacrificing power or performance. It’s really a winning combination.”

The Chevy Sonic Turbo is powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine with 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque, which reaches 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds with the manual transmission. The Sonic with the turbo-automatic combination reaches 0-60 mph in about eight seconds.

The 2012 Chevy Sonic Turbo six-speed automatic delivers an EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway and 27 mpg in the city, while the manual gets 40 mpg on the highway and 29 in the city.