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THE 2013 CHEVROLET SONIC HATCHBACK FEATURING THE ALL-NEW SONIC RS

We designed Sonic to be truly a car for firsts, and through this go-getter spirit it became the first and only car in its class with 10 standard air bags, and the only car in its class with an available turbocharged engine – offering up to 40 MPG highway. With all that power under the hood, it’s the most fun-to-drive car. As the first car to skydive, kickflip and star in a music video, Sonic is ready to take on whatever gets your blood pumping. It was built for people who try new things, seek discovery and live life to the fullest.

To stay connected while you’re out and about, Sonic is ready to keep your tech-savvy fingers limbered up. Equipped with available Chevrolet MyLink Radio and a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen, you can access you phone, your friends and the rest of the world at the touch of your fingertips. Ushering in a world of excitement, Sonic invites everyone to experience their own firsts with three words: Let’s do this!

Check out these videos to learn more about the RS

 

The Best of the Best

Introducing the all-new RS Hatchback

Say hello to the newest Sonic model. Amped up from the inside out, the RS is begging
you to hit the road and never look back. As you hit the accelerator, you get immediate
satisfaction with a standard turbocharged engine and unique sporty gear ratios. Complemented perfectly by a lowered and stiffened suspension with performance-tuned
dampers, the RS gives you incredible control, creating the ultimate Sonic driving experience.

Get your adrenaline going as you slide into heated, leather-appointed front bucket
seats with sueded microfiber inserts and grab hold of the leather-wrapped sport
steering wheel with racing-inspired flat-bottom design. The ultimate Sonic
experience is enhanced by an interior that is upgraded with unique center stack
trim and contrasting red stitching throughout. Enhanced from the ground up,
the RS gives Sonic an overall impressive balance of savvy and power.

 

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  • Jet Black heated, leather-appointed front seats of the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS Hatchback.
    2013 Sonic RS features leather-appointed seats with sueded microfiber inserts and heated front bucket seats.
  • Chevy Sonic RS Hatchback in Victory Red featuring front-end foglamps and lowered ride height.
    The lowered ride height and front-end foglamps are just a few of the head-turning features.
  • A Victory Red and a Cyber Gray 2013 Sonic RS.
    The aggressive stance of the unique RS body kit with sport exhaust grabs attention from all angles.
  • The Chevrolet Sonic RS Hatchback featuring leather-appointed seats with sueded microfiber inserts and contrasting red stitching.
    Inside, enjoy leather-appointed seats with sueded microfiber inserts and contrasting red stitching.
  • Shift knob of the Chevrolet Sonic RS Hatchback.
    Unique Sonic RS shift knob with contrasting red stitching.
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The suspension of the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Hatchback is designed for uncompromised control.

Uncompromised Control

RS is the perfect blend of beauty and beast. Amplifying the rush from the turbocharged engine is responsive handling to match. The new suspension is designed to add control that perfectly harnesses the power of the engine. You’ll feel it hug the road around every bend and curve. So whether it’s a winding drive down the coast or just switching lanes in rush hour, you’ll feel comfortable knowing Sonic will respond to your hands around the leather-wrapped sport steering wheel exactly how you want it to.

A Powerful Stance

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    The 2013 Sonic Hatchback LTZ shown in Silver Ice Metallic.
  • 2013 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LTZ in Silver Ice Metallic.
    The 2013 Sonic Hatchback LTZ shown in Silver Ice Metallic.
  • Silver Ice Metallic 2013 Chevy Sonic Hatchback LTZ.
    The 2013 Sonic Hatchback LTZ shown in Silver Ice Metallic.
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It’s got the look

Sonic is the only small car built in the United States and packs a whole lot of attitude. You can see it from its chiseled front end to the rear spoiler. Even the rear door handles are hidden to keep that sporty, clean look without sacrificing functionality. Its aggressive stance, dynamic lines and expressive wheel arches let people know that Sonic is ready for some fun. When you have a car with this much power under the hood and up to 40 MPG highway, it has to be backed up by a look to match.

 

 

Get noticed

Sonic is going to catch an eye or two. Its defined front end with exposed headlamps, unique dual-port grille and motorcycle-inspired rear taillamps make a strong visual statement. Kick it up a notch with foglamps and chrome accents standard on LTZ and RS, and rest assured you’ll make an all-eyes-on-you entrance long before you even arrive.

 

Pick your wheels

Boost its aggressive and sporty stance with eye-catching wheel options. From the LS steel wheels with full bolt-on wheel covers to the whole lineup of available dealer-installed Z-Spec wheels, your Sonic will be riding in style. The LT sports 15" painted aluminum wheels, or you can upgrade to the optional 16" wheels available with the Wheels and Foglamp Package. For a little more edge to your ride, go for the LTZ model with standard 17" painted aluminum wheels. The RS tops off its impressive upgrades with 17" Midnight Silver aluminum wheels.

Subtle Perfection

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  • Jet Black Chevy Sonic LTZ with Dark Titanium trim and perforated leatherette seats.
    The 2013 Sonic LTZ shown in Jet Black with Dark Titanium trim and perforated leatherette seats.
  • Interior view of the Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Hatchback.
    Comfort and convenience comes standard on the 2013 Sonic LTZ.
  • Thumb-controlled shift control of the Chevy Sonic 6-speed automatic transmission.
    Opt for the available 6-speed automatic transmission with thumb-controlled driver shift control.
  • Perforated leatherette seats of the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ.
    The 2013 Sonic LTZ shown in Jet Black with Dark Titanium trim and perforated leatherette seats.
  • 47.7 cu. Ft. of storage space in the Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback.
    Fold the rear seats and you'll get up to 47.7 maximum cu. ft. of storage space to load your things.
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Prepare for takeoff

Sonic was recently named one of Ward’s Top 10 Interiors. Joining the ranks of Audi, Land Rover and Infiniti, the dual cockpit interior and motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster with silver accents get your blood pumping before you even turn the key. The performance-inspired design elements Sonic boasts on the exterior are exactly what you find when you get behind the wheel. Sonic is ready to be driven, so grab onto its 3-spoke steering wheel designed for optimal grip and hold on tight.

Comfort and convenience

Sure, Sonic has an edge, but it’s made for comfort too. Every seat in Sonic was designed to give you and your passengers the best ride possible. Enjoy perforated leatherette seats in the LTZ, or leather-appointed seats with sueded microfiber inserts in the Sonic RS. Both models provide added comfort for you and your front seat passenger with heated seats. And rest assured, Sonic has your back with OnStar® Turn-by-Turn Navigation, standard for the first six months. With the press of a button, you’ll be connected with a friendly OnStar® Advisor ready to help get you where you’re going. So buckle up and get ready to go.

Go ahead and load it up

That hatchback is good for more than just a sporty look. Sonic Hatchback offers ample cargo space and many ways to get it. Seating for five with 19 cubic feet of cargo space will bring your friends and everything you need. With its 60/40 split-folding rear seat and up to 47.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, you’ll be able to find a configuration that’s just right, whether it’s heading to the beach or grabbing groceries after work. Sonic even gives you unique storage solutions for everything you want to keep within reach, including upper and lower glove boxes. Bringing a water bottle with you? There are holders incorporated right into the front doors. There’s a smart way to make use of space, and the Sonic Hatchback is brilliant.

Unmatched Performance

The only turbocharged engine available in
its class

Be forewarned: After you take your friends for a ride, they may begin to show signs of Sonic envy — because when you turbocharge the drive, things get a lot more interesting. Sonic achieved 0-60 mph in less than 8 seconds on the test track. Whether it’s heading out for a quick skate session, driving up a mountain for a morning hike or just merging onto the freeway, Sonic LT, LTZ and RS models offer the available power you need. With 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of the most available torque in its class, you’ll soon find out that Sonic is the most fun-to-drive car and it offers up to 40 MPG hwy.

Handling and a comfortable ride, together
at last

Sonic engineers went through hundreds of suspension variations until they found the perfect blend of handling and a comfortable ride, giving Sonic extraordinary agility and sportiness. Its standard ECOTEC 1.8L I-4 engine with 5-speed manual transmission puts the control of driving back in your hands. With 138 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque, Sonic knows how to take care of business.

Designed with you in mind

No matter how you slice it, Sonic offers options that will get you excited to hit the road. Sonic offers Hill Start Assist, which helps you stay put on steep inclines while you transition from the brake pedal to the gas pedal. Whether it's going downhill in reverse or driving uphill, Sonic keeps you steady.

2012 Chevy Sonic Hatchback 1.4L Turbo

An Eye on Fuel Economy

40 MPG hwy — so many miles, so little gas

Whether you’re commuting during the week or taking a long road trip on the weekend, Sonic, equipped with the available turbocharged engine on LT and LTZ, offers up to 488 highway miles on a single tank of gas. Engineering technology in performance and design makes it possible. The available 1.4L turbocharged engine offers up to 40 MPG on the highway without sacrificing its power and athleticism. There’s a lot that goes into making a car as fuel efficient as possible, which translates into money in your pocket — not the pump.

 

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Technology Surrounds

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  • Seven inch diagonal color touch screen of the Chevrolet MyLink Radio.
    Control your music with the available Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen.
  • Stay connected to your Chevy Sonic Hatchback with OnStar RemoteLink
    OnStar RemoteLink™ keeps you connected to your car through your compatible smartphone.
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Stay in the loop while out and about

Sonic keeps you connected to your friends and entertainment on the go. Sonic offers extensive technology features like available Chevrolet MyLink Radio, standard Bluetooth® wireless technology for select phones that allows you to take calls while keeping your hands on the wheel, or OnStar® Turn-by-Turn Navigation, standard for six months. And with the available USB port to plug in your musical gadgets and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 3-month trial, you get the music and entertainment you want, when you want it.

Chevrolet MyLink Radio

The available Chevrolet MyLink Radio starts with a 7-inch diagonal full-color display that lets you stay in touch in style. A touch screen menu connects you to everything you need and, when the vehicle is stopped, allows you to project video and even personal photo albums onto the screen from your phone. Connect your compatible smartphone wirelessly via Bluetooth® and listen to music, get directions or make phone calls all with the touch of a fingertip.

Learn more about MyLink.

Wireless technology

Take calls without ever taking your hands off the steering wheel through the connectivity of standard Bluetooth®† wireless technology for select phones and steering wheel-mounted controls. Bluetooth connectivity for your phone is standard on every model. Bluetooth audio streaming is included with the Chevrolet MyLink Radio. You can also connect your iPod, MP3 player or music-loaded flash drive into the auxiliary input jack or available USB port for a direct line to the radio.

Mobile apps

Sonic keeps you in the loop with the myChevrolet mobile app with the connectivity of OnStar RemoteLink™. With this app, you can remotely lock or unlock your vehicle in case you get locked out at the lake, check vehicle diagnostics such as oil life and tire pressure or even remotely start it when equipped with available remote vehicle starter system. And you’ll never get lost in a parking lot with a real map reminder. Want to schedule a service appointment? It’s done in a click. And should you ever need help, roadside assistance is there 24/7. Available from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

The sounds of Sonic

In Sonic, you can listen to commercial-free programs through the three-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Or, stream your favorite audio services, like Pandora® Internet Radio and Stitcher SmartRadio™, or your own music library, from your compatible smartphone through its available Bluetooth audio streaming feature for select phones. Just download the Pandora Internet Radio or Stitcher SmartRadio app to your mobile device.

OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Being lost will be a thing of the past with Sonic. It includes the OnStar®† Directions & Connections Plan® with Turn-by-Turn Navigation, standard for the first six months. One press of the blue button and you are connected to an Advisor who can help you get to your destination anytime. Voice-guided directions can even be downloaded right into your car. You can even plan ahead with OnStar eNav℠, which lets you send destinations from MapQuest.com® to your car. Call them up anytime with a simple voice command.

Start it up using your phone

Attention to detail is what turns a good experience into a great experience. That’s why Sonic offers available remote start capability, so you can start your Sonic before you even open the door. It means in the dead of winter, you can let your car warm up without having to brave the cold, or in the height of summer let it cool down before you get in the driver’s seat. It’s just another way Sonic keeps your comfort in mind. Even better, the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app allows you to start your vehicle and lock or unlock the doors from anywhere you have cell service if your vehicle is equipped with remote start.

A HIGH-TECH MOBILE TRIO

BringGo

The BringGo navigation app offers plenty of easy-to-use features that let you revel in the fun of discovering new destinations without the stress of getting lost. Explore with the convenience of 3-D maps with lane suggestions, live traffic data, local search via Google™, a Where Am I? Locator and other features that help you stay in the loop. Read More.

Purchase it now from the App Store or Google Play.

Siri Eyes Free

Chevrolet is the first vehicle manufacturer to offer Siri Eyes Free to iPhone users. Siri lets you take charge with your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Complete an array of hands-free tasks like composing text and email messages to stored contacts on your phone by directing Siri through voice command. Simply connect your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 with available Chevrolet MyLink via Bluetooth, then use the steering wheel voice activation button to begin.

TuneIn

Experience a new level of entertainment on the go with access to over 70,000 radio stations from around the world. Just download the free TuneIn app to your compatible smartphone and connect it to available Chevrolet MyLink. Then sit back and enjoy a selection of live, local, international and Internet radio from every corner of the globe.

Download it now from the App Store or Google Play.

Make It Feel Like Home

Accessorize it to Make it as Unique as You are

Celebrate being unique by customizing your Sonic. From body graphics to functional accessories, you can make your Sonic as much a part of who you are as you make your home. With a variety of available graphics, you’ll find a style that matches your personality on the move. Standing still you’ll look sharp too, with dealer-installed white or black wheels that complement your graphics. Inside, you can add dealer-installed Chevy Accessories like available doorsill plates to give stepping in a stepped-up look. Finally, hit the gas in super style with an available Sport Pedal Kit featuring brushed aluminum covers with rubber grips. Be the first in your crew to put your spin on Sonic. Start your customization at Chevrolet Accessories.

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Safety

A safety philosophy that runs deep

Sonic boasts aggressive styling and impressive power, but make no mistake ­— with Sonic, safety is a priority. Sonic is the first and only car in is class to receive a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from NHTSA and was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Sonic is built around a steel safety cage and offers extensive safety features for prevention, reaction and response technology to optimize safety before, during and after a crash, if needed.  Other advancements you can count on — including daytime running lamps and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System — are just a few of the ways we help you avoid trouble on the road.

 

Prevent

From the moment you set out on the road, technologies like the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with traction control are at the ready. On slippery surfaces, StabiliTrak helps you stay on course by detecting the difference between the path being steered and the direction the vehicle is actually traveling.

It then uses the brakes and, if necessary, adjusts engine torque to help you keep your Sonic on track. What’s more, 4-wheel antilock brakes help maintain control and stability during hard braking by preventing wheel lockup. And Electronic Brake Force Distribution on the front and rear brakes has Panic Brake Assist to help optimize stopping power.

 

Protect

Sometimes, however, trouble finds you. And if a moderate-to-severe collision does occur, Sonic is designed to respond quickly as the first and only car in its class with 10 standard air bags.Sensors throughout the vehicle determine how many air bags deploy — including knee air bags for the driver and front passenger. Adding to this protection, the cabin is reinforced with high-strength steel throughout. Meanwhile, front and rear “crush zones” are designed to compress in a controlled manner, helping absorb and channel energy away from the cabin. But our protective measures don’t end there.

Respond

In many crashes, built-in sensors can automatically alert an OnStar®† Advisor, who is immediately connected into the vehicle to see if you need help. Even if you don’t respond, the Advisor can use GPS technology to pinpoint your exact location and request that emergency help be sent right away. It’s part of the OnStar Directions & Connections® Plan, which is standard for the first six months, because nothing is more important than your safety.

 

How Sustainable is the Sonic?

Check out its “Ecologic” Features. Here at Chevrolet, we believe in being a responsible steward of our environment. Recently, we’ve developed a new way to communicate some of the environmentally significant features of each vehicle we make. We call it “Ecologic.”

Every aspect of Ecologic is audited by Two Tomorrows, an independent third party sustainability auditor. To learn more about Ecologic and the Two Tomorrows’ process, click here.

Fuel-Saving Technologies

Continuously Variable Valve Timing (VVT) adjusts airflow in and out of the combustion chamber under all engine speeds, which makes for better fuel economy and lower emissions. Electric power steering uses an electric motor instead of an engine-driven belt, which results in a lighter overall workload and better fuel economy.

The engine has been factory-filled with engine oil meeting GM’s new dexosTM specification, which has improved viscosity characteristics as compared to the previous GF-4 oil, contributing to better fuel economy. An available advanced small-displacement 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine offers 40 MPG highway. With reduced engine displacement and an advanced turbocharger, this vehicle delivers segment-leading fuel economy and torque.

Responsible Manufacturing

Landfill gas supplies more than 20% of the total energy for heating and cooling of the final assembly facility, which makes the facility less reliant on fossil fuels. The 1.4L engine facility and the transmission facilities are landfill-free. These facilities use a process to reuse, recycle or convert to energy all waste created in their daily operations, which conserves resources.

Sonic is the only vehicle in its class assembled in the United States. This reduces energy consumption and emissions related to vehicle transport. The Toledo, OH, transmission facility features designated habitat areas certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, which provide ecological benefits.

End-of-Life Recyclability

After the vehicle’s useful life, 85% of it is recyclable. The majority of its components can be broken down and recycled, which conserves resources and reduces landfill deposits.

Build & Price Your 2013 Sonic Hatchback

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  • 3 33 Requires available Chevrolet MyLink and compatible iPhone running iOS 6. Software update may be required. See your dealer for more information.
  • 4 34 MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices. MyLink on Spark and Sonic does not include functionality such as enhanced voice recognition, Gracenote and CD player. MyLink on Traverse does not include Gracenote functionality.
  • 10 21 MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices. MyLink on Sonic does not include functionality such as enhanced voice recognition, Gracenote and CD player.
  • 11 3 EPA estimate with available 1.4L turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual transmission with LT and LTZ models.
  • 12 20 Based on EPA highway estimate and fuel tank capacity. Your range may be less.
  • 13 4 Air bag inflation can cause severe injury or death to anyone too close to the bag when it deploys. Be sure every occupant is properly restrained.
  • 14 17 Requires available remote vehicle starter system and automatic transmission.
  • 15 18 Based on GM Small Car segment.
  • 16 5 Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers.
  • 17 26 BringGo app must be purchased separately. Requires compatible smartphone. Data plan rates apply. See dealer or call 1-855-4-SUPPORT (1-855-4-787-7678) for more information.
  • 18 6 Go to gm.com/Bluetooth to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle.
  • 19 7 Requires iPhone or Android platform.
  • 20 8 Assembled in Lake Orion, Michigan, of U.S. and globally sourced parts.
  • 21 9 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.
  • 22 22 Achieved on a test track with turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual transmission.
  • 23 10 Not compatible with all devices.
  • 24 11 Standard on LT, LTZ and RS, available on LS. If you subscribe after your trial period, subscriptions are continuous until you call SiriusXM to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change. XM satellite service is available only in the 48 contiguous United States and Washington, D.C. SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
  • 25 32 2013 model year Spark and Sonic vehicles will require a quick and easy radio software update to be compatible with the BringGo app, Siri and the TuneIn app.
  • 26 31 Shown with graphics from an independent supplier and is not covered by the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty. GM is not responsible for the safety or quality of third-party supplier alterations. Go to www.ChevroletGraphics.com for more details.
  • 27 30 Late availability for body kit.
  • 28 28 Pre-production model shown. Actual production model may vary.
  • 29 16 Excludes spare tire when equipped.
  • 30 15 Shown with graphics from an independent supplier and is not covered by the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty. GM is not responsible for the safety or quality of third-party supplier alterations. Go to www.ChevroletGraphics.com for more details.
  • 31 13 Data Plan rates apply.
  • 32 12 Available on iPhone, Android and select BlackBerry devices. Services vary by phone, vehicle and conditions. Requires active OnStar subscription, which is standard for six months.