years eons, Chevrolet has coughed up small cars with a quality level that made the buyers understand that the automaker actually hates them. If you bought an Aveo, General Motors would send a pack of 16-year-old bullies to your house to stand on the corner and make fun of you until you started crying. Thankfully though, those days are long gone, and the bow-tie-badge loving brand has developed an affinity for the A, B, and C segment machines that flow forth from its assembly plants around the world. One of those vehicles is the Chevrolet Sonic… and it’s quite good.
The Chevy Sonic is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, and it doesn’t take a casual reader of the site to figure out which we prefer here in the Hooniverse. The sedan looks fine as a crunched down Cruze, but the hatchback looks awesomely aggressive despite its relatively small stature. Both body styles are available with something special though, and you’ll know what we mean with a cursory look at the ass end of the car.
See that badge that says “Turbo”?
Under the hood sits a 1.4-liter four-banger that benefits from forced induction. Thanks to the happy snail, this mighty little mill pumps out 138 horsepower and a surprisingly delightful tune. Paired with the six-speed manual gearbox, the Sonic Turbo becomes a true sub-compact play thing that is a pleasure to drive on your favorite stretch of bendy tarmac. The steering is on target, the brakes don’t have to work hard to haul in the low curb weight, and if you feel like driving responsibly you could (possibly) hit 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
You’ll need to shell out at least $17,000 to get the turbo, but that peanuts in a world where most good cars seem to start at $25,000 and up.