The Chevrolet Sonic Gets the Regular Car Reviews Treatment

Regular Car Reviews: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic 1 photo
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In gearhead realm, Sonic is three things: a subcompact car, an underbone motorcycle or a Japanese express train. This time around, we’ll be talking about the Sonic that has four wheels.
As Mr. Regular of Regular Car Reviews fame puts it, the Chevrolet Sonic is a General Motors product that’s “assembled in Michigan on a German platform, updated by Korea and Australia, with a German design engine built in Mexico and a German transmission built in Austria.” General Motors works in mysterious ways, I know, but what would the automotive world be without the quirkiness of the biggest of the Big Three?

Introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in the form of the Euro-spec Chevrolet Aveo, the second-generation Sonic is a cheap and almost cheerful means of transportation, nothing less and nothing more. If you ask me, that’s alright because lots of people around the world need such a thing. And yes, that also includes the U.S. of A.

Chevrolet updated the Sonic for the 2017 model year with goodies such as an optional heated steering wheel and other stuff people rarely use on a daily basis. Then again, it’s an honest car in entry-level trim. The 2013 model year of the subcompact-sized Sonic is even more honest because, let’s face it, the headlights and taillights are the work of bean counters, not a design team. Mr. Regular hits the nail on the head better than I do, so press play and enjoy this 11-minute dose of (surprisingly) Regular Car Reviews.

Editor’s note: I find the normality of this episode surprising and refreshing at the same time. If you ask me, the thoroughly underwhelming review of a thoroughly underwhelming car fits like a jigsaw falling into place.

P.S.: Mr. Roman’s rendition of the Bahamut Temple Theme from Final Fantasy X is a work of genius.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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