2012 Chevrolet
Sonic LT
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Volt

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT

10.0

starting from

$15,695

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Sonic LT

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Average number of gears
5
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Average number of passenger seats
5
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More airbags
7
2012 Chevrolet Volt

8.6

Runner-up

Chevrolet Volt

starting from

$39,995

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Volt

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OK brakes
Disc
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Navigation system
Optional
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Leather
Optional
Luxury Features 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Winner: Sonic LT
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Sonic LT; not available on the Volt
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Cost 10.0 vs -
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the Sonic LT is particularly good (including Rear Side)
  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 8.6 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic LT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Sonic LT; not available on the Volt
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Volt

Performance

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic LT
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Horsepower 149 HP vs 138 HP @ 6,300 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The Sonic LT has an OK number of gears, while the Volt has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Volt 's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 25.4 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.5 ft vs 34.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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Volt
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MSRP $39,995 vs $15,695 The Sonic LT has a great price and the Volt is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 95 mpg vs Unknown
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic LT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 7 Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the Sonic LT is particularly good (including Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Volt has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

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Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic LT
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Practicality

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
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Sonic LT
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Sonic LT has the usual number of seats, while the Volt has very few
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Highway driving range 379 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 10.6 ft3 vs 14.0 ft3 The Sonic LT has OK cargo room, while the Volt has very little
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front seats 52.0 ft3 vs 50.0 ft3 The Volt has average-sized front seats, while the Sonic LT is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Volt offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sonic LT
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Volt
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Sonic LT
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Volt ; but it's not available at all on the Sonic LT

Road Tests

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Volt
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 124 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.8 s @ 81 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 100 mph vs Unknown

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT 2012 Honda Civic LX Sonic LT vs Civic LX
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2012 Chevrolet Volt 2011 Toyota Prius Four Volt vs Prius Four
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