2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS | Review, Interior, Exterior, Engine, Price. – Right off the bat, let’s get one thing out of the way. The Sonic RS won’t pack any additional power. It does, however, look better. And it should handle better and stop shorter, too. Based on the five door hatchback, the RS wears styling that’s even more pumped out than that of the standard car. Most of the kit seems transplanted directly from the Aveo RS concept Chevy brought to Detroit two years ago. There’s a more aggressive fascia up front with an RS specific grille and unique fog lights, new rocker panels, and a new rear bumper and spoiler. Also included is a nice set of 17-inch wheels.
Previewed in near production guise as at this year’s Detroit auto show, the RS is more than a sporty trim kit. The RS receives a slightly retuned suspension, more aggressively geared transmissions, and a raft of aesthetic changes. In the Sonic’s model hierarchy, the top of the line RS sits above the LTZ, a car that already comes with such niceties as heated front seats, a tilting/telescoping steering column, and Bluetooth. The Sonic RS will come standard with a six-speed manual, but a six speed automatic can be specified as well. GM says both transmissions feature more aggressive gearing with closer ratios than found in other Sonic models.
The RS trim adds a long list of visual touches and mechanical upgrades over the LTZ model. The 1.4-liter turbocharged four cylinder is untouched, which means output remains the same at 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Chevy fitted the RS’ standard six-speed manual transmission with more aggressive gear ratios, and the change is noticeable. During Car of the Year testing, we felt the Sonic LTZ’s gearbox zapped much of the engine’s fun factor due to its super tall gearing and vague shifter. The RS now feels quicker off the line, and there’s no need to constantly downshift to find optimum power. For example, at 60 mph in sixth gear, the engine revs at much more usable 2000 rpm compared to a tad over 1800 rpm with the standard turbo Sonic.
Powertrains for the Chevy Sonic are pretty much the same as in the larger Cruze sedan; there’s a normally aspirated 1.8-liter four, or a turbocharged 1.4-liter four. Both can be had with either a manual gearbox or an all new six speed automatic. Between the two, the 1.4T is by far the better choice, as it’s stronger and more flexible, as well as more refined and fuel efficient and it makes the Sonic feel like a premium brand vehicle, almost. Unfortunately, you do need to step above the base LS to get that engine. Otherwise the Sonic is surprisingly enjoyable to drive for an affordable, economical car, with nicely weighted steering.
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Price :
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Price. – Pricing for the new 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS has been set at $13,865 – $18,625 based on current exchange rates. If there are changes on the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS we will notify you as soon as possible, so keep follow our blog.
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Interior :
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Interior. - The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic doesn’t look particularly edgy, but it presents with a somewhat bolder, sportier twist to traditional small car styling and design. For the hatchback, the wedgy profile and ‘hidden’ rear door handles (up above, at the back of the windowline) are the keys to giving the Sonic a little something different. Meanwhile, the sedans, which add a few more inches of overall length (the wheelbase is the same) get an elongated roofline (and traditional door handles) that gives the Sonic an entirely different sense of proportion, even if the front end is essentially the same. If you’re at all torn between styles, you’ll want to park them each side by side to see the differences.
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Exterior :
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Exterior. - Across either body style, sheetmetal is nicely contoured, and fine detailing throughout give it an entirely different, more upscale (and even somewhat sporty) look and feel. And in front, the Sonic gets an ‘amped up’ look, with a large dual grille, moved downward over the bumper, big round headlights set in a black background, and black background trim throughout. And shockingly, all Sonic models, even the base LS, come with alloy wheels.
Inside, you’ll find a more cockpit like design than in other small cars, and outside of up-close materials and detailing, it’s impressively upscale. A cockpit like instrument panel wraps around to the doors and curves downward into a center console area, enveloping the front seat occupants. The three spoke steering wheel design shows continuity with other new Chevy models, as does the V-shaped center stack, which very efficiently and attractively consolidates audio and climate controls.
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Engine :
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Engine. - The Sonic RS is powered by a standard Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine that is rated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) and provides an immediate feeling of power that is sustained across the rpm band, for a greater feeling of performance at lower rpm. It’s matched with a six-speed manual transmission or six speed automatic.
Unique gear ratios for the six speed manual transmission and unique final drive ratio for the automatic give the Sonic RS a sportier feel than non RS models. Complementing the segment exclusive turbocharged powertrain is MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar, and a semi independent, torsion beam axle mount compound link type rear suspension featuring a robust, tubular V-shape beam with gas charged shocks. The front and rear tracks are identical at 59.4 inches (1,509 mm), for well planted stability and balance. Source: automobilemag.com, motortrend.com, thecarconnection.com.