The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS is getting ready to ship out to dealerships later this year and its loaded with a whole range of upgrades and refreshes that increase the fun to drive capacity to even more fun than ever. This sweet new edition from Chevy is set to go head to head with the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent. At a starting price for the RS version of around $20,995, it’s expected to be a favorite in this class of small, zippy vehicles.
The Chevrolet Sonic has standard model options of a four door sedan and five door hatchback. To go along with those bodystyles there are three different trim levels including an LS, LT and LTZ. The Chevy Sonic standard model and LS host a naturally aspirated 1.8 liter four cylinder engine that gives 138 horsepower and 125 pound feet of torque. The LT and LTZ also have an option of a 1.4 liter four cylinder which bumps the horses up to 148, more than enough to jet around in this little car. There is also a choice of a six speed manual or six speed automatic transmissions. The base price starts at $14,995, including destination and go up from that point.
For the 2013 Chevy Sonic, the updates include lowering it just a little and stiffening the suspension with firmer dampers for a sportier driving experience. It was also given a new front fascia with a front grille that hints at the sporty engine. Rocker moldings have been updates and the mirrors have been given special caps. A trapezoidal exhaust outlet was added to give the rear end a lift along with a roof mounted spoiler.
Inside the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS got some new unique sport bucket seats that are made out of synthetic suede and leather. There are also aluminum sport pedals and a motorcycle inspired gauge cluster. Your choice of Victory Red, Summit White, Cyber Gray Metallic and Black Granite Metallic and all the bells and whistles of the LTZ model such as air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control and more are there. Along with this equipment the RS also gets MyLink, adding a touchscreen infotainment interface and Bluetooth along with Stitcher and Pandora radio capability. Not bad at all for a fairly priced new car.