2012 Chevrolet Sonic receives IIHS’ Top Safety Pick award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick announced today that the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic has been awarded the Top Safety Pick by the agency. The Chevrolet Sonic has two more air bags than its subcompact competitors.

The 2012 Sonic received a score of ‘good’ in all four types of tests performed, including frontal offset and side impact. The Sonic comes standard with StabiliTrak electronic stability control, which the institute requires of all vehicles receiving a Top Safety Pick designation.

“Only vehicles that perform with the highest level of safety in their class earn the Institute’s top accolade,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund.

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“We developed Sonic to exceed our customers’ expectations of the subcompact market, both in the fun-to-drive performance characteristics and the segment-leading safety features,” said Joaquin Nuno-Whelan, Sonic vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer. “This designation by IIHS confirms that Chevy customers can buy a subcompact with top safety performance.”

Along with 10 air bags, the Chevrolet Sonic offers a body structure incorporating a single welded side ring unit.

Refresher: The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is available in a sedan and hatchback variant. The standard engine on the 2012 Sonic is a 1.8L DOHC inline 4-cylinder unit making 135-hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, while an optional 138-hp 1.4L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder is also available. Prices start at $14,495 for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS Sedan ($15,395 for the Chevrolet Sonic LS Hatchback), which is powered by a 1.8L Ecotec making 128-hp. Prices top out at $17,295 for the LTZ Sedan and $17,995 for the LTZ Hatchback. Prices start at $14,495.

– By: Omar Rana