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Review: A Tale of Two Sonics
Will: When the Chevrolet Sonic 5-Door first arrived at the house, the first words that came out of my mom’s mouth were, “That looks like an Aveo.”
Ouch… that is not a good first impression. You could say there’s a resemblance between the Aveo5 and the Sonic 5-Door after a quick glance. Yet, after giving it a good look, the Sonic begins to show some major differences.
One of the resemblances between the Aveo5 and Sonic is the front end. When GM refreshed the Aveo5 2009, they replaced the rounded front end for a blunt one and replaced the grill with now common double grill opening. The Sonic carries on with blunt front end and double grille opening. The big difference between the two lies in the headlight. While the Aveo used a pair of regular headlights, the Sonic goes with a pair of headlights that uses three lenses.
Step around to the side and more differences begin to appear. While the Aveo was plain, the Sonic adds some flair with two character lines running from the front wheel wells to the back. The back door handles are recessed into the window frame, taking a design cue from the W-Body coupes. Finishing off the side is a set a 17-inch 5-spoke wheels standard on the LTZ. Moving to the back, the Sonic's tailgate juts out and new pair of taillights finish the look.
The overall look of the Sonic is aggressive, ready to attack at a moments notice. In comparison, the overall look of the Chevrolet Aveo is like a slice of white bread; plain and boring.
Drew: I don’t think it looks like an Aveo other than the fact that it’s a 5-door hatch and it has a Chevy face. The angry headlights set in barrels on either side of the aggressive grill really set the Sonic apart from the “Scream Mask” Aveo face. The Aveo was a very upright looking hatch and the Sonic maintains the same basic shape, but adds some sport to the silhouette with the roof mounted spoiler. The wheels look huge on this little car, but that’s not a bad thing. I feel like the tail lights are cartoonishly oversized. They take up more than 50% of the vertical distance of the tailgate.
On to the Interior!