Technical Specifications of a Chevy Sonic RS

The Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact car that is sold in hatchback and sedan body styles. This five-passenger vehicle offers a special Sonic RS trim, a sporty edition that competes with the Honda Fit Sport, the Ford Fiesta S and models from Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, Nissan, Toyota and Mazda. This front-wheel-drive model was designed in Korea and is built in Michigan and is priced from $ 20.995.


The Chevrolet Sonic RS is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged in-line four cylinder engine. This 16-valve overhead cam shaft engine features continuously variable valve technology and electronic fuel injection. The Sonic RS is rated at 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 foot-pounds of torque at 1,850 rpm with the manual transmission and 2,500 rpm with the automatic transmission.

The Sonic RS is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capabilities is available. No paddle shifters are available with this model.


The Sonic RS sits on a 99.4-inch wheel base and is 159 inches long. This model measures 68.3 inches wide and 59.3 inches tall. Weighing from 2,811 pounds, the Sonic RS has front and rear tracks of 59.4 inches each.

Passenger volume measures 90.6 cubic feet. In the front, there is 38.7 inches of headroom, 41.8 inches of leg room, 53.4 inches of shoulder room and 51.4 inches of hip room. In the rear, there is 38.1 inches of headroom, 34.6 inches of leg room, 53 inches of shoulder room and 51.6 inches of hip room.

Cargo volume measures 19 cubic feet behind the rear seat. With the rear seat folded, this vehicle offers 47.7 cubic feet of storage capacity.

Fuel Economy

The 2013 Sonic RS is rated 27 mpg around the city and 34 mpg on the highway when outfitted with a manual transmission. For models paired with an automatic transmission, this vehicle is rated at 25 mpg city and 33 mpg on the highway.

The Chevy Sonic takes regular grade gasoline. This model has a 12.2-gallon fuel tank.


Chevrolet outfits its performance subcompact with MacPherson front struts and a semi-independent rear suspension. A stabilizer bar is located up front.

This vehicle features electric power steering and has a turning circle of 36.1 feet.

Tires and Wheels

Every Sonic RS model is equipped with 17-inch five spoke aluminum wheels that are set within all-season tires. These tires measure P205 / 50R17 ALS.

Safety Features

The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic has been recognized as a "top safety pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This model has scored "good" on crash tests for moderate overlap front impact, side impact, roof strength and rear crash protection.

Every model is outfitted with front disc and rear drum brakes. This model features four-wheel antilock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, traction control and stability control. This vehicle features 10 air bags including driver and front passenger knee air bags.

Source by Matthew Keegan