Chevrolet Sonic 1.4L Ecotec Turbo Now With Automatic Transmission

Chevrolet Sonic 1.4L Ecotec Turbo Now With Automatic Transmission

Chevrolet has announced that its turbocharged Ecotec 1.4 liter engine equipped Sonic subcompact will now be available with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The quickest of its class, the 6-speed manual turbocharged Ecotec 1.4 liter engine propels the Sonic from 0-to-60 mph in 7.8 seconds, faster than the comparable 2012 Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, or Hyundai Accent. Although initial offerings only came with a 6-speed manual, the addition of an automatic transmission makes the Sonic more accessible to more consumers.

According to vehicle line director and chief engineer for North American small cars Jim Danahy, “Providing the option of a turbocharged engine to our non-stick driving Chevy customers allows us to offer everyone the thrill and power of a fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L powerplant. Both in the Sonic and Cruze, the engine enables better fuel economy without sacrificing power or performance. It’s really a winning combination.”

The added convenience of an automatic transmission comes at a cost, as 0-to-60 mph acceleration clocks at a slower 8 seconds and will earn an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city and 37 highway, while the manual transmission is capable of 29 in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. What’s more, adding the automatic transmission will take on an additional $440 to the price of a Sonic LT sedan or hatchback, or an additional $630 to the price of a Sonic LTZ sedan or hatchback.

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  • Chad

    It is torture to get caught behind one of these cars in a highway merge on-ramp. Not only are these dogs slow, but the drivers don’t seem like they are even trying to push them. I am thinking a law should be passed requiring cars to have a minimum of a 6.0s 0-60 time.

  • Druumk

    you’re a retard, Chad.

  • Augestwest83

    I haven’t had the chance to test drive one of these cars but if my heavier Elantra with it’s 1.8 DOHC W/6 Speed manual can move like it does with someone like myself who knows how to get the most power out of it and tops out at 130 before kicking the monitor into NO MORE these little pocket rockets have to be able to move, No? I realize it’s no tricked out honda or other name brand cars with nitrous and what not but come on it must be able to get up and go. My elantra will do 85 in 4th gear at 6800 RPM before hitting 5th gear then 6th for it’s top speed. i must test drive one with either the manual or auto and see what she’ll do.   

  • Chad_the_Moron

    You must be a teenager who drives so agressively you are a danger to all others on the streets, all the while imaging you are the greatest driver on the roads.  Grow up little man before you cripple or kill someone.

  • Chad is right

    I’m sorry, but I have to agree, at least, in principle, with Chad. 7.8 seconds 0-60 and best in its class… How sad is that? I’m thinking more along the lines of 8 second minimum.

    Its dangerous to have cars on the road that cannot get up to highway speed by the end of an on ramp nothing is much worse than having a line of 7 or 8 cars following one of these at 50, merging onto a highway where everyone else is doing 75-80. Everyone immediately wants to pass this car so they are changing 2-3 lanes over as they merge and accelerate. I see this happening all the time.

  • T. Roll

     What’s wrong with you people. This is a shit-box. The fact that it’s anything better than 10 seconds is amazing.

  • realist

    If everyone actually tried to get on the freeway at speed, ud be surprised what these little cars can do. But oh noooo, save gas, 4000 rpm, omg my motor is going to blow up, aaaaaah. Haha. old people, get normal, speed limits have increased, speed up or get asssmashed getting on the freeway.

  • Bigskid6

    who manufactures the  Ecotec 1.4 liter engine  ???