Front fog lamps, rear spoiler and remote start are also included on the LTZ model.
A stiffer suspension system and rear disc brakes combine with a lower ride height to give the Sonic a tight feel on the road. Under aggressive driving there is slight body roll, but for the average commute, the Sonic steers and rides like a larger sedan.
In the zero to 60 mph sprint, the Sonic clocked in at 8.9 seconds with an automatic transmission. The EPA gives high marks to the fuel efficiency for the Sonic. In my experience driving around town and on the highway, fuel efficiency was less than rated.
Overall, the Sonic is an impressive car that deserves a road test along with the competition. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Len Ingrassia is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at email@example.com.