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2012 Chevrolet Sonic

/>DT: WinnerMy designation is given only with the caveat that I expect the Sonic to be similarly priced to the bottom-basement Aveo. If so, the interior is actually quite good for that amount of money. Sure, it may be Ikea simple, but there are functional cubbies everywhere and lots of headroom. Something you don’t always find in small cars.JW: LoserPoints for interior space and overall improvement over the Aveo, but I guess I’m just being superficial today. I respect the unique headlight treatment, but I can’t say I like it. And as I've said about the Cruze Eco, Chevy needs to learn to make it less noticeable that its large grilles are really large panels with holes punched out of 40 percent of the surface.KM: WinnerIf Chevy can match the Aveo’s sub-$12,000 base price — while including the now-required electronic stability system and earning decent federal and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash-test ratings – it will be quite a feat. The Aveo did little of that. Still, there are other reasons to like the Sonic. The hatchback’s cargo area has a trick panel that allows for a taller cargo area or a flat load floor with the seats down, and cabin materials seem decent. I could do without the cartoonish styling, however. JB: WinnerWhen I used to doodle pictures of cars on my school notebooks, they always had sharp headlight angles, hunkered-down stances and rearward body lines that swept up. The sedan’s looks alone catch my attention because of those styling cues. The inside didn’t leave as lasting of an impression, but it’s a definite improvement over the photo