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Back to School with Sonic Style

The Chevrolet Sonic made Kelley Blue Book's, Top 10 Back-to-School Cars of 2012 list. KBB.com expert editors looked for the best cars under $16,000 that would fit today's students.

Laptops, tablets and smart phones are among the key components of a student’s arsenal, but Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has given more recommendation for today’s school-year shopping to help parents and new shoppers alike find a car that fits a budget, is reliable, and looks great going down the road.

Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com listed the Top 10 Back-to-School Cars of 2012. KBB.com expert editors looked for the best cars under $16,000 that would fit today’s students. This is the second year a Chevrolet has made the list. Cruze made an appearance last year.

“Sporty design, vibrant colors, lots of space for friends and even that cool name make the Sonic hatchback and sedan attractive to younger drivers,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “Their parents, meanwhile, will be keen on this subcompact’s outward visibility, easy-to-drive manners, good fuel economy and eager (but not overwhelming) engines.”

The Sonic’s Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine delivers and EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway with 138 horsepower (103kW) — 18 horsepower (14kW) more than the Ford Fiesta – Which it makes it one of the most fun-to-drive in its class.

Coming later this fall, a new performance-inspired Sonic RS will hit the streets. The RS amplifies the Sonic’s youthful style and driving experience, with unique exterior and interior features. The Sonic RS also comes standard with a turbocharged engine, which is complimented by a stiffened performance suspension. Chevrolet’s MyLink also comes standard allowing today’s to enjoy simple, safe and personalized connectivity while their smart phone is safely stowed.

You can do your homework about the Chevrolet Sonic on our website and have a little fun by building your own. Going to back-to-school in a stylish, reliable car is everything that both parents and students are looking for.

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