July 8, 2013
Our lives have been completely changed this summer since we bought a car. After a two year experiment of life car-free (May 2011-May 2013) we wanted to get a car. We loved learning the AC Transit bus system, riding BART and renting a ZipCar, but we still lacked the freedom to impulsively go wine tasting in Sonoma, camping in the redwoods, or a last minute road trip to LA to see old university friends.
So after quite a bit of discussion and debate we decided we wanted to get a car. But what car do we get? We knew we wanted to get a car that reflected our values and lifestyle and reflected us. Ultimately we landed on the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic LT Hatchback in Inferno Orange.
Sonic is the only small car built in the United States (Lake Orion, MI) and packs a whole lot of attitude. You can see it from its chiseled front end to the rear spoiler. Even the rear door handles are hidden to keep that sporty, clean look without sacrificing functionality. Its aggressive stance, dynamic lines and expressive wheel arches let people know that Sonic is ready for some fun. When you have a car with this much power under the hood and up to 40 MPG highway, it has to be backed up by a look to match. Sonic is going to catch an eye or two. Its defined front end with exposed headlamps, unique dual-port grille and motorcycle-inspired rear tail lamps make a strong visual statement.
The Sonic also connects with Siri on our iPhones so we can talk handsfrees and take advantage of the killer sound system. It also comes with a MyLink 7" color touch screen and we can connect our Pandora account for streaming music.
We love that the Chevy Sonic is made in the USA and that Chevy has been making big efforts to become more sustainable with their EcoLogic standards.
Landfill gas supplies more than 20% of the total energy for heating and cooling of the final assembly facility, which makes the facility less reliant on fossil fuels. The 1.4L engine facility and the transmission facilities are landfill-free. These facilities use a process to reuse, recycle or convert to energy all waste created in their daily operations, which conserves resources. Sonic is the only vehicle in its class assembled in the United States. This reduces energy consumption and emissions related to vehicle transport. The Toledo, OH, transmission facility features designated habitat areas certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, which provide ecological benefits. After the vehicle’s useful life, 85% of it is recyclable. The majority of its components can be broken down and recycled, which conserves resources and reduces landfill deposits.
So far we have been really pleased and taken the car camping on the Northern California coast. We can't wait to see where our next adventure takes us.