The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released a list of the 20 safest small cars that have a starting price below $20,000. The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze ECO and Sonic are among the cars on the list.
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze ECO comes with excellent interior space, plenty of standard features, and great fuel economy. Its 138-horsepower, 1.4-Liter turbocharged engine gets 28 miles per gallon in the city and 42 miles per gallon on the highway. Optional features include rear parking assist and remote vehicle start.
New for 2012, the Chevrolet Sonic offers sporty styling, great performance and versatility, as it is available as a hatchback or sedan. Power windows and heated mirrors are available on the LT trim. Along with every new GM vehicle, the Sonic also comes with the OnStar System for 6 months.
The cars that made this list had to earn top safety scores in all IIHS safety crash ratings, including front, side, rollover, and rear-end crash tests. They also have to be well-performing and efficient small cars that have a sticker price starting below $20,000.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be released in the spring of 2012 all around the world. This will be Chevrolet’s first global sedan, but the US version of the 2013 Malibu will offer a unique turbocharged, 4-cylinder Eco engine.
The Eco engine will also come with a battery pack and a motor that will help to boost fuel mileage. Chevrolet will replace the V6 option in the 2013 Malibu with this new Eco engine. There will also be some structural changes to the 2013 version of the Malibu. Along with being made slightly smaller, the 2013 Malibu will be built with the most aerodynamic properties in mind.
All of these factors will allow the 2013 Malibu to achieve an estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway, which is unparalleled for a midsized sedan.
Chevrolet has made a concerted effort to improve fuel economy with many of its newer vehicles. The Cruze, Sonic and Spark are all new Chevrolet vehicles that offer dramatically improved fuel efficiency compared to older models.
General Motors is offering 3-day test drives of the new Chevrolet Sonic to people who have a high social influence. For this project, GM is working with Klout which is a service that rates and ranks a person’s social influence from 0 to 100.
Chevrolet will arrange 3-day loans of the brand new 2012 Sonic to people with a Klout score of at least 35. Those who test drive the Sonic are encouraged to write a brief review of the subcompact, whether it is positive, negative, or indifferent.
GM had a similar collaboration with Klout earlier this year with the plug-in Chevrolet Volt. 19 of the 20 participants who drove the Volt posted blogs that were complimentary to the car and the participants also generated about 2,000 tweets on Twitter.
Nearly 140 drives of the Sonic will be offered before mid-December in several large cities including: Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Dallas and San Francisco.