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2013 Chevrolet Sonic: What's changed

2013 Chevrolet Sonic

2013 Chevrolet Sonic Credit: Handout

For the 2013 model year, the just-released Chevrolet Sonic gets a smattering of changes, including more available features on lower trims levels. A new 7-inch touch-screen featuring Chevy's MyLink multimedia system is now standard on higher-trimmed models. Also new for the model year is the sportier 2013 Chevy Sonic RS, which is available only as a hatchback model; it will hit dealerships later this fall.

The 2013 Sonic is available in sedan and hatchback body styles and in LS, LT or LTZ trims; these trims will be available this summer.

All Sonic models get standard Bluetooth connectivity and steering-wheel-mounted controls for 2013; previously, they were options on the LT trim and unavailable on the LS trim. All models also get new integrated blind-spot mirrors, which is something we've seen on the Ford Fiesta.

The LT trim now comes with Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port and cruise control standard. The LT with an automatic transmission also gets remote start standard, too. The LTZ trim gets a standard rear spoiler. There's also a premium six-speaker audio system that's standard on LT and LTZ trims and optional on the LS trim.

Chevrolet MyLink is now available on the Sonic and accompanied by a 7-inch touch-screen. The system comes standard on the LTZ and is optional on LT and LS trims. The MyLink system will have an available navigation application, providing an affordable turn-by-turn direction option for owners who also have smartphone connectivity.

The updated 2013 Chevrolet Sonic goes on sale this summer.

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