Compare 2012 Ford Fiesta vs 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

2012 Ford Fiesta
2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 28 38 $12,788 $13,200
5-Door HB S 28 38 $13,634 $14,100
4-Door Sedan SE 28 38 $14,170 $14,670
5-Door HB SE 28 38 $15,110 $15,670
4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $15,984 $16,600
5-Door HB SES 28 38 $16,830 $17,500
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB LS 26 35 $14,395 $14,765
4-Door Sedan LS 25 35 $14,561 $14,935
4-Door Sedan LT 26 35 $14,462 $15,065
5-Door HB LT 26 35 $15,230 $15,865
4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 35 $15,831 $16,665
5-Door HB LTZ 26 35 $16,496 $17,365
Pricing
Invoice Price
$12,788
$13,518
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,200
$13,865
Monthly Payment Estimate
$220 / month
$231 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Subcompact Car
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.0 53.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85.1 90.4
Front Hip Room (in)
50.6 51.4
Second Leg Room (in)
31.2 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 38.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
49.2 51.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 53.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.9
Length, Overall (in)
173.6 173.1
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 59.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.7 59.4
Wheelbase (in)
98.0 99.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.8 68.3
Track Width, Front (in)
57.7 59.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.8 14.9
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x - TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.0 12.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.3 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.4 34.5
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Tires
Front Tire Size
P185/65R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA Q1H
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P185/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA Q1H
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2578 2727
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
4.8 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Engine
Displacement
1.6L/97 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
120 @ 6350 138 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
112 @ 5000 125 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
99J LUW
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
33 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 35
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.89
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.61 3.31
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 2.14
Trans Order Code
NA M26
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.07 3.94
Drivetrain
Front-wheel drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.95 1.12
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.85 3.73
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Fiesta Chevrolet Sonic
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Twist Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 (2011) 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 5.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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