Last year (2012) was a pivotal model year for small cars, as the Sonic was all new and several other models its size were completely redesigned.
Of those, the Honda Fit is one of the most dated designs, yet it remains the class champ in many practical aspects; it's still the roomiest, and it has amazing cargo versatility, although it lacks refinement.
The Ford Fiesta has crisp and responsive handling, and more steering feedback than the Sonic, but with a sometimes-lurchy dual-clutch automatic and rather harsh ride, not everyone will find it to their liking.
The Toyota Yaris was also redesigned last year, and while it's styled quite tastefully it's just not as refined or full-featured for the money as some other cars here.
For those concerned primarily with the feature list, the Hyundai Accent is perhaps the best deal; but it's not quite as fun to drive as some of these other entries (including the Sonic).
The Kia Rio is closely related to the Accent, but with a different feature set and somewhat sharper handling, it has more of a Euro style.
|2013 Chevrolet SonicBrowse Used Listings||2013 Ford FiestaBrowse Used Listings||2013 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2013 Hyundai AccentBrowse Used Listings||2013 Toyota YarisBrowse Used Listings|
|25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Subcompact Cars||Subcompact||Small Station Wagon||Compact Cars||Subcompact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Manual LS||4-Door Sedan S||5-Door HB Manual||4-Door Sedan Manual GLS||3-Door Liftback Manual L (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|