The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, now in its third model year, competes well with other high-volume subcompacts.
The most dated is now the Honda Fit, scheduled to be entirely redesigned next year, but it's still the most versatile inside, and the roomiest as well.
These days, though, it falls down on refinement.
The Ford Fiesta has been restyled for 2014, with MyFordTouch now available, interior refinements, and a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that will boost its fuel efficiency ratings to new heights.
The Toyota Yaris is the same age as the Sonic, but its styling is blander and it's less refined and offers fewer features than other cars in the class.
The Hyundai Accent may represent the best value for money, but it's less fun to drive than the Sonic and others.
Its half-sibling the Kia Rio offers a different set of features, more elegant styling and sharper handling, giving it more of a European feel.
Finally, the Nissan Versa sedan and Versa Note are both cavernous inside and get high gas-mileage ratings, due to their continuously variable transmissions (CVTs).
But both models are numb on the road, can get noisy at speed, and their interior fittings and switches feel downright cheap, well below the rest of the class.
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