2015 Chevrolet Sonic vs. Its Competition

2015 Chevrolet Sonic
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

Now four years into production, the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is a legitimate contender in its segment.

The Honda Fit remains the most versatile with its origami-like folding seats.

The Fiesta offers more technology than the Sonic and a new 1.0-liter turbo-three-cylinder engine.

The Yaris feel anonymous by comparison.

The Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio may offer better value in the segment, but they're less fun to drive.

Finally, the Nissan Versa and Versa Note are big on leg room, but small on interior finishes and driving comfort.

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7.6
The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is comfortable, stylish, safe, and drives well, and almost completely blots out our memory of a much worse Chevy Aveo from the past.
7.6
The 2015 Fiesta lineup is proof that small cars don't have to be feature free, and you can even have a bit of fun while saving fuel.
8.2
The 2015 Honda Fit might not up the ante in sportiness, but it offers up exactly what urban small-car shoppers want in safety and convenience features—and it's still as good as some utility vehicles or vans with its wondrous, unmatched Magic Seat setup.
7.0
The 2015 Hyundai Accent emphasizes comfort and equipment over driver enjoyment, and it remains a good value even if it's not as cheap as it once was.
6.6
The 2015 Nissan Versa sedan and Versa Note hatchback are as about as inexpensive and no-frills as new cars get today. Spacious interiors and and decent ride comfort are their strong points, and they're best matched up against slightly upmarket, late-model used cars.
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The 2015 Toyota Yaris gets an eye-catching new face, spruced-up interior trims, and a somewhat quieter interior, but it lags behind the current crop of U.S.-market subcompacts in many ways.
MSRP From     
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Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
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Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
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