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Shopping for a new Chevrolet Sonic? MSRP: $14,185 - $21,470
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GREEN | 8 out of 10
26 mpg city, 35 highway (manual 1.8); 25/35 (auto 1.8); 29/40 (manual 1.4T)
the Sonic weighs in at some 2800 pounds, a good 300-pounds more than most entries in the segment
If you're looking at the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic as a way to cut your fuel budget, the base model might not be the way. With the 1.8-liter, the Sonic's gas mileage ratings aren't that much better than those of a base, mid-size sedan, like the Sonata or Camry.
On the other hand, the 1.4T engine is a relatively inexpensive option on LT and LTZ models and gets better ratings of 29 mpg city, 40 highway, or 25/35 with the automatic. It's also worth pointing out that ratings for manual RS models will be somewhat lower as well.
If you're thinking of paying extra for the 1.4T, it's a difference that may just pay off in the long run; unlike many turbocharged engines, the 1.4T has been tuned and engineered to run on regular unleaded fuel.
Option up to the 1.4T engine in the 2013 Chevy Sonic, and you'll get up to 40 mpg.