The 2014 Chevy Sonic offers seating for four, but in most uses, it'll likely hold one or two people. And they'll be surprised at how much space it offers for their various goods, especially if they fold down the rear seat (on either body style).
The sedan has a remarkably large 19-cubic-foot trunk under the elongated roofline, making it possible to accommodate long packages and still close the lid. And the hatchback opens to a 14-cubic-foot cargo bay that can be accessed through either rear door and the hatch as well. The Honda Fit still outguns the Sonic hatchback as the flexibility and cargo king, but the Sonic puts up a respectable defense. Its load floor is high, although it contains a hidden storage area underneath large enough to hold a laptop bag.
The seats are consistent front and rear--not always the case in subcompacts--and two adults will fit comfortably up front. Adults can fit themselves into the rear, too, but they'll have to negotiate with the folks up front to get sufficient legroom, and they'll still find they may be short on headroom.
All passengers will find their ride pleasantly quiet, with one of the best-insulated cabins in the class. Engine noise and road noise are muted, and the ride is smooth as well. Refinement suffers a bit if you order the largest 17-inch wheels (fitted to the LTZ and RS models), so stick with a mid-level trim for the quietest ride and best isolation from coarse pavement surfaces.
Behind the wheel, the column-mounted gauge cluster may look gimmicky--its styling is "motorcycle inspired," says Chevy--but it moves with the steering wheel and so is always perfectly placed. There are also plenty of trays, bins, and cubbies up front to hold glasses, toll tickets, change, phones, sodas, and all the rest of the stuff you carry in your car these days. The rear seat isn't so generous, though.