Compare 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vs 2012 Ford Fiesta

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
2012 Ford Fiesta
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB LS 26 35 $14,395 $14,765
4-Door Sedan LS 25 35 $14,561 $14,935
4-Door Sedan LT 26 35 $14,462 $15,065
5-Door HB LT 26 35 $15,230 $15,865
4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 35 $15,831 $16,665
5-Door HB LTZ 26 35 $16,496 $17,365
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 28 38 $12,788 $13,200
5-Door HB S 28 38 $13,634 $14,100
4-Door Sedan SE 28 38 $14,170 $14,670
5-Door HB SE 28 38 $15,110 $15,670
4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $15,984 $16,600
5-Door HB SES 28 38 $16,830 $17,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,518
$12,788
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,865
$13,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$231 / month
$220 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces. You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Car Subcompact
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 31.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
51.6 49.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 52.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 49.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.4 85.1
Front Hip Room (in)
51.4 50.6
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.3 67.8
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 57.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
173.1 173.6
Height, Overall (in)
59.7 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.4 57.7
Wheelbase (in)
99.4 98.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 12.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.2 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x - TBD - 7.9 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.2 12.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.5 34.4
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Steering Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
Q1H NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
Q1H NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2727 2578
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 4.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 3800 112 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
LUW 99J
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.6L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300 120 @ 6350
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 28
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.73 3.85
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.28
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.61
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 2.04
Trans Order Code
M26 NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front-wheel drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 4.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.12 0.95
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Sonic Ford Fiesta
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Twist Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.1 5.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7 (2011)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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