Compare 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vs 2012 Ford Fiesta vs 2012 Mazda MAZDA2

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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2012 Ford Fiesta
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2012 Mazda MAZDA2
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4-Door Sedan LS 1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonic 4-Door Sedan LS 1LS 26 35 $13,518 $13,865
Sonic 4-Door Sedan LS 2LS 25 35 $14,561 $14,935
Sonic 4-Door Sedan LT 1LT 26 35 $14,462 $15,065
Sonic 4-Door Sedan LT 2LT 25 35 $15,489 $16,135
Sonic 4-Door Sedan LTZ 1LZ 26 35 $15,831 $16,665
Sonic 4-Door Sedan LTZ 2LZ 25 35 $17,028 $17,925
Sonic 5-Door HB LS 1LS 26 35 $14,395 $14,765
Sonic 5-Door HB LS 2LS 25 35 $15,439 $15,835
Sonic 5-Door HB LT 1LT 26 35 $15,230 $15,865
Sonic 5-Door HB LT 2LT 25 35 $16,257 $16,935
Sonic 5-Door HB LTZ 1LZ 26 35 $16,496 $17,365
Sonic 5-Door HB LTZ 2LZ 25 35 $17,693 $18,625
Select style
4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fiesta 4-Door Sedan S 28 38 $12,788 $13,200
Fiesta 4-Door Sedan SE 28 38 $14,170 $14,670
Fiesta 4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $15,984 $16,600
Fiesta 5-Door HB S 28 38 $13,634 $14,100
Fiesta 5-Door HB SE 28 38 $15,110 $15,670
Fiesta 5-Door HB SES 28 38 $16,830 $17,500
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4-Door HB Automatic Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda2 4-Door HB Automatic Sport 28 34 $15,167 $15,370
Mazda2 4-Door HB Automatic Touring 28 34 $16,636 $16,860
Mazda2 4-Door HB Manual Sport 29 35 $14,339 $14,530
Mazda2 4-Door HB Manual Touring 29 35 $15,807 $16,020
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,518
$12,788
$15,167
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,865
$13,200
$15,370
Monthly Payment Estimate
$231 / month
$220 / month
$256 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.6
7.0
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. With a zippy driving feel and good real-world gas mileage, the 2012 Mazda2 really stands out among entry-level vehicles.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 28 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 38 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4 4
EPA Classification
Subcompact Car Subcompact - TBD -
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 49.0 51.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.2 42.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.4 85.1 87.1
Front Hip Room (in)
51.4 50.6 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 31.2 33.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.1 39.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
51.6 49.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 52.7 52.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.1 37.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
59.7 58.0 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.4 57.7 57.7
Wheelbase (in)
99.4 98.0 98.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.3 67.8 66.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 57.7 58.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.9 - TBD - 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
173.1 173.6 155.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 12.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 27.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 13.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x - TBD - 7.9 x - TBD - 8 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.2 x - TBD - 10.1 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.2 12.0 11.3
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Steering Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 14.3 15
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.5 34.4 32.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact T115/70D14
Front Tire Order Code
Q1H NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P185/65R15 P185/55R15
Rear Tire Order Code
Q1H NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P185/65R15 P185/55R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2727 2578 2359
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact 14 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 4.8 5.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 - TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300 120 @ 6350 100 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 3800 112 @ 5000 98 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LUW 99J NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.6L/97 1.5L/91
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 28 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 33 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 38 34
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.61 2.27
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 2.04 1.55
Trans Order Code
M26 NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front-wheel drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 4.07 4.14
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.12 0.95 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.73 3.85 2.81
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.28 1.00
Trans Type
5 5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 0.76 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Sonic Ford Fiesta Mazda Mazda2
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan 4 Door HB
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Twist Beam Torsion Beam Axle
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.1 5.7 6.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7 (2011) 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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