Compare 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vs 2012 Hyundai Accent

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
2012 Hyundai Accent
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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
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4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Accent 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 28 37 $14,871 $15,295
Accent 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 37 $12,244 $12,545
Accent 5-Door HB Automatic GS 28 37 $15,444 $15,895
Accent 5-Door HB Automatic SE 28 37 $16,399 $16,895
Accent 5-Door HB Manual GS 28 37 $14,298 $14,695
Accent 5-Door HB Manual SE 28 37 $15,444 $15,895

Pricing

Invoice Price

$13,518
$14,871

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$13,865
$15,295

Monthly Payment Estimate

$231 / month
$255 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.0
7.2

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. Do Americans want small cars with more room and great gas mileage? The 2012 Hyundai Accent is betting they do--and so are we.

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Fuel Economy

City

26 mpg 28 mpg

Highway

35 mpg 37 mpg

Vehicle

Number of Passenger Doors

4 -

EPA Classification

Compact Cars Compact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Shoulder Room (in)

53.0 53.4

Front Leg Room (in)

41.8 41.8

Passenger Volume (ft³)

90.4 89.7

Front Hip Room (in)

51.4 51.3

Second Leg Room (in)

34.6 33.3

Front Head Room (in)

38.7 39.9

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Hip Room (in)

51.6 47.2

Front Shoulder Room (in)

53.4 53.7

Second Head Room (in)

37.8 37.2

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in)

59.7 57.1

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.4 59.5

Wheelbase (in)

99.4 101.2

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

68.3 66.9

Track Width, Front (in)

59.4 59.3

Min Ground Clearance (in)

4.9 5.5

Length, Overall (in)

173.1 172.0

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.9 13.7

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

NA 10.3 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

9.0 x - TBD - NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.8 x - TBD - 10.1 x - TBD -

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Yes NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

NA Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

12.2 11.4

Steering

Steering Type

Electric Pwr Steering Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.8 2.9

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

NA - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

14.1 14.9

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.5 34.1

Tires

Spare Tire Size

Compact NA

Front Tire Order Code

Q1H NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P195/65R15 P175/70R14

Rear Tire Order Code

Q1H NA

Front Tire Size

P195/65R15 P175/70R14

Trailering

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2727 2463

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 14 x 5.0

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel

Spare Wheel Material

Steel NA

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 14 x 5.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 5.7

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

100 90

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

438 - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

138 @ 6300 138 @ 6300

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas I4

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

125 @ 3800 123 @ 4850

Engine Order Code

LUW NA

Displacement

1.8L/110 1.6L/97

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

26 28 (Est)

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

29 31 (Est)

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

35 37 (Est)

Transmission

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.31 3.44

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.14 2.72

Trans Order Code

M26 NA

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.94 2.93

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.12 1.39

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Automatic w/manual shift

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 0.77

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

NA -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.73 4.40

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.41 1.83

Trans Type

5 6

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.89 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Summary

Vehicle Name

Chevrolet Sonic Hyundai Accent

Body Style

4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

NA - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut

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 Torsion Beam

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.1 - TBD -

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

7 - TBD -

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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