Compare 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vs 2012 Toyota Yaris

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
2012 Toyota Yaris
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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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3-Door Liftback Manual L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3-Door Liftback Manual L 30 38 $13,551 $14,115
3-Door Liftback Automatic L 30 35 $14,246 $14,840
5-Door Liftback Automatic L 30 35 $14,534 $15,140
3-Door Liftback Automatic LE 30 35 $15,000 $15,625
5-Door Liftback Automatic LE 30 35 $15,455 $16,100
5-Door Liftback Manual SE 30 38 $15,743 $16,400
5-Door Liftback Automatic SE 30 35 $16,510 $17,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,518
$13,551
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,865
$14,115
Monthly Payment Estimate
$231 / month
$235 / 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. The 2012 Toyota Yaris is fuel-efficient in the city without hybrid hardware, and it has an nicely appointed interior that feels cheerful but not cheapskate; but its weak performance and highway refinement aren't up to current class standards.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Subcompact Car Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
51.4 50.0
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 33.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
51.6 49.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 52.5
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 51.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.4 84.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.3 66.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 58.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.9 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
173.1 153.5
Height, Overall (in)
59.7 59.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.4 57.9
Wheelbase (in)
99.4 98.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.3
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 25.7
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x - TBD - 7.9 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.0 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 NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.2 11.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.5 30.8
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Steering Electric Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P175/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
Q1H NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P175/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
Q1H NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2727 2295
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 5.4
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 103 @ 4200
Engine Order Code
LUW 1NZ
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.5L/91
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300 106 @ 6000
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 30
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.72
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.12 0.96
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.73 3.54
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.25
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 1.90
Trans Order Code
M26 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 3 Door Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Sonic Toyota Yaris
Suspension
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/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.1 5.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 8
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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