Compare 2018 Chevrolet Sonic vs 2018 Chevrolet Spark

2018 Chevrolet Sonic
2018 Chevrolet Spark
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4-Door Sedan Automatic LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Automatic LS 25 34 $15,859 $16,520
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Automatic LT 25 34 $17,683 $18,420
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Automatic Premier 27 35 $19,699 $20,520
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Manual LS 26 35 $14,683 $15,295
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Manual LT 28 37 $17,011 $17,720
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Manual Premier 28 37 $19,027 $19,820
Sonic 5-Door HB Automatic LT w/1SD 25 34 $18,451 $19,220
Sonic 5-Door HB Automatic Premier 27 35 $20,467 $21,320
Sonic 5-Door HB Manual LT 26 35 $17,107 $17,820
Sonic 5-Door HB Manual Premier 28 37 $19,027 $19,820
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4-Door HB CVT ACTIV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Spark 4-Door HB CVT ACTIV 30 37 $16,617 $17,220
Spark 4-Door HB CVT LS 30 38 $13,654 $14,150
Spark 4-Door HB CVT LT w/1LT 30 38 $15,415 $15,975
Spark 4-Door HB CVT LT w/2LT 30 38 $16,863 $17,475
Spark 4-Door HB Manual ACTIV 29 38 $15,555 $16,120
Spark 4-Door HB Manual LS 29 39 $12,593 $13,050
Spark 4-Door HB Manual LT w/1LT 29 39 $14,354 $14,875
Spark 4-Door HB Manual LT w/2LT 29 39 $15,801 $16,375

Pricing

Invoice Price

$15,859
$16,617

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$16,520
$17,220

Monthly Payment Estimate

$275 / month
$287 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.0
5.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic remains a good choice among subcompacts, though it’s now aging and losing some luster. The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is a better minicar than competitors, but a larger subcompact or compact simply offers more—at a price that’s likely close.

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Fuel Economy

City

25 mpg 30 mpg

Highway

34 mpg 37 mpg

Vehicle

Number of Passenger Doors

4 4

EPA Classification

Compact Cars Subcompact Car

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

51.60 48.0

Front Shoulder Room (in)

53.40 50.8

Passenger Volume (ft³)

90.3 83.0

Second Head Room (in)

37.80 37.0

Second Shoulder Room (in)

53.00 49.8

Front Leg Room (in)

41.80 41.7

Passenger Capacity

5 4

Front Hip Room (in)

51.40 48.2

Second Leg Room (in)

34.60 33.0

Front Head Room (in)

38.70 39.0

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

59.40 54.5

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Length, Overall (in)

173.90 143.1

Height, Overall (in)

59.70 58.76

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.40 54.5

Wheelbase (in)

99.40 93.9

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

68.30 62.8

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.9 -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

- 27.2

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

- 11.1

Brakes

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 - - TBD -

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.8 x 1.0 - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

12.2 9.2

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- TBD - - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.5 33.8

Steering Type

Electric Pwr Steering Electric

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

N/A NA

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

Q1H QGD

Front Tire Size

P195/65R15 P185/55R15

Spare Tire Size

T115/70R16 T105/70D14

Front Tire Order Code

Q1H QGD

Spare Tire Order Code

ZAD ZAL

Rear Tire Size

P195/65R15 P185/55R15

Trailering

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

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2837 2312

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - 14 x 4.5

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -

Front Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

438 375

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

100 80

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

125 @ 3800 94 @ 4400

Engine Order Code

LUW LV7

Displacement

1.8L/110 1.4L/- TBD -

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

138 @ 6300 98 @ 6200

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas I4

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

34 37

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

25 30

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

28 33

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.91 NA

Trans Type

6 1

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.94 - TBD -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.90 NA

Trans Order Code

MH9 MR8

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.47 3.76

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.45 NA

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.70 NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.50 - TBD -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Chevrolet Sonic Chevrolet Spark

Body Style

Sedan Hatchback

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

NA N/A

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Semi-Independent Torsion Beam Compound Crank

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

NA N/A

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

NA - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Emissions

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

6.3 5.3

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

- - 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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