2013 Chevrolet Sonic vs. Its Competition

2013 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Last year (2012) was a pivotal model year for small cars, as the Sonic was all new and several other models its size were completely redesigned.

The Honda Fit, the leader in the small-car game, may wear some of the oldest clothes in class but it remains the champ in many practical aspects; it's still the roomiest and it has amazing cargo versatility.

But it isn't the most refined option.

The Ford Fiesta is a handler, sporting steering feedback more direct than the Sonic; it also has an Achilles's heel—a sometimes-lurchy dual-clutch automatic.

The Toyota Yaris was also redesigned last year, and while it's styled quite tastefully it's just not as refined or full-featured for the money as some other cars here.

For those concerned primarily with the feature list, the Hyundai Accent is perhaps the best deal; but it's not quite as engaging to flog as other entries in the segment (including the Sonic).

The Kia Rio is closely related to the Accent, but with a different feature set and somewhat sharper handling, it has more of a Euro style.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic swaps econobox blues for sporty driving feel as well as safety, refinement, and comfort.
7.6
Small cars don't need to be bland--the 2013 Ford Fiesta proves that with a saucy look and pert handling.
7.2
If you're not turned off by the utilitarian look of the 2013 Honda Fit, you'll like what you get, which is awesome practicality and space-efficiency, plus some driving verve.
7.2
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is one of the best-equipped small cars, and it gets very good gas mileage, but it's not quite as exciting to drive as it looks.
7.2
The 2013 Toyota Yaris holds true to its promise as a maneuverable, economical car for city commuting--with a cheerful, well-designed interior--but highway refinement and weak performance are major drawbacks.
MSRP From    
$14,185$13,200$15,425$14,545$14,370
Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsSubcompactSmall Station WagonCompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual GLS3-Door Liftback Manual L (SE)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
44N/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanHatchbackSedanHatchback
Transmission    
ManualManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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