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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|25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Subcompact Cars||Subcompact||Small Station Wagon||Compact Cars||Subcompact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Manual LS||4-Door Sedan S||5-Door HB Manual||4-Door Sedan Manual GLS||3-Door Liftback Manual L (SE)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
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