2016 Chevrolet Sonic vs. Its Competition

2015 Chevrolet Sonic

The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic remains a strong competitor even after five years.

But the Honda Fit, all-new last year, retains its crown as the single most versatile subcompact, with its "Magic Seat" that folds into multiple configurations like origami.

The Ford Fiesta, updated two years ago, is smaller inside but wins for sporty driving feel and a new 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbo engine than can deliver a real-world 40 mpg.

The Nissan Versa is by far the most capacious car in the segment, though it's let down by its grim interior and joyless driving.

The Hyundai Accent too wins on value for money but little else, and the Toyota Yaris doesn't stand out on any front—if you want a small and fuel-efficient Toyota, get the Prius C hatchback instead.

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Quick Specs
7.8
Despite its five years largely unchanged, the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic remains stylish and comfortable, and it scores big not only on safety ratings, but also driving fun.
7.6
The 2016 Fiesta offers fun and features not expected at these prices, but it lacks interior space compared to top rivals.
8.0
The 2016 Honda Fit isn't as entertaining to drive as it once was, but it's unmatched in safety and space, thanks to the Magic Seat.
6.6
The 2016 Hyundai Accent is a practical and economical subcompact car, but crash-test scores are below par.
6.2
The 2016 Nissan Versa sedan and Versa Note hatchback are no-frills transportation with plenty of space, but poor safety and performance ratings.
MSRP From    
$14,345$14,580$15,890$14,745$11,990
Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual SE4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanHatchbackSedanSedan
Transmission    
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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