2018 Chevrolet Sonic vs. Its Competition

2018 Chevrolet Sonic

The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic faces off against pretty much the same set of competitors it’s had for several years now.

In the subcompact segment, only the Hyundai Accent is new this year; we haven’t driven it yet, but on paper, it offers good value and some of the latest infotainment and safety features.

The Honda Fit, new in 2015, remains a favorite in the segment for the unparalleled flexibility of its Magic Seat interior, which can turn the small hatchback into a veritable moving van if required.

For interior space, it’s the Nissan Versa, though passenger volume comes at the cost of substandard finishes and switchgear.

The Ford Fiesta still wins on the fun-to-drive scale, but it’s now both the oldest and smallest car in the segment.

Finally, an underappreciated gem is the Toyota Yaris iA sedan (actually a Mazda is disguise), which is both fun to drive and surprisingly large inside.

It’s a far better car than the aging Yaris hatchback, with which it shares only a badge.

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The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic remains a good choice among subcompacts, though it’s now aging and losing some luster.
The teensy 2018 Ford Fiesta lives its best life as a scintillating turbo-4 ST.
The 2018 Honda Fit spaces out when it comes to economy-car goodness.
The 2018 Hyundai Accent clouds the new-or-used question, but only in well-equipped Limited trim.
The Nissan Versa is affordable transportation that has an appealing price—especially for students. It’s not quick but it is spacious, especially in hatchback form.
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