2016 Chevrolet Sonic vs 2016 Honda Fit
2016 Honda Fit vs 2016 Chevy Sonic
For anyone who is looking for a subcompact car with high fuel efficiency ratings but the comfort of a large interior, there is sure to be a showdown between the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic and the 2016 Honda Fit.
Both cars have similar rankings as far as safety and fuel economy go, but there are a few distinguishing features of each. Let’s take a closer look.
Under the Hood
Both the 2016 Honda Fit and the Chevy Sonic are equipped with smaller four cylinder engines which give them an advantage in fuel savings. The Chevy has included electronic fuel injection and brings 125 lb-ft of torque with 138 horsepower to the table. This is accomplished with their 1.8L engine. By contrast, Honda offers a slightly smaller 1.5L engine that produces 114 lb-ft of torque and 130 horsepower. Neither of these cars is necessarily designed for a race, but the Sonic definitely has a little more power at acceleration.
Of course, with all the effort made to reduce the engine size and produce a purely economical car, the Chevy and Honda are still very close. Overall, Chevy offers a city rating of 24-27 mpg, and a highway rating of 33-37 mpg. The Honda comes in slightly ahead with 29-32 city and 37-38 highway. This slight difference in fuel economy can be attributed to Chevy's heftier weight of 2733 pounds as compared to Honda's 2513 pound weight.
The biggest difference between the Chevy Sonic and the Honda Fit is the configuration of the doors. The Chevy is designed to be a sub-compact sedan while the Honda is a hatchback with a little more utility space. Overall the Chevy is designed to comfortably seat 5 with a trunk space of 14.9 cubic feet. The Honda has 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up. Since the Chevy is designed to move people as opposed to things, the back seat has a bit more space for passengers with wider hip and shoulder width so it can fit five real passengers without feeling cramped.
The overall driver experience of the two cars is similar, but some owners complain that the Honda's seats are not as comfortable as they could be. In addition, the Honda seems to produce more road noise, especially when it is revving high on the interstate. The Sonic comes equipped with coil springs as opposed to struts, giving it a slightly smoother ride and more relaxed handling.
Remarkably, both the Chevy Sonic and the Honda Fit have earned four and a half star safety rankings. They both managed to secure five stars in all but one category, rollover ratings. This includes ratings for all airbags and safety features in the front and sides.
The last major difference between the Chevy Sonic and the Honda Fit is the price. The Sonic starts in the $14,000 range and has additional features available bringing it all the way up to $20,000. The Fit, on the other hand, starts out at $15,000 and goes to $19,000 but has fewer available upgrades and tech options for the buyer. Chevy is also offering small rebates to buyers, which results in lower payments overall for their cars.
Ultimately, the Chevy Sonic and the Honda Fit are close contenders for someone who is looking for a highly efficient, but small car that is still able to comfortably handle five passengers.
The two cars perform almost equally in terms of crash test ratings and fuel efficiency, but have minor differences. Depending on your need for space, the Chevy tends to get higher rankings for passenger and driver comfort and a much smoother ride overall, as well as having a little bit more power than the Fit.
The final deciding factor is Chevy's lower sticker price and rebate offering which can bring the Sonic down almost $2,000 below the Fit for people who are shopping on a budget. This can be a huge bonus when coupled with the extra power and better driver experience that Chevy has to offer.
To see the new 2016 Chevy Sonic up close and enjoy a test drive, please visit any of your local Valley Chevy dealers today.