Honda Fit Vs. Ford Focus and Chevy Sonic
Available as a sedan or hatchback, the Chevy Sonic is perfect for the first time car buyer or as a nimble second car for running around town. When looking for a car in this class, I also considered the Honda Fit, Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta. All of the cars are approximately the same size and in the same price bracket, but I found the Chevrolet hatchback suited my needs the best and the price for a sporty little turbo-charged car that is fun to drive, can’t be beat.
Yes, you heard me right. The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is available with a turbo-charged four-cylinder power plant. The base engine is a 1.8-liter four cylinder that produces 138 horsepower and puts out 125-pound feet of torque. The turbo-charged engine, which is standard on the LTZ and RS models and as an option on other models, produces the same 138 horsepower as the base engine. However, the turbo-charged 1.4-liter four cylinder turns out 148 pound feet of torque and is mated to a six speed manual transmission which gives you quicker acceleration.
Fun Little Car
I know, you aren’t looking at small cars for their performance, but it never hurts to have a car that is fun! It makes running around town to do your errands easier, and the ease of loading and unloading a hatchback is a handy feature. The sedan model sports a trunk with ample space and the back seat of both models is roomy enough for full size adults. Laying the rear seats flat gives you ample room for groceries, packages or the family pet.
Mileage for the Chevrolet Sonic is a respectable 26/35 miles per gallon city/highway, which is comparable to the Sonic’s competitors, but there is more to a car than mileage, especially when the numbers are so close.
Where the Sonic really shines is its price. Even when you purchase an LTZ or RS Sonic, the price will come in hundreds of dollars less than comparable automobiles and thousands of dollars will be saved when pitting the cost of the Chevy against the Volkswagen Golf.
The Chevy Sonic comes well equipped and the base LS model comes standard with automatic headlights, manual mirrors with blind spot monitoring, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, manual windows, remote keyless entry, 60/40 split back rear seats and a tilt and telescope steering wheel. For electronic features, there is Bluetooth audio connectivity, an auxiliary input jack, OnStar with 4G LTE WI-Fi and four speakers – all standard in the base model Chevy Sonic.
Stepping up to the LT trim level will add remote ignition, heated mirrors, upgraded cloth and two more speakers, as well as many other features.
Stepping up again to the turbo models, the LTZ replaces the 15 inch wheels and throws on a set of 17-inch alloy wheels to give your Chevy Sonic a more aggressive look. You also get a rearview camera, an infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen interface and more.
If you opt for the RS, as I did, you get a sport-tuned suspension and body accents that include a rear spoiler and body kit. The upholstery gets a suede treatment and you get four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power.
Take a Test Drive
The best way to decide on a car is to take it for a spin. Head over to your local Valley Chevy dealer to test drive one of the different Chevy Sonic models. Try a couple while you’re there, as there are plenty of options to choose from at each of your local Valley Chevy dealers.