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Used Car: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic Review

Review Last Updated: 9/30/14

Reviewers said the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic has a roomy cabin for a subcompact car, and they were impressed with its nimble handling and comfortable ride.

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The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic comes with a four-cylinder engine that reviewers said offers adequate power, though some preferred the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine, noting that it’s smoother, quieter and delivers better fuel economy. Test drivers liked the standard five-speed manual transmission for its smooth clutch action. Some said the available six-speed automatic shifts smoothly, while a few critics thought the shifts weren’t well-timed. A six-speed manual is standard on the turbo model. The base Sonic gets an EPA-estimated 26/35 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. However, models with the turbocharged engine get up to 29/40 mpg, which is excellent for a subcompact car. Automotive writers praised the 2013 Sonic’s responsive steering and said it handles nimbly around corners. They also noted that the Sonic’s ride is well-controlled and compliant, even over rough pavement.

Some reviewers said that the 2013 Chevy Sonic’s cabin is outfitted with basic materials typical for an affordable small car, while others noted that attractive accents and a polished fit and finish give it a sporty edge. Most auto writers said the front seats are comfortable and several noted that the rear seats easily accommodate adults, which is a rare compliment for a subcompact car. With 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space, the Chevy Sonic sedan has a very large trunk compared to rival subcompact sedans. The hatchback can hold 47.7 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded, which is also more space than most rivals offer. The 2013 Sonic comes standard with Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system and an auxiliary input. Available features include Chevrolet’s MyLink touch-screen infotainment system, a USB port, satellite radio and an upgraded six-speaker audio system. Test drivers said that the Sonic’s audio and climate controls are easily reached, and that the stereo offers good sound quality.

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Test drivers said the 2013 Ford Fiesta has a stylish, well-crafted cabin that feels upscale compared to rivals’ cabins. They were also impressed with the Fiesta’s nimble handling. The base Fiesta also gets great fuel economy ratings for the class.

The 2013 Hyundai Accent offers respectable handling and a comfortable ride, auto reviewers reported. They also noted that the Accent’s rear seats have plenty of legroom. In addition, the Accent also gets better fuel economy than the Sonic.

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