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2014 Chevrolet Sonic 2014 Ford Fiesta 2014 Volkswagen Beetle
Sedan LS Manual
  • Sedan LS Manual
  • Hatch LS Manual
  • Sedan LS Auto
  • Sedan LT Manual
  • Hatch LS Auto
  • Hatch LT Manual
  • Sedan LT Auto
  • Sedan LTZ Manual
  • Hatch LT Auto
  • Hatch LTZ Manual
  • Sedan LTZ Auto
  • Hatch LTZ Auto
  • Hatch RS Manual
  • Hatch RS Auto
4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn S
  • 5dr HB S
  • 4dr Sdn SE
  • 5dr HB SE
  • 4dr Sdn Titanium
  • 5dr HB Titanium
  • 5dr HB ST
2dr Auto 2.5L *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr Man 2.5L *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr Man 1.8T
  • 2dr Auto 2.5L *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr Auto 1.8T
  • 2dr Man 2.5L w/Sun *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr Man 1.8T w/Sun
  • 2dr Auto 2.5L w/Sun *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr Auto 1.8T w/Sun
  • 2dr Man 2.0L TDI
  • 2dr Man 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr Man 1.8T w/Sun/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr Man 2.0T Turbo R-Line
  • 2dr Auto 2.5L *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr Auto 1.8T
  • 2dr DSG 2.0L TDI
  • 2dr Auto 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr Auto 1.8T w/Sun/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr DSG 2.0T Turbo R-Line
  • 2dr Auto 2.5L w/Tech *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr Auto 1.8T w/Tech
  • 2dr Man 2.0L TDI w/Sun/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr Man 2.0T Turbo R-Line w/Sun/Sound
  • 2dr DSG 2.0L TDI w/Sun/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr Man 2.0L TDI
  • 2dr DSG 2.0T Turbo R-Line w/Sun/Sound
  • 2dr Auto 2.5L w/Sound/Nav *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr Man 2.0T R-Line
  • 2dr Auto 1.8T w/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr DSG 2.0L TDI
  • 2dr Man 2.0T Turbo GSR
  • 2dr Man 2.0L TDI w/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr Man 2.0T Turbo R-Line w/Sun/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr DSG 2.0T R-Line
  • 2dr Man 2.0T R-Line w/Sound
  • 2dr DSG 2.0T Turbo GSR
  • 2dr DSG 2.0L TDI w/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr DSG 2.0T Turbo R-Line w/Sun/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sound
  • 2dr Man 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr DSG 2.0T R-Line w/Sound/Nav

Prices

MSRP $14,170 $14,100 $21,395
Invoice $13,816 $13,571 $20,539
Avg. Paid $14,960 $14,687 N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 8.4 7.3
Critics' Rating 8.8 9.4 7.6
Performance 7.7 8.7 7.4
Interior 7.8 8.5 7.0
Safety 9.2 8.0 8.8
Reliability 3.0 2.0 2.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Roomy cabin and trunk
  • Excellent handling
  • Great safety score
  • Upscale interior
  • Comfortable seats
  • Athletic handling
  • Composed handling
  • Numerous standard features
Cons
  • Base model gets poor fuel economy
  • Less cargo space than rival hatchbacks
  • Base model has unimpressive fuel economy
  • High price for the class

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 1.8L/110 Regular Unleaded I-4 1.6 L/97 Regular Unleaded I-5 2.5 L/151
MPG 26 City / 35 Hwy 28 City / 36 Hwy 22 City / 29 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Sedan Hatchback

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 99.40 98 100
Length, Overall (in) 173.10 173.6 168.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.30 67.8 71.2
Height, Overall (in) 59.70 58 58.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2727 2578 2983

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Optional Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 90.3 85.1 85.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.70 39.1 39.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.80 42.2 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.40 52.7 55.3
Front Hip Room (in) 51.40 50.6
Second Head Room (in) 37.80 37.1 37.1
Second Leg Room (in) 34.60 31.2 31.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.00 49 49
Second Hip Room (in) 51.60 49.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 29.9
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.9 12.8

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Optional Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-5
Displacement 1.8L/110 1.6 L/97 2.5 L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 138 @ 6300 120 @ 6350 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 125 @ 3800 112 @ 5000 177 @ 4250
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 34.5 34.4 35.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 28 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 36 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.2 12 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Torsion Beam Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Optional Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional Standard
6-Speed Automatic Optional Standard
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard