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Pros: A pleasant ride, impressive safety content, good visibility, as well as an available turbo engine and MyLink infotainment system make the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic a compelling sub-compact car.



Cons: The base powerplant is not really fuel-efficient, material quality is disappointing, and the rear seats prove tight and uncomfortable.

2014 Chevrolet Sonic Price: The sedan offers three trim levels -- LS, LT, and LTZ -- with prices starting at $13,995. The hatchback comes in LS, LT, LTZ, and RS models ranging from $14,495 to $23,995. That does not include options and other charges.

2014 Chevrolet Sonic Fuel Economy: Ratings for the base engine in the city are 7.7L/100km and 8.3L/100km for the manual and automatic versions, respectively. On the highway, they drop to around 5.5L/100km. 

Meanwhile, the turbo engine sips between 7.3-7.8L/100km in the city, and 5.1-5.6L/100km on the highway, depending on the transmission. The sporty RS model is a bit thirstier, though.
 
Chevrolet Sonic 2014
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Improvements and Changes: All-new for 2014 (available on LT and LTZ models) is the Advanced Safety Package that includes Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. A rearview camera has also been added to the options list.

2014 Chevrolet Sonic Powertrain: The 1.8L 4-cylinder Ecotec produces 138 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque via a standard 5-speed manual gearbox or optional 6-speed automatic transmission. 

LTZ and RS models use a 1.4L turbocharged Ecotec that also generates 138 horsepower, but increases peak torque to 148 lb-ft. With this mill, the manual transmission gains a sixth gear, and the automatic is once again optional.

Cargo Capacity: The sedan can load up to 422 litres in its trunk -- more than a number of compact cars. The 5-door hatchback can hold 538 litres of cargo behind the rear seats, and 1,351 litres when you fold them down.

Safety: Boasting a 5-star NHTSA safety rating, the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic comes standard with no fewer than 10 airbags, OnStar assistance, stability control, and hill-start assist.

Comparing the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic: Several other sub-compact cars are available on the Canadian market including the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mazda 2, Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa Note, and Toyota Yaris.