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Guillaume Rivard
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.

Guillaume Rivard
Guillaume Rivard
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