2013 Chevrolet Sonic LT 1.4 turbo from North America
In my opinion there's no better value on the market
Ergonomically a good fit; I am 6'3" tall. Good vision out of the car, excellent tachometer and speedometer.
Nothing corners as well for the money.
Get the manual transmission, do not get the 1.8, which needs a timing belt at 100,000 miles.
I have the hatchback, handy sometimes, but if I had it to do it over I would get the sedan and save $1000. I also have the upgraded radio/MP3 player with apps that you can use with a smart phone.
The back of the hatchback gets dirty quick.
I average 39 MPG on 87 octane gasoline, all driving done in the St. Louis metro area.
Bought mine at the end of October marked down $3000. Traded in a Ford Focus, couldn't stand the rattling headliner, low MPG, the automated manual transmission, and the glitchy infotainment systems. Before that I had a 99 Civic Si, a damn good car that was still trouble free. It revved 4000 RPM at 70 though and only got 31 MPG on 91 octane gas. I prefer my Sonic except for the shifter; nothing has a better shifter than a Civic Si. The Sonic runs 65 mph at 2000 RPM; I have the optional 3.65 gear, still with the turbo the car doesn't need to be downshifted much. With a tune you can raise the horsepower from 138 to 170; of course then you have to use 93 octane.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd June, 2015