I haven't posted on here in awhile. I bought a Honda VX a little more than 2 years ago. Have been enjoying the car, yet the VX is a pretty bare-bones vehicle and I'm urning for a little more creature comfort and safety for interstate driving. I've averaged 42mpg city/highway and realize that there are few cars that can beat that for sale today, at a price I can afford, yet....
I'm considering the Chevy Sonic. I've been excited to read about this car and have been waiting for the official MPG numbers. They keep quoting 40mpg highway, but if this is the same 1.4 turbo that's in the Cruise ECO and it's getting 42, won't the 500lb less Sonic do better?
Wondered if anyone had any info on this, and thoughts along these lines.
I think I might have seen a hatchback a couple days ago. Thought it was a Scion or Toyota Matrix at first.
The 1.4 turbo is in most Cruze trims, and the Eco has a few more tricks for fuel economy. Mostly in transmission I believe.
If you mostly pulse and coast, the 1.4 may not work out. For the Cruze, it is difficult to pulse without going into boost. The lighter Sonic should do better, but Cleanmpg got better results driving with load with the Cruze.
It looks and sounds better than the Aveo, but I would avoid the first year. My HHR seemed to have every flaw and bug.
Note: I skipped other manufacturers due to lack of participation in this market segment...unless I missed some models, which is possible. Chrysler and Dodge don't seem to have anything remotely similar. Mitsubishi and Subaru don't seem to have anything with a competitive price or fuel economy. Suzuki doesn't come close to these MPG numbers.
Whatever the weight, Sonic's FE is on par with the other cars in the segment. Depending on how accurate those provided estimates are, it may be near the top or may be middle of the pack. Horsepower shares the top spot with Hyundai. Sounds respectable enough to me.
That Nissan Versa sedan's price is surprising, and its interior space somehow equals that of the Versa hatchback.
a big plus is that it is "assembled" in the US...or so i understand. many(most?) of these cars have some combo of foreign and domestic parts, but i like bringing the jobs here at least for putting the little guy together.