2016 Chevy Sonic vs. 2016 Ford Fiesta

For those of us who enjoy the easy maneuverability that can’t be found in standard sedans and SUVs, the choice often comes down to the many hatchbacks that have emerged in recent years. Then, when the available hatchbacks are broken down even further, it’s important to identify the traits that are indispensable to a buyer’s satisfaction -- namely, the traits of performance, efficiency and interior versatility. When looking at these traits, how does the 2016 Chevy Sonic hatchback compare to one of its fiercest rivals, the 2016 Ford Fiesta?

When looking at the base engines of the two -- a 1.8L four-cylinder for the Sonic, a 1.6L four-cylinder for the Fiesta -- it’s clear that the Sonic returns a greater degree of performance, with an edge of 18 standard horsepower. While the standard fuel economy of the two models is relatively similar, the Sonic also offers a much more spacious interior cabin, with nearly twice the cubic feet in terms of cargo capacity. Finally, the Sonic offers the class-exclusive 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, delivering a level of tech and convenience that the 2016 Ford Fiesta simply can’t match.

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2016 Chevy Sonic Vs. 2016 Ford Fiesta
1.8L four-cylinder Base Engine 1.6L four-cylinder
138 hp Horsepower 120 hp
47.7 cu.ft. Max Cargo Capacity 25.4 cu.ft.
Yes Available 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot No

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While we deal only with the standard 1.8L four-cylinder engine in the discussion above, the 2016 Chevy Sonic also offers an available 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain as well. Those who opt for this power platform -- offered most famously on the Sonic RS -- enjoy a stout 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, making for a vehicle that is both sporty and composed when you need it to be. Additionally, since the 2016 Chevy Sonic delivers up to 40 highway mpg, fuel stops will be infrequent as well.

This infrequency of fuel stops allows drivers to enjoy all of the engaging tech options that are now available in the 2016 Sonic, and while the 4G LTE WiFi hotspot garners much of the praise, it is far from alone in this regard. The RemoteLink Key Fob Service allows users to easily start, lock or unlock their Sonic using just their smartphone, while crash mitigation features such as Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning contribute to its selection as a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Rounding out the terrific tech options found on the 2016 Chevy Sonic is updated Chevy MyLink interface, which allows users to stream music or enjoy phone connectivity, all of which is projected on the available 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen.

The 2016 Chevy Sonic is now available at Jack Burford Chevy in Richmond, KY, located a short drive from such communities as Lexington, Winchester and Danville. To learn more or to schedule a test drive, visit our dealership today!

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