2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Best Car for Downsizing?

November 14, 2012

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A friend of mine recently got a job after having been out of work for about a year. Her last car was an Audi A4, which she'd leased for a couple of years. She's currently looking for something smaller, cheaper and more fuel-efficient so she can dig herself out of the hole created by all those months of lost income.

Her plan, she says, is to find an econobox that she'll keep for no longer than two years. After that, she hopes to be able to upgrade to something nicer.

She came to me with her eyes all lit up about the Scion iQ, and she was also considering the Ford Fiesta. I recommended the Fiesta, but gently suggested that from a price and versatility standpoint, the iQ might not be the best choice.

I also suggested that she consider the Chevy Sonic, the Chevy Spark and the Hyundai Accent. Her top lip curled a little bit when I mentioned the Accent -- which just goes to show that despite all the strides Hyundai has made in recent years, there are still folks out there who remember the Excel.

Anyway, which models would you add to this list?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic in NJ is:

$253 per month*
* Explanation