2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: How Much Mileage Do You Really Need?

February 23, 2012


Parked the Sonic next to our Prius C test car this morning in the garage. Cute aren't they?

When I got out I noticed that the two cars were alike in more ways than just their paint color. They're both very compact, four-door hatchbacks that boast great mileage. Obviously, the Prius is a hybrid so it gets to lay claim to better overall mileage, but is it really worth it?

Our Sonic cost us $18,700, or about a grand less than the starting price of the Prius. And that's for a fairly loaded up Sonic with plenty of nice features. That Prius might save you a $1,000 in the long run on gas, but I would much rather have the better looking Sonic and it's nicely-tuned suspension. What do you think? Is the Prius C worth it for the mileage alone?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor

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