2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: I'd Get the Hatch
November 19, 2012
If I were considering a subcompact 4-door car that offered the choice between a sedan and hatchback, I'd go hatchback every time. Sure, I like the more upscale look that a sedan body style typically provides. But when you're talking about a vehicle segment where practicality is paramount (and it's usually the buyer's only car), I'll forgo that and take the hatch. With the rear seats in use, the Sonic hatch offers 19 cubic feet of cargo space to the sedan's 14.9 cubes.
The big advantage of course is when you flop those rear seats down. Although specs are not available for what the sedan provides in that mode, it certainly couldn't touch the hatch's generous 47.7 cubes nor its ability to transport much bulkier objects thanks to that squared-off, wagon-like roofline.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 15,615 miles