2020 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2020 Honda Civic

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Safety

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Both the Sonic and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Sonic is safer than the Honda Civic:

Sonic

Civic

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

152

201

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

200/219 lbs.

445/224 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Sonic is safer than the Honda Civic:

Sonic

Civic

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

104

204

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

252 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

239

404

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

68 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

260

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Sonic’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Civic’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sonic’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Chevrolet Sonic’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Civic’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Sonic’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (148 vs. 138) than the Civic’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Sonic uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The Chevrolet Sonic comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Civic.

To help the driver achieve optimum performance and fuel economy, the Sonic has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift based on power needs and conditions. The Civic doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sonic stops shorter than the Civic:

Sonic

Civic

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Sonic has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Civic’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Sonic Premier Hatchback handles at .84 G’s, while the Civic LX Coupe pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Sonic LS/LT’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Civic LX/EX’s (34.5 feet vs. 35.4 feet). The Sonic LTZ/RS’ turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Civic Sport/Sport Touring’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Sonic Sedan is 4 inches shorter than the Civic Sedan, making the Sonic easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Sonic Sedan has .7 inches more rear headroom and 4.3 inches more rear hip room than the Civic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sonic’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic LX Sedan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Towing

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The Sonic can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Sonic can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Civic can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Sonic and the Civic have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Sonic is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Civic prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Sonic LT/Premier’s available front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Civic’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The Sonic’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Civic LX/Sport’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sonic’s optional (except LS/RS/5-Door) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Civic doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Sonic owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sonic with a number “3” insurance rate while the Civic is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sonic is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost much less on the Sonic than the Civic, including $305 less for a starter, $73 less for fuel injection, $129 less for a fuel pump, $41 less for front struts and $164 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Sonic will be $1001 to $4268 less than for the Honda Civic.

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