2020 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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Safety

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Both the Sonic and the Corolla Hatchback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.

Warranty

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

There are over 2 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Toyota 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 Corolla Hatchback’s engine uses 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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

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 Corolla Hatchback.

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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sonic stops much shorter than the Corolla Hatchback:

Sonic

Corolla Hatchback

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

135 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 Corolla Hatchback’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better maneuverability, the Sonic LS/LT’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Corolla Hatchback’s (34.5 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Sonic LTZ/RS’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Corolla Hatchback’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Sonic may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

Passenger Space

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The Sonic Sedan has 5.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hatchback (90.3 vs. 84.6).

The Sonic Sedan has .3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom and 6.1 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla Hatchback.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sonic has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Corolla Hatchback with its rear seat up (19 vs. 17.8 cubic feet). The Sonic has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Corolla Hatchback with its rear seat folded (47.7 vs. 23.3 cubic feet).

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 Corolla Hatchback can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Sonic (except LS) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Consumer Reports rated the Sonic’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Corolla Hatchback’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sonic is less expensive to operate than the Corolla Hatchback because typical repairs cost much less on the Sonic than the Corolla Hatchback, including $163 less for a starter, $195 less for fuel injection, $29 less for a fuel pump, $174 less for front struts and $236 less for a timing belt/chain.

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