2020 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2020 Toyota Yaris

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Safety

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The Sonic LT/Premier’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Yaris doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Sonic’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Yaris doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Sonic has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Yaris doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Sonic and the Yaris have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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The Sonic’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Yaris’ (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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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sonic has a standard 438-amp battery. The Yaris’ 356-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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.

Engine

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The Sonic’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (138 vs. 106) and 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (148 vs. 103) than the Yaris’ 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Sonic is faster than the Toyota Yaris (manual transmissions tested):

Sonic

Yaris

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

81.8 MPH

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 Yaris.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Sonic’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Yaris:

Sonic

Yaris

Front Rotors

10.8 inches

10.2 inches

The Sonic stops much shorter than the Yaris:

Sonic

Yaris

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sonic has larger standard tires than the Yaris (195/65R15 vs. 185/60R16). The Sonic LT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Yaris (205/55R16 vs. 185/60R16).

The Sonic’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Yaris LE/XLE’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sonic offers optional 17-inch wheels. The Yaris’ largest wheels are only 16-inches.

The Chevrolet Sonic’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Yaris only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Sonic has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Yaris doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Sonic Sedan a Compact car, while the Yaris is rated a Subcompact.

The Sonic Sedan has 4.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Yaris (90.3 vs. 85.9).

The Sonic Sedan has .5 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Yaris Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sonic Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Yaris Sedan (14.9 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

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 Yaris doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Sonic and the Yaris 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 Yaris prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Sonic LT/Premier’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Yaris’ passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Sonic has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Yaris has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE.

The Sonic (except LS) offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Yaris.

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 Yaris doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Sonic’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Yaris doesn’t offer a filtration system.

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 Yaris is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sonic is less expensive to operate than the Yaris because typical repairs cost less on the Sonic than the Yaris, including $84 less for a starter, $100 less for fuel injection, $127 less for front struts and $98 less for a timing belt/chain.

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