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5 cars to keep your New Year's resolutions

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan
Chevrolet Sonic Sedan
  • Entry-level price: $14,170
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 26 mpg
    • Highway - 35 mpg
    • Combined - 30 mpg
  • Resolution:Save more money

As with any habit, saving must be repeated to be learned. Sometimes, we must force ourselves to spend less by trading in that big, old, honkin' gas guzzler for a smaller, fuel-stingy ride. There are other sensible choices out there, but Bankrate picked the widely acclaimed Sonic that was recommended by Consumer Reports and a top safety pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission turn the front wheels. For even better fuel savings, an available turbocharged engine delivers an estimated 40 mpg on the highway. Surprisingly roomy, Sonic's trunk has more cargo room than the larger Honda Civic.

Standard on even the base Sonic are 10 air bags and Bluetooth connectivity. It offers available crash-avoidance technologies, like forward collision alert and lane departure warning, usually found only in more expensive cars.

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