Chevrolet Sonic LTZ hatchback
- Price: $17,850
- Gas mileage:
- City - 25 mpg
- Highway - 35 mpg
The 2013 Sonic LTZ is powerful, zippy and fuel-efficient, giving Bankrate plenty of reasons to put it on its list of fun and affordable cars.
It's available in a sedan or hatchback with four different model options -- the LS, LT, LTZ and RS. However, the LTZ option offers the most power and amenities for less than $20,000.
It comes standard with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that kicks out 138 horsepower and 125 foot-pounds of torque.
But there's an optional, more powerful, turbocharged, 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 148 foot-pounds of torque, costing an extra $700.
Edmunds.com puts the LTZ hatchback with a six-speed manual transmission as the quickest in its class, moving from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds. Indeed, Chevy says the Sonic with a turbocharged engine and a six-speed manual will do the sprint in less than 8 seconds.
Amenities include perforated leatherette seating surfaces, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls.
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration gave this vehicle a five-star overall vehicle score for safety, the only car in its class to get that high of a rating.