Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison

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    Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison



    Two well-equipped sub-compacts square off

    It’s been a while now since subcompacts were bottom-rung driving instruments devoid of any modern luxuries or conveniences. Years ago features like air conditioning, automatic transmissions, power windows and sunroofs became more and more prevalent in these little runabouts.

    But today’s consumer wants more; a lot more. Subcompacts are no longer being bought just because they are the cheapest vehicle on the market. These cars are now purchased by environmentally conscious consumers who appreciate stellar fuel economy, or by those living in dense urban areas where roads are tight and space is at a premium. Just because someone wants a smaller sized vehicle, doesn’t mean sacrifices need to be made in style, comfort and convenience; right?

    Well, manufacturers are listening and the segment is seeing an infusion of new models boasting increased power, better efficiency, new features and some actual design. Two vehicles at the forefront of the upscale subcompact revolution are, surprisingly, the Hyundai Accent and Chevrolet Sonic.

    VETERAN VS NEW COMER

    The Accent has been a stalwart in the subcompact segment for over 15 years now. Originally the poster child for cheap, no frills transportation, the Accent has been moving upscale with every new generation, with the latest refresh in 2012 continuing this theme.

    Now available in the Accent are features like automatic climate control, a sliding center armrest, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a sunroof. Even with all these options checked off, a 2013 Accent SE hatchback with an automatic transmission still retails for just $18,790 after destination charges.

    Taking on the Accent is the Chevrolet Sonic. Debuting two years ago as a replacement for the much lamented Chevrolet Aveo (another sub-compact backmarker), the Sonic takes the concept of a premium subcompact further in both price and content. Coming in at $20,695 after destination chargers, our 2013 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ hatchback also came equipped with an automatic transmission and features like the MyLink touchscreen infotainment system, leatherette seats, heated front seats, automatic headlights and Bluetooth connectivity.
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    Re: Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison

    Seems to be fair
    6 speed transmissions are the future

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    Re: Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison

    Cheap cars ain't what they used to be.

    If I were doing it again today, I quite likely would look at this class (including KIA Rio) instead of the Soul purchase. The aero benefits alone tip the MPG scales, the weight is not that far off, space is less but still more mancave room than a sedan, and it sounds like the Accent has a decent ride compared to the Sonic (and the Soul).
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    Re: Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison

    The guy that comes in about min 3:45, I'd love to ask him what a Thevy Thonic is, or a Accthent. Sylvester would be impressed

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    Re: Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoney View Post
    Seems to be fair
    Comparing a car with expensive options to a car that doesn't offer those options at all, then declaring the lower priced one the winner because it's cheaper is fair?

    I don't have a problem with them calling the Accent the winner but they could have at least used similarly optioned cars if they were going to decide it based on price.

    Also, the guy said nobody buys a subcompact for sportiness and that's complete bull****.

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    Re: Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison

    Why is this here...

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    Re: Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison

    ^Yeah. What he said.

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    Autoguide, go home, you're drunk
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    Re: Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison

    I think they breezed right over one of the reasons why people buy subcompacts, and that is drive.
    Now, I have not driven a Sonic with the 1.4t auto, but I have yet to get in a car that is more fun to drive than a Sonic manual. Accent is a very good car, and that interior design is very upscale, but riding and driving the Sonic seals the deal.

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    Re: Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison

    What I see here:

    Accent has more comfortable seats, better warranty, better observed MPG (specifics would help), and better ride comfort.

    Sonic has better torque characteristics, quieter ride (dB measurements would be helpful here), more interesting styling in the evolved-from-Challenger front light treatment (WARNING: SUBJECTIVE!!), 1" more rear legroom (remember heated Malibu discussions please), and it's more fun saying Chibby than Hyundaiiiiii!!! Unless, perhaps, you are a Samurai.
    And then you might be a Suzuki.

    Naming tire make and model would be helpful. Did they measure cornering Gs or just conclude that fatter tires = greater cornering power?
    Handling prowess is not a simple arithmetic conclusion, such as 5>3. There are many factors at work there.
    Again, the article is short on concrete (no pun intended) evidence as can be presented by specific measurements.

    Conclusion: The write-up is short on specifics, and features a downright silly conclusion when they incorporate the "tested price" as a weighted factor, since a Sonic of equal price is probably not that difficult to find.
    Would that alter the test results?

    Continuing the theme of sportiness, the Sonic also has more outright cornering grip thanks to a stiffer suspension and wider 205/50R17 tires compared to the Accent’s 195/50R16 tires. This stiffer suspension does make the Sonic feel more solid on the road, and the Chevrolet does not suffer from the rear-end side-to-side shimmy the Accent does over offset bumps.
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    Re: Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison

    You can pluck the Sonic steering wheel out of my cold dead hands
    before they will ever wrap around an Accent steering wheel.

    Freedom, patriotism, and Chevrolet Sonic 1.4L 6M Turbo.
    If I want Kim-Chi and wet bamboo shoddy quality, there's a diner down the street.

    And for what it's worth, the sickest I've ever been in my life was after eating at a Korean deli.
    Buckets and Buckets of projectile Korean Deli vomit.
    Unrelated? Perhaps. But I will not go there again.
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    Re: Chevy Sonic vs Hyundai Accent Comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by plane View Post
    You can pluck the Sonic steering wheel out of my cold dead hands
    before they will ever wrap around an Accent steering wheel.

    Freedom, patriotism, and Chevrolet Sonic 1.4L 6M Turbo.
    If I want Kim-Chi and wet bamboo shoddy quality, there's a diner down the street.

    And for what it's worth, the sickest I've ever been in my life was after eating at a Korean deli.
    Buckets and Buckets of projectile Korean Deli vomit.
    Unrelated? Perhaps. But I will not go there again.
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    Asian on Asian, Cheap on Cheap, Small on Small?
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