The Chevy Sonic is simple in design: just a small hatchback (or there is a sedan version) with a lot of road noise coming through the floor. But the Sonic has heated leather seats, a nice spacious hatch, a Hyundai Veloster-style integrated rear door handle for a streamlined body, sporty headlights, and a chrome accented front door handle that punches above its weight for style. The Sonic offers up to 40 mpg highway, but this depends on the model and how you use that feisty turbo. We would expect sportier drivers to get high 20s from the Sonic, but more careful folks could eke out the top numbers while still enjoying their little car. The Sonic comes with a 1.4- to 1.8-liter engine matched with a 5- or 6-speed manual, and starts at only $14,635. We say buy this little guy in grandmother white (the vehicle color of the year, apparently) and rock it.

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