Dodge Dart  vs Chevrolet Sonic 

Dodge Dart AERO

  • $20k
  • 1.4L
  • 28 city 41 hwy
Front view of Dodge Dart
The electric power steering feel was well weighted and the Dart is fairly nimble considering it's 1,447 kg (3,186-pound) curbweight.
by AutoBlog Canada (Aug, 2012)
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Chevrolet Sonic LT

  • $16k
  • 1.8L
  • 26 city 35 hwy
Front view of Chevrolet Sonic
As either a sedan or 5-door hatchback, standard equipment on the 2014 Chevy Sonic LS includes a 1.8-liter engine, 5-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, 4-speaker AM/FM/aux sound system and OnStar with a 6-month subscription that includes convenient turn-by-turn navigation.
by KBB (Jul, 2013)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Dodge Dart vs Sonic

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Dart AERO
$5,666
Sonic LT
$5,127

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Dart AERO
$1,667
Sonic LT
$1,851

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Dodge Dart

Reasons to consider the
Dodge Dart AERO

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Saves on fuel $1,667 vs $1,851 Around 10% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Significantly better highway driving range 541 miles vs 427 miles More than 25% further range on the interstate
Less CO2 per car made 0.7 metric ton vs 0.88 metric ton More than 20% less CO2 emitted per car made; clean factories are good factories
More efficient freshwater use 3.62 m³ vs 4.62 m³ 20% less per car made; 1 cubic metre of water is 1.5 year's worth of drinking water
Higher EPA highway mileage 41 MPG vs 35 MPG More than 15% better on the interstate
Less landfill usage 219.9 kg vs 285 kg Around 25% less waste sent to landfill during manufacture
Better city driving range 369 miles vs 317 miles More than 15% further in the city
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Reasons to consider the
Chevrolet Sonic LT

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Slightly lower MSRP $16k vs $20k 20% cheaper sticker price
Slightly cheaper annual cost $5,127 vs $5,666 Around 10% less expensive per year

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$19,995 11.3¢/mile Dodge Dart
Chevrolet Sonic $16,380 12.6¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Chevrolet Sonic is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Dodge Dart only makes sense if you drive more than 58,000 miles per year.
 
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Dodge Dart Chevrolet Sonic
Price $3,999 ($19,995) $3,276 ($16,380)
Fuel $1,699 (2,296 gallons) $1,888 (2,551 gallons)
City 28 MPG 26 MPG
Highway 41 MPG 35 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Dodge Dart  vs Sonic 

8.7
9.5
Unfortunately, the RS doesn't offer more power than the more pedestrian Sonics, at least those equipped with the up-level, 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
Sonic LT

7.4
7.7
In sedan or 5-door hatchback form, a 2013 Chevy Sonic LS includes a 1.8-liter engine, 5-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, 4-speaker AM/FM/aux sound system and OnStar with a 6-month subscription that includes convenient turn-by-turn navigation.
Sonic LT

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Dodge Dart  vs
Sonic 
Brand Dodge Chevrolet
Model year 2014 2014
City range 369 miles 317 miles
Highway range 541 miles 427 miles
MSRP $20k $16k
Annual cost $5,666 $5,127

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.4L 1.8L
Air compressor Turbocharger None
Fuel
Gas
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD 5-speed Manual 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Beam
Front brakes 12.01 in Ventilated Disc 10.79 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.39 in Disc 9.02 in Drum
Front wheel width 205 195
Front wheel diameter 16 inch 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 65

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Airbags
Side
Passenger
Rear side
Knee
Head curtain
Driver
Rear side w/head
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera Optional N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Front track width 61.7 in 59.4 in
Height 57.7 in 59.7 in
Length 183.9 in 159 in
Wheelbase 106.4 in 99.4 in
Curb weight 3,237 lb 2,712 lb
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 55 ft³ 50 ft³
Rear seat room 42 ft³ 40 ft³

emissions

Dodge Dart  vs
Sonic 
Stops the engine instead of idling No No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.62 m³ 4.62 m³
CO2 per car made 0.7 metric ton 0.88 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,172 kWh/vehicle 2,300 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 219.9 kg 285 kg

power & handling

Max torque 184 ft-lb @ 2,500 RPM 125 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM
Max HP 160 HP @ 5,500 RPM 138 HP @ 6,300 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 20.23 lb/hp 19.65 lb/hp

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Has a speed sensitive volume No Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input No Yes
AM/FM radio N/A Standard
CD player Optional Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A

features

Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A Optional, $0
Navigation system Optional N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard N/A
Power windows Standard Standard
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