The subcompact Sonic uses a standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Uplevel trims offer a modestly quicker and more fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a somewhat balky six-speed manual. Handling is fairly nimble and the ride is relatively composed for this class, with excellent braking performance. The sedan has a huge trunk and a better view out, but the hatchback version has better cargo versatility. Both versions offer a relatively quiet cabin, but the rear seats are cramped. Options such as heated seats, a sunroof, and remote start are usually not found in this class. Crash-test results are impressive. First year reliability has been average. Advanced safety features such as forward-collision alert, lane-departure, and a backup camera will be offered on all but base 2014 models.