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2020 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2021 Kia K5 Review

New 2020 Chevrolet Sonic

2020 Chevrolet
Sonic

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New 2021 Kia K5

2021 Kia
K5

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MSRP*
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$16,720 to $20,720
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$23,490 to $30,490
Invoice* $16,118 to $19,974 $22,902 to $29,117
MPG - City 26 26 - 29
MPG - Hwy 34 34 - 38
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Chevrolet Sonic offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Kia K5 with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Kia K5 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Chevrolet Sonic.

Convenience
With the Kia K5 you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Chevrolet Sonic, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Chevrolet Sonic is clearly a better financial choice over the Kia K5. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Sonic carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Kia K5.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Sonic is much slimmer than the Kia K5, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Chevrolet Sonic, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Kia K5.

Drivetrain
The Chevrolet Sonic has much less torque than the Kia K5, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Sonic is significantly less powerful than the Kia K5. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Sonic and the Kia K5. The Chevrolet Sonic has less cargo capacity than the Kia K5, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Chevrolet Sonic is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia K5.