I'd never even heard of those models before. I guess that's what happens when you switch over to on-demand style media consumption!
That Sonic looks nice. Kinda reminds me of the VW Golf/Rabbit/GTI that I've always been really fond of.
I see that the Sonic is just the Chevy Aveo re-branded. Same platform they've had for 10 years or so. It's a beast on the international market. Wiki says it was a Daewoo design. I'm also leery of buy the first of a new model because it seems like it takes a couple iterations to get it right. But in this case, it's not really new per se.
I love that it's actually made in Michigan. I'm trying to talk my wife into the Sonic now. Best looking car of that class, IMO. For an extra $1000 or so, I'd buy the American car over the Kia.
I'm pretty sure the Chevy Cruze is Korean made also.
IIRC it's a re-badged Daewoo.
I had to go on a business trip interstate and hired one about 6 months ago (it's called a Holden Cruze over here).
Nice little car. If I had one complaint I wasn't a big fan of the automatic transmission.
Update: Bought a Yaris SE.
We drove pretty much every car in the class. Mazda 2, Yaris, Scion xD, Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Kia Soul and Nissan Versa. At the end of the day, the Yaris seemed like the most car for the dollar. After explored used options, we realized that getting a high-mileage car used isn't really a great idea. The mileage totals on those cars was staggering. $17K for Prius with 100K miles? $14K for a Toyota Corolla with 80K miles? Just not that great.
I really wanted to love the Chevy Sonic. It was a solid car, but just lacked the overall style of the Yaris to both of us.
Toyota had a cool deal of a $1000 rebate for recent college graduates. My wife happened to have a picture of herself holding her diploma from a couple weeks ago. Nice.
The Mazda was the cheapest, but definitely felt like it. Loud and rattly on the highway.
The Fiesta was the most expensive, but lacked the polish of a $20K car
The Chevy was just "eh." And for basically the same price as the Yaris, it was an easy choice. The built in Michigan factor wasn't enough to over come general lackluster design.
Can't really go wrong with a Toyota IMO chef.
Usually reliable as the day is old.
Legendary car over here although we still call it the Hilux gtromi.
Aussies worship their utes, or pickups as you guys call them.
I own a 2009 Nissan Patrol myself.
I don't think they sell it as that in the US but they have a luxury version of it known as the Infiniti QX56 which you guys can buy.
Great for work as I'm on the road a lot but also great offroad and for towing which it's really designed for.
My only gripe with it is it's fuel consumption in the city. It's a 4.8 Litre donk so slurps fuel like nobody's business around town but not too bad out on the highway.
We throw the dogs in and get away camping pretty regularly so it's perfect for our lifestyle.
Way to fly the flag.
You live in a great part of the world by the way.
I was there for work about 2 years ago, and will probably be back next year.
Work will be in Waikiki but I'm thinking of taking Mrs Aussie with me this time and we were thinking we may spend a few days in Maui.
I'll keep you posted a bit closer to the date.
Usually around Easter.