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Which Is Right for Me? Differences Between the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark

When you’re shopping for a small car to help you get through your daily commute, Chevrolet is the place to look. Why? Because it has not one, but two subcompact car options that are sure to meet your needs. Below, we delve into the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark differences to help you decide which vehicle is the right fit for you.

Performance

2018 Chevrolet Spark
2018 Chevrolet Spark

If you like having engine options to choose from, then the 2018 Sonic is there for you. This small car comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder EcoTec engine that puts out 138 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. A 1.4-liter EcoTec turbo engine is also available, which gets the same horsepower but increases the torque to 148 lb-ft. The 1.8-liter engine has an EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 28-29 mpg combined, depending on the configuration. For the 1.4-liter engine, this number rises to 30-32 mpg combined.*

On the other hand, the 2018 Spark offers a single engine option with plenty of pep. Its 1.4-liter four-cylinder EcoTec engine gets 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque, while also getting an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.** While it’s not the most powerful option in its segment, it’s fuel efficiency makes it a great choice, especially if you have a long commute.

Features

2018 Chevrolet Sonic
2018 Chevrolet Sonic

Both of these vehicles come standard with an array of top-notch features, so your choice really depends on what you’re looking for. The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is standard on the base models, giving you access to Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, along with OnStar 4G LTE WiFi. They also both have a standard rearview camera. The Sonic does offer active safety features like Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning on more of its trim levels, though.

Test drive both models for yourself when you stop by El Dorado Chevy for a visit.

*EPA estimate for Sonic with available 1.4L turbocharged engine with 6-speed manual transmission.

**EPA-estimated 29 MPG city/39 highway with 5-speed manual transmission and 30 MPG city/38 highway with available Continuously Variable Transmission.

Getting Ready: Back-to-School Tips for Parents

 

back to school

Summer is nearly at an end, which means it’s time to prepare your children for the new school year. While this is a time that is typically exciting, it can also be rather nerve-wracking. That’s why we’ve put together some back-to-school tips for parents that should help get the school year off on the right foot.

Discover what the school is like. Many schools have an open house during the summer that allows parents to see just what the school is like. Make sure you take advantage of this. Walk the halls with your children, so they don’t feel as nervous on the first day — and meet their teacher, too!

Get all your kids’ supplies ready. No matter the grade your child is going into, they’re going to need school supplies. Whether you have a list given to you for your elementary-aged kid or you have a high schooler that will need a notebook (or six), then head to your local store and gather any necessities for the new year.

Prepare for the change in routine. Switching from the summer to the school year is a difficult transition for everyone in the family. A week before school begins, start practicing your family’s routine. Have everyone wake up to go through their morning routines so that the first day doesn’t have too many hiccups.

If you need a new vehicle to start the school year off the right way, stop by El Dorado Chevy to test-drive one of our family-friendly sedans or SUVs.