You may be asking yourself, “Which car is the best choice for me?” in your quest to choose a new 5-door vehicle. Sure, you already know that you want a 5-door, but, with so many other options, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Bloomington Ford wants to help you make the best decision for your driving needs, so keep reading to see which vehicle comes out on top in a side-by-side comparison of the 2016 Ford C-Max 5-door versus the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic 5-door.
Of course, the first thing most car buyers want to know is which one costs less. This can be an indicator of what you can afford, but should not be used as a deciding factor without comparing the reasons why and what you get for what you pay. The Ford C-Max is priced a bit higher than the Sonic for the starting MSRP, but there is a good reason for that, which you’ll see as we compare these two base models.
Comfort and Features
The C-Max shows why the base model is more expensive than the Sonic with the standard features that are included. Not only are some of these features not included in the base model Sonic, some of them are not even available. Here’s where the 2016 Ford C-Max 5 door shines, while the Sonic fails to deliver:
- Climate control Standard
- Multi-Zone A/C Standard
- CD Player Standard
- Cruise Control Standard
- Heated Mirrors Standard
- Power Mirrors Standard
- Power Windows Standard
- Satellite Radio Available
- MP3 Player Standard
- Rear Parking Aid Available
- Leather Steering Wheel Standard
- Remote Engine Start Available
- Power Liftgate Available
When you begin looking at all the things you can expect to receive on the C-Max base model compared to the Sonic base model, it’s easy to see why, despite the higher price, the C-Max is a better value.
Cargo Space and Seating
Both of these vehicles claim to comfortably seat up to 5 passengers, but the 2016 Ford C-Max offers nearly 10 more cubic feet of passenger space, making it the more comfortable and spacious vehicle. Passengers should be able to sit and move about comfortably in 99.7 cubic feet of space. No need to be squashed together or have to bend your neck due to lack of head space in the C-Max. You can also get heated front seats in the C-Max, which makes winter driving a pleasure. What’s the point of having a 5-door vehicle if you don’t get the benefit of great cargo space? Whether you have the rear seat up or down, the C-Max offers more cargo room than the Sonic. A few inches here and there can really make a difference when loading up the kids’ soccer equipment or hauling groceries.
Now that you’ve looked at the differences in these similar cars, it’s time to make your decision based on driving experience. Head over to Bloomington Ford to test drive the 2016 Ford C-Max, and then visit a Chevrolet dealer and try out the 2016 Chevy Sonic. Better yet, go drive the Sonic first, because once you drive the C-Max, you won’t be going back to the Chevy dealer!