2019 Chevy Sonic and Bolt EV Earn Spots on US News’ Best City Cars List
Driving in the city is fraught with extra pressures that driving on a long, lonesome highway. When available parking spots miraculously appear, they’re usually a tight squeeze requiring driving nerves of steel. And heavily populated cities mean lots of people, which translate into lots of drivers and intense traffic congestion. Thankfully, some cars are designed to tackle the unique challenges of city driving, like the 2019 Chevy Sonic and Chevy Bolt EV, two stellar options that just made U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 11 Best City Cars.
The 2019 Chevy Sonic is available at three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. All trims are offered as a sedan, but the LT and Premier are also offered as a hatchback. Each trim is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission to generate 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.
“This subcompact car is small enough to weave through traffic but spacious enough inside for you to stretch out on a long commute,” writes U.S. News & World Report writer Joslyn Hatfield. “Although its interior is lacking in refinement, it comes packed with creature comforts — like an easy-to-use infotainment system with a touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.”
The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV is available at two trim levels: LT and Premier. Powered by an electric drive unit paired to a single-speed direct-drive transmission, the Bolt EV puts out 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.
Hatfield noted the spacious interior, compact size, and bevy of standard features as pros for a city driver.
“The Bolt also has one of the longest electric ranges on the market — it can go over 200 miles on a full charge. It also charges in record time, so there’s no need to stress about rearranging your routine to fit in a battery boost,” she added.
News Source: U.S. News & World Report