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Posted 14 September 2012 - 20:12

Do the back doors not have any external door handles?

They are near the windows.


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 20:15

Do the back doors not have any external door handles?


They have external handles, they're rather hidden though...

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 20:17

Isn't the sonic more of a Mazda 2 in size?

Its slightly larger than a 2 but still smaller than a 3.

"Turbo" LOL
So it has 50HP with the turbo? :laugh:

You will see more of this. A turbo uses less fuel to achieve the same power. That's why a MazdaSpeed3 has a 4 cyl turbo and beats a v6 while still having better gas mileage. The car actually has 138 HP which is a lot for the size it is. While it isn't something worth racing, it certainly isn't a slow car for what it is. The Mazda2, which you would compare this too, costs more and only has a 100 hp engine. I would say this care is a better buy(and I am a Mazda fanboy).

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 20:22

Its slightly larger than a 2 but still smaller than a 3.
You will see more of this. A turbo uses less fuel to achieve the same power. That's why a MazdaSpeed3 has a 4 cyl turbo and beats a v6 while still having better gas mileage.

Yep and its a little quicker than then non turbo'd version but that's nothing to brag about. This is my daily commuter so i'm all about the fuel economy with this one. I have a 2005 dodge ram that eats me up in gas so I'm gonna be driving this more often.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 20:26

Yep and its a little quicker than then non turbo'd version but that's nothing to brag about. This is my daily commuter so i'm all about the fuel economy with this one. I have a 2005 dodge ram that eats me up in gas so I'm gonna be driving this more often.

I wouldnt mind seeing some more of the stuff in the display. Mazda3's can come with a display that shows average mpg, navigation, and a few other things. What does that have built in?

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 20:28

I wouldnt mind seeing some more of the stuff in the display. Mazda3's can come with a display that shows average mpg, navigation, and a few other things. What does that have built in?

Ok i'll take some pics, Still new to it so I have to figure out how to get them all lol.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 20:37

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 20:40

Isn't the speed more important than a ginormous tach?

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 20:42

Isn't the speed more important than a ginormous tach?

Its big enough, its not tiny.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 18:03

All the newer small cars from major manufacturers are really starting to come together nicely.

They all have exceptional style and decent performance for the price.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 19:38

It's a marketing advantage. People that don't have any knowledge of engines, or cars for that matter, they hear the word "Turbo" and get all excited.

Bottom line, turbocharge a turd, and it's still a turd.


One of the fastest sub compacts in it's class and the power isn't bad for a 1.4L 4-cyl. 140hp for a light weight car probably makes this thing move. I wouldn't be surprised if the 0-60 is decent, and passing power is more than adequate. This is the same turbo in the heavier Cruze and that car performs adequately.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 20:25

One of the fastest sub compacts in it's class and the power isn't bad for a 1.4L 4-cyl. 140hp for a light weight car probably makes this thing move. I wouldn't be surprised if the 0-60 is decent, and passing power is more than adequate. This is the same turbo in the heavier Cruze and that car performs adequately.

I wouldn't say its fast but its pretty quick. It accelerates pretty nicely and it handles like a dream.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 21:17

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 23:55

The door handles look to be by the rear windows towards the back of the car. You can see the indentation in the pic of the rear.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 00:00

I find the overall quality of the Sonic superior to that of the Mazda 3 or even 2. Sonic has a more solid feel, while the Mazda 3 from my experience is very plastiky and creaks during a hot summer drive where the inside and outside temperature variation makes the plastic move. Didn't experience this with the Sonic. I test drove both on the same day in 35C weather.