The subcompact Chevrolet Sonic is expected to carry over for 2015 in anticipation of a major redesign that’s anticipated for the 2016 model year. In the meantime it will continue to come in stylish sedan and four-door hatchback models that afford surprisingly generous interior room. Power should again come from a choice of four-cylinder engines it shares with the compact Chevrolet Cruze sedan, namely a 1.8-liter 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 1.4-liter turbocharged version with 138 horses that generates more torque for a quicker feel. Transmission choices include a five- or six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. In addition to being affordable and fuel efficient, the Sonic is also reasonably playful, with steering and suspension systems that deliver crisp cornering abilities. It’s one of the least-expensive cars to offer forward collision and lane departure warning systems for added safety. The RS hatchback version is the sportiest Sonic, but it’s priced way up into midsize car territory. The Sonic’s closest competitors include the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mazda Mazda2, and Toyota Yaris.