The Chevy Sonic vs Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic vs Sonic

The Chevy Sonic is assembled in Michigan, and Sonic the Hedgehog was born in Japan. Despite their geographical differences, both are important icons in pop culture. But which is better? Let's take a look:

Speed

Sonic the Hedgehog has claimed to be the fastest thing alive. And according to Sonic Wiki, he can reach speeds up to 761 mph. That's pretty impressive.

On the other hand, according to TopSpeed.com, the Chevy Sonic can only get up to 108 mph. Point to the hedgehog.

Colors

Sonic the Hedgehog is only available in blue, except for the Super Sonic option, which is neon yellow. However, the Super Sonic option costs an additional 50 golden power rings as well as 7 Chaos Emeralds.

We're not entirely sure what the golden power ring/US dollar conversion rate is, but we're going to assume it's in the thousands of dollars. Fortunately, choosing a Chevy Sonic in a color other than blue doesn't cost a thing. Point to the Chevy!

Dimensions

Sonic interior

The Chevy Sonic's roomy interior

According to the official Comic Wiki, Sonic the Hedgehog stands at 3'3” and weighs 77 lbs—a little light . The Chevy Sonic stands 5 feet tall, can stretch to 14'6” in length, and is 5'8” wide.

While the hedgehog does have the agility, he's not nearly big enough or prepared to handle the challenges of a daily driver. While both the Chevy Sonic and Sonic the Hedgehog pack quite a punch while sporting compact sizes, we have to award a point to Chevy for this one.

Reviews

Sonic parade

Overall, Sonic the Hedgehog has been well-received since his American debut on the Sega Genesis in 1991. To date, over 80 games, 5 cartoon series, hundreds of comics, and even a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade bear the blue blur's name. Over 85 million of his titles have been sold total, which is a higher number than rock bands like Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers have mustered since their inception.

Today, you could probably walk up to any kid at the store and show them a picture of Sonic the Hedgehog, and they'd be able to tell you exactly who he is (don't actually do that, because that'd be creepy). Overall, there's a reason why Sonic the Hedgehog consistently tops the list of the coolest and most influential video game characters of all time.

Now let's look at the Chevy Sonic. Though the nameplate debuted just a few years ago as a 2012 model, over 380,000 units have been sold to date. Not bad for the little subcompact.

Across the board, critics LOVE the Sonic. The 2016 model received a 4/5 from Car and Driver, a 7.8/10 from The Car Connection, an 8.9/10 from KBB, and a 5/5 from Edmunds.

“The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic stands out for its comparatively roomy interior and available hatchback body style. It's even fun to drive, especially with the turbocharged engine offering,” says the Edmund's review.

Both the Chevy Sonic and Sonic the Hedgehog are incredibly well-received and popular, so we're giving two points to each.

Catch Phrases

Throughout Sonic the Hedgehog's history, he's amassed some pretty catchy catch phrases. “Piece of cake” and “Way past cool” come to mind as a more common ones. However, as the King of Cool, Sonic the Hedgehog always has a good zinger up his sleeve to lambaste his opponents with.

Technically, the Chevy Sonic can't talk. But Chevy gave it the slogan “Destination Fun.” That sounds a little more like an off-brand Chuck E. Cheese slogan than a car's tagline, so we have to award this point to the Hedgehog.

Special Moves

The spin dash. The super peel out. The spin attack. Rolling attack. And, of course, Sonic Speed. These are just a few of the special attacks and moves Sonic has displayed through the years as a Freedom Fighter against Robotnik's regime. And they're awesome.

The Chevy Sonic has: power locks, sunroof, and windows; a built in WiFi hotspot; StabiliTrak stability control system; and a remote vehicle starter system. These are all great moves that add to the Chevy Sonic's appeal, but how can you compete with the ultra-fast, robot-crushing, enemy-dismantling moves of Sonic the Hedgehog? Point to the Sega prodigy.

Power

Sonic the Hedgehog's speed comes from the power rings designed by his uncle, his red shoes with white buckles, and those scrawny little legs. If any of those things goes wonky, his speed is compromised.

The Chevy Sonic gets its power from an Ecotec 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that pushes it to 138 hp. It also provides incredible fuel efficiency at 32 mpg. Overall, the Chevy Sonic gives us more reliability in its power, so we're awarding the point to Chevy.

Style

Sonic the Hedgehog's look is timeless. The red shoes/white buckle combos, blue quills, and that smug look that says “I'm the king of the 90s!” As a testament to his timeless look, Sonic's appearance has barely changed through the years.

The Chevy Sonic is available as both a four-door hatchback and sedan. Both body styles are zippy, modern, and clean, and the LT option adds alloy wheels, exterior chrome accents, and upgraded upholstery.

While we love Sonic the Hedgehog's confident look, it's 2016—and the view that the Chevy Sonic gives us is more to our liking.

Final Score

For those keeping track, the Chevy Sonic wins this battle over Sonic the Hedgehog by a score of 6 to 5. That's good news for you, because you can actually go out and buy a Chevy Sonic, as opposed to Sonic the Hedgehog who is a fictional character.