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Published on NewsOK Modified: January 5, 2013 at 9:16 am •  Published: January 5, 2013

GAS MILEAGE: 1.4-liter with manual gets 33 mpg in combined city and highway driving and 40 mpg on the freeway. The automatic gets 31 mpg in city and highway driving. With the 1.8-liter, it's 30 mpg with a manual and 28 with an automatic.

ELECTRONICS: Can be equipped with Chevrolet MyLink radio, which allows use of phone for Internet radio, and voice control of electronic devices. Can project phone navigation system onto car's dashboard screen.

FEATURES: Five-star rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ten air bags that protect front, side, head and legs. Manual transmission won't let you roll backward on a hill.

THE DOWNSIDE: Lack of low-speed power. Sub-par gas mileage with base engine and automatic transmission. Can get expensive, over $23,000 for a sporty RS version with a sunroof and the much nicer turbocharged engine.