When we raced a Hyundai against the Sonic RS Turbo we did so because there was nothing else being sold in the price range/size that was even close. What we really wanted was a Fiesta ST, which AutoGuide reports was finally, predictably confirmed for the United States market.
What does that mean? Ford's EcoBoost 1.6-liter four putting out about 180 horsepower with a sub-7.0 0-to-60 mph time, stiffer suspension, and more aggressive bodywork. Manual only, we hope.
Because it's America, we're almost certainly getting a five-door option and nothing else. It's the price you pay for not having to live in a socialist country. Freedom and capitalism mean five doors, somehow.
It's been a long journey to this point, but if reports are correct, it was worth it. No journey is too great when one finds what he seeks.