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With a slightly longer wheelbase and lower roof, the redesigned Spark looks less goofy. Power comes from a 98-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder that delivers leisurely acceleration along with plenty of engine drone. Handling is very responsive, but the overly sensitive steering makes it feel unsettling at speed. The ride is unyieldingly stiff. Inside, the elevated seating position gives the driver a commanding view out. The rear seat, however, is best suited for a backpack. The MyLink infotainment system has a 7-inch color display, making the Spark up-to-date on the connectivity front. Other updates include forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning.

Road Test

You don't see many cars as small as the Chevrolet Spark on American roads and for good reason. It is more than 10 inches shorter and 4 inches narrower than the typical subcompact-and 30 inches smaller than its Sonic sedan sibling. While small can mea...

Highs

  • Small footprint makes it easy to park
  • Easy front access

Lows

  • Stiff ride
  • Loud cabin

Best Version to Get

Go for at least a 1LT in order to get some basics like cruise control and power windows. Splurging for a 2LT doesn't make much sense.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 (98 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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