Chevrolet's tiny Spark is a four-seat city car, which is equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system as standard equipment.
Its dinky 84-hp, 1.2-liter four-cylinder and jerky continuously variable automatic transmission combined to provide slow acceleration and its 32 mpg overall is not impressive for this class.
A four-speed automatic available in 2012 was no better, though the standard manual transmission helps.
The cabin is cramped and relentlessly noisy, the ride is stiff and jittery.
On the other hand, the Spark is maneuverable, easy to park, and boasts a rear seat fit for two adults.
The Spark's three trim lines have the same powertrains, but different equipment levels, with little need to add more options.
The best choice is the 1LT, since it brings vitals such as basic power accessories and cruise control.
The stick shift is a better choice than the automatic.
Overall, though, we suggest you get a different car instead -- unless you are considering the Spark EV.
The electric version is surprisingly fun, giving the Spark plenty of smooth and quiet power, but it was only offered in a handful of states.