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Chevrolet Spark

2018
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Urban dwellers will appreciate the Spark's small dimensions when looking for a parking space. But this rudimentary, bare-bones runabout doesn't offer much else. Power comes from a 98-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers leisurely acceleration along with plenty of engine drone. Yet the Spark isn't very frugal at just 33 mpg overall. Handling is very responsive, but the overly sensitive steering makes the Spark a bit too responsive at highway speeds, and the ride is unyieldingly stiff. Inside, the driver has a commanding view out. But the rear seat is very tight and is best for just two occupants. The MyLink infotainment system has a 7-inch color display, making the Spark up-to-date on the connectivity front. Other available features include forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning.
All Ratings & Reliability
2016-2017
2016 Redesign Year
Chevrolet Spark 2017
Chevrolet's tiny Spark is a four-seat 'city car' that's well equipped with such standard features as a touch-screen infotainment system. But that doesn't make the Spark a good deal. 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. While not exciting to drive, the Spark is maneuverable, easy to park, and boasts a rear seat fit for two adults. An all-electric version is surprisingly fun, giving the Spark plenty of smooth and quiet power, but was only sold in a handful of states.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 $10,775 $7,840
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2016 $9,625 - $10,500 $6,790 - $7,590
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2013-2015
2013 Redesign Year
Chevrolet Spark 2015
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $8,400 - $9,050 $5,650 - $6,250
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2014 $7,200 - $7,975 $4,510 - $5,210
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2013 $6,425 - $6,750 $3,770 - $4,070
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2012
2012 Redesign Year
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 N/A N/A
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