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Urban dwellers will appreciate the Spark's small dimensions when looking for a parking space. But this rudimentary, barebones 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 oversensitive steering makes the Spark a bit too twitchy 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 7-inch color display houses Chevrolet's latest infotainment system, making the Spark up to date on the connectivity front. Available active safety features include FCW and AEB.
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2016-2021
2016 Redesign Year
With a slightly longer wheelbase and lower roof, the redesigned 2016 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 darty 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 better suited for a backpack. The infotainment system has a 7-inch color display, making the Spark up-to-date on the connectivity front. Other updates include forward-collision alert, lane departure warning, and blind spot warning.
$17,850 - $21,550
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$15,900 - $19,175
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$14,850 - $18,100
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$13,650 - $16,375
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$12,875 - $14,375
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$10,300 - $11,275
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2013-2015
2013 Redesign Year
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.
$8,750 - $9,675
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$7,600 - $8,175
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$7,225 - $7,275
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