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2013 Chevrolet Spark

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2013 Chevrolet Spark Review

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Cars seem to be downsizing in the name of price, fuel efficiency, and perhaps, novelty. But while cars like the Scion iQ and the Smart Fortwo may be undersized afterthoughts for many car shoppers in the market for a small car, a real 5-seater like the 2013 Chevrolet Spark could be on the radars of anyone looking for an inexpensive sub-compact that can comfortably fit more than 2 people. The Spark's tiny 1.2-liter engine, eye-catching aesthetics and low price make it a gem in the new-car market, but what also makes this micro-cruiser stand out is that it's available with high-tech features that ride along with the ever-growing wave of technology.

You'll Like This Car If...

In addition to stylish looks, the all-new Chevy Spark has a very attractive starting price and a surprising amount of storage capacity. City-dwellers will like the Spark's ability to fit into the smallest of parking spaces.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Tiny cars can get jittery at higher speeds. If your commute involves a significant amount of freeway driving, you might want to step up to a slightly larger vehicle like the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio 5-door or Chevy Sonic, which are all more high-speed stable than the Spark.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Chevy Spark is the latest entry into the A-segment market of micro-compacts. Although it's new to the U.S. market, Chevy has actually been building the Spark in South Korea for the Asian and European markets over the past few years. America's rising gas prices have made this model more relevant. That being said, the Spark's miniscule size, edgy styling and smart packaging are what really make it stand out.

Driving the Spark

Driving Impressions On the road, the Spark drives like a glorified motorcycle: It's quick and nimble, but also loud and buzzy. The 1.2-liter engine adequately moves the sub-2,300-pound car through and around...

traffic and although 83 horsepower doesn't seem like a lot, it's enough to adequately power the car up steep hills. As far as handling, the micro-car is tossable, but body roll is present thanks to the headroom-creating high roofline. We also detected a lot of wind and road noise in the cabin, but still found it easy to carry on conversations with other passengers. The Spark has a very short wheelbase, so don't expect comfortable highway cruising. If the bulk of your commute is done on busy inner-city streets where tight parking spaces and traffic merges are prevalent, however, then the Spark's diminutive size will outweigh its jumpy ride.

CHEVROLET MyLink
We like the Chevy MyLink with its 7-inch touch screen, Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and telephone with voice recognition. But what we like even more is that the system doesn't have a CD player but instead seamlessly connects to the owner's smartphone for personalized integration.

MOTORCYCLE-INSPIRED INSTRUMENT PANEL
Complementing the Spark's futuristic design is the motorcycle-inspired instrument panel that displays a digital tachometer and trip odometer as well as a large, blue-illuminated analog speedometer.

2013 Chevrolet Spark Details
2013 Chevrolet Spark photo Interior

The Spark's interior is small, but it's roomier than you might think. It has enough room for four adults and the rear seat is easier to get into than those in the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ. In addition to a surprising amount of space, the Spark's interior is as modern as the outside thanks to the body-colored trim pieces and motorcycle-inspired instrument panel. There are plenty of plastics and cloth surfaces in the base Spark, but things get more interesting when stepping up a trim level and opting for the available 7-inch touch screen in the center console area and leatherette upholstery. There's not much cargo room with the rear seats up (11.4 cubic feet), but with the seats folded, the Spark offers 31.2 cubic feet of volume – much more than its rivals.

Exterior
2013 Chevrolet Spark photo

The 2013 Chevrolet Spark has a lot in common with its Chevy Sonic stablemate. In fact, it's almost hard to tell the difference between the two, until closer inspection. Aside from the similar hatchback shape, the Spark delineates itself from its sibling with its sharply angled headlights and taillights and even smaller size. For the Spark, opting for higher trim levels includes a few exterior enhancements, including chrome trim pieces, body-color front and rear bodywork, fog lights, and unique 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Considering the economy-minded class it competes in, even the base 2013 Chevrolet Spark comes with a host of convenience features. Some of the most notable include air conditioning, power windows, 15-inch alloy wheels, an AM/FM stereo system with 4 speakers, OnStar, and a 60/40 split/folding rear seat. And since an extremely small car calls for extreme small-car safety features, the Spark has 10 airbags (including a driver-side knee airbag), hill start assist and Stabilitrak stability control with brake assist to keep help you panic-stop quicker.

Optional Equipment

Some of the most notable options for the 2013 Chevy Spark include a 7-inch color touch-screen radio with Chevrolet MyLink, leather seating, Bluetooth connectivity for select smartphones, a 6-speaker audio system, cruise control, and steering-wheel audio controls. These features are available when the higher trim levels are selected.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Chevrolet Spark is powered by a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 84 horsepower and 83 lb-ft of torque. While one might harbor low expectations for such a low-power engine, we found that it propelled the minicar with ease and was much quieter and smoother than we initially expected. Power is sent to the Spark's front wheels via a standard 5-speed manual transmission, but a 4-speed automatic is also available.

1.2-liter inline-4
84 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
83 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 32/38 mpg (manual), 28/37 mpg (automatic)

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2013 Chevrolet Spark Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 119 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Decent car for the price

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I bought this car in a rush before winter was to hit. It drove fine, I was able to afford the payments and keep up with whatever it needed. However, I do wish that I had purchased a car with a bit more speed, but that is okay because the gas mileage really makes up for it. In the future I am definitely planning on a prius because if i decide to stay with the fuel efficient vehicles over power then I mine as well get even better gas mileage doing it and having to pay more for it seems reasonable as well. Overall it has been a good small car that has gotten be places!"

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

crawling up the mountain

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,600

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive, great little car"

Cons: "no power driving up hill"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I really like this little fuel efficient car. I t gets good milage on the highway and even through town. It takes a little time to get up to speed but eventually it makes it there. The Spark hits 4000 rpm at about 75 m/hr. I love the funky green color which is used inside of the Spark as well. The only problem is when I go home and have to drive up the mountain. I have to drive about 3 miles with a constant incline. After the first 500 feet the car slows down to about 30 and sometimes 20 m/hr using 2nd or 3rd gear. Trying to go faster is not possible unless it's being pushed past the 4000 rpm's which is not advisable. So, if you don't have to conquer a steep hill or a mountain, this is a wonderful car, otherwise stay away."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Excellent car for the money

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Gas millage, confort, parking, engine noise solid."

Cons: "Road noise unsettled at high speeds."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Good value. The car is getting about 42 MPG on the highway and 35 MPG in the city. The car is excellent for city driving. The car gets a little shaky at speeds over 70 MPH. Keeping the speed under 70 MPH on highway driving, the car seems to have a better driving dynamic. This car is designed to be a city car and it is excellent at city driving. The front seats are roomy and comfortable. The engine is quiet and well balanced for such a small engine. This is an excellent second car or car for young drivers."

10 people out of 20 found this review helpful

I'm in love with my car.

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "MPG, plenty of room inside, great in the snow"

Cons: "Under-geared (?), learning curve"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2014 LT Manual - One year of ownership - I'm poor, so my options for a new car were limited to the sub-$15k market, which I had narrowed to the fortwo, Versa or Spark before test driving. The Spark beat the smart on interior space, seating and handling and, while the Versa is a great car, the hatchback version costs thousands more and sedans are just boring! I haven't regretted my decision once. The goods: I call my car the Tardis because it's bigger on the inside. I'm six feet tall and far from thin, and it seats four of me comfortably. I spend 80% of my miles in-town and have averaged 42 mpg in the summer and 37 mpg over the winter. The Spark is epic in the snow. On four separate occasions this past winter I had to rescue friends and coworkers whose own giant, expensive vehicles (not naming names...) couldn't handle road conditions which the Spark didn't blink at. While the trunk is hilariously tiny, I can fit a week's groceries with the seats up, and with the seats down I can fit just about anything I'd want to put in my car. The not so goods: The Spark has enough power to get going, but taking off, climbing hills and getting up to merging speed all take a little getting used to - perhaps more so with the manual transmission. I have to push my little car harder than I have other vehicles, put it doesn't seem to mind. My only other gripe is highway performance. I haven't noticed any shaking or loss of control, but I do get blown about a bit, and - believe it or not - my mpg drops noticeably at highway speeds. I get close to 48 mpg while high-miling between 40 and 55 mph on longer trips, but that drops to less than 40 mpg on the highway - less than my in-town average. I have read that the Spark is under-geared, and can confirm that it camps at 3k rpm at highway speeds. I always prefer the scenic route, so this isn't a deal breaker, but it's certainly not a good thing. TL;DR: I couldn't sell water to a dehydrated camel, but I'm pretty sure I could sell this car. I absolutely love it and, unless something changes in the next four or five years, will definitely be considering another one when the time comes. Hopefully the EV is available on the east coast by then!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Don't listen to consumer reports

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, crash test and milage"

Cons: "Noisy , small"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"As indicated by consumer reports this car is noisy. However, they are wrong about the mileage, I consistently get 40 mpg. I love the interior design and everyone except my 6 ft. 4 inch son- in- law Is comfortable in it. I was pleasantly surprised by the pick up, I merge into interstates easily. I wish that chevrolet would offer pandora. My 12 year old granddaughter is pleased with radio though and we can plug the IPhone's in and play songs on the cloud. I chose ths model to pass down to teenagers, good crash tests , easily visible and limited passengers."

14 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Great car for the money

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "cheap, good gas mileage, fun to drive"

Cons: "Doesn`t have the power to merge at a fast speed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I drive 100 miles each day on the highway . Car handles great. Does not have power to race or showoff but that's not why I bought the car. My only suggestion is to put in a 6TH gear for highway driving. Car handles great in the snow because of the short wheel base. If your looking for a cheap car with good gas mileage this is the car for you. If your looking race or squeal the tires this is not the car for you, try the corvette if that's what you want."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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