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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
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 124 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Great car

By on Sunday, January 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great price for hatchback plenty room"

Cons: "none"

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

"I'm currently driving a 2013 spark manual trans 5 speed no problems all I changed was the air filter and oil changes. But I keep reading the seat in back doesn't go all the way down Yes it does you remove the headrest put between back seats and it lays flat . I even put a snow blower or a lawn mower handles down in back. Same in all sparks I've seen 2013 on up"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Perfect Around Town Runabout

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good price, fun to drive, very economical"

Cons: "Needs better rear speakers, floor carpets too thin"

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

"The Chevy Spark replaced a Pontiac Grand Am, which was a great car, but too thirsty for just running around. The Spark returns 35+ miles per gallon in town, even with the automatic transmission. The 1LT is heavily equipped for a car this size, including having four doors! Having all of the "toys" makes it a fun little car. On the "My Link" infotainment system, you can even play video via USB drives. The one improvement I would recommend is better bass response for the rear speakers. It has a good ride for a car its size and the cheeky styling makes me smile when I look at it. It has a huge front glass area which makes the car feel much larger. The seats have good lateral and lumbar support and the driver's seat can be adjusted for height. It has loads of nooks and crannies for interior storage. A big plus is the small amount of space it takes to park. Fit and finish is very good and the exterior paint is much better than expected for the moderate price charged. I am very happy with the Spark and can recommend it for what it is: Good, sensible, economical around town transportation with personality overload, good road manners and great fun factor."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Best New Car I've Ever Bought

By on Wednesday, November 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "So much fun to drive. It's like a little friend."

Cons: "No cons."

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

"I cannot say enough good things about this snappy little vehicle. I've never had one bit of trouble with it and the storage capacity when the back seat is folded down is unbelievable. The color of mine is Blue Denim. I've had so many people stop me and say hey that's a great looking little car, do you like it? I have nothing at all negative to say about my Spark. I rarely have to buy gas and when you go through an automatic car wash, it's like getting two washes for the price of one! Since I bought my Spark in February 2013, four of my friends have bought a Spark and they are equally happy with their purchase. Buy one. You won't be sorry!"

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Peppy, fun, roomy.

By on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Peppy, stable in wind. Great interior."

Cons: "Could use a passenger armrest."

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

"I declined buying the Prius I had been leasing in order to buy this little car. Absolutely no regrets. The Spark averages 42 mpg combined hwy and city driving, somewhat less than the Prius. But the interior of the Spark is fantastic. I get 6 paper grocery bags (Full) across the back storage compartment with the rear seats up -- not folded down. With the seats folded down my two LARGE dogs can lay down or sit up and ride comfortably together. The design is great! I also use it to transport chicken feed and fence posts! So versatile. Car is peppy, no problem accelerating onto highway. It just requires that you actually drive and anticipate. I am constantly leaving other sleeping drivers at stoplights without trying...it just goes good! Only ding--it would be nice to have two arm rests. I have no problem with A/C even in Florida summer at traffic lights...but I don't expect to be in a meat locker either."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Love my little Spark

By on Sunday, August 30, 2015

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "size, gas mileage, radio"

Cons: "not sure"

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

"I live in upstate NY with snow over my head in the winter and my little spark gets me right to where I want to go. Just yesterday went to an event where the parking close by wss $40, I saw the tiniest space half a block away no one could fit in it. I got my spark in it and had room to spare. My friends say "you won't fit that in your car" I say watch me. I get my tools ladders, my bike no problem. I call it my little truck. Plus I have 3 large dogs that go all over with me everyone has their spot. I researched this car for awhile and finally went and got it. I know they say there is road noise but honestly I am never bothered, and I just drove 600 miles last weekend on busy highways and I pass other cars no problem. I had a guy at the gym ask me about it and a week later he comes in and tell me he bought the exact same car color and all!! and he Loves it too. I picked up my new car Jan 24,2014 it started snowing on my way home and didn't stop so my new car was clean that winter for about an hour."

15 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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!"

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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