When it comes to getting the most for your long-term automotive budget, it's hard to beat the Chevrolet Spark. For a second year in a row it takes the 5-Year Cost to Own crown among the already-frugal class of subcompact cars.
Key to the Spark's long-term affordability is its low initial price. Starting around $13,000, the 2015 Spark is the least-expensive new Chevy. That budget-friendly price makes it a natural fit for younger drivers, while this 4-door hatchback's diminutive size is well-suited for around-town driving. As with its all-electric Spark EV sibling, this subcompact Chevy isn't ideal for long highway commutes but is a champ in crowded urban environments where it can snag even the smallest of parking spots.
The Spark's assets don't end with value pricing and a fuel economy rating up to 39 mpg. As we noted in our full review, "Beyond its low price and high fuel economy, the Spark boasts a larger-than-expected interior and vibrant exterior styling that's offered in an array of bright colors with names like Salsa, Lime Green and Lemonade."
Up to four passengers can fit into a Spark, and when the rear seats aren't in use they fold to create a sizable cargo space. Up front a motorcycle-inspired dash and standard 7-inch touchscreen command center add visual pizzazz.
This Chevy's size won't suit everyone, but for buyers seeking a small car that has an even smaller impact on their budget, the Spark can pay off in a big way.