KBB Editors' Overview
By Matt Degen
- Updated Date: 6/3/2014
The 2015 Spark is Chevrolet's smallest and least-expensive car. Tinier even than the Chevy Sonic subcompact, the 4-passenger Spark hatchback falls into the minicar class, where it competes with rivals like the Fiat 500, Smart Fortwo and Scion iQ. The Chevy Spark has a low starting price around $13,000 and a fuel economy rating of up to 39 mpg, figures that will attract younger drivers and those seeking high fuel efficiency. Drivers in California and Oregon also have the choice of the all-electric Spark EV. With its four doors and pair of rear seats, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark is more practical than its slightly smaller rivals. Chevy's city-friendly microcar can turn on a dime and fits anywhere, but is not ideal for long highway commutes.
You'll Like This Car If...
Beyond its low price and high fuel economy, the Spark boasts a larger-than-you'd-think interior and vibrant exterior styling that's offered in an array of bright colors with names like Salsa, Lime Green and Lemonade.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The 2015 Chevy Spark is limited to four passengers, so if you need to seat more than two people in back, try a (relatively) larger car like the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, or the Spark's larger sibling, the Chevrolet Sonic. Those vehicles are also more stable at freeway speeds.
What's New for 2015
The Spark microcar gets a tech upgrade for 2015 with the addition of 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity that turns the car into a mobile hotspot to keep the driver and passengers connected. The subscription-based system is standard as part of the OnStar communications service and includes a 3-month/3-gigabyte trial.
With its small size and low weight, the 2015 Chevy Spark is zippy and nimble while running errands around town. True, the 83 horsepower generated from its tiny 1.2-liter engine doesn't sound like much, but it's enough to move this sub-2,400-pound car in and around traffic. The Spark is tossable in corners, but body roll is present. Wind and road noise are quite noticeable in the cabin, but at least we didn't have to shout to converse. At higher speeds the Spark can feel jumpy, and for that reason, it wouldn't be our first choice for freeway driving. The limited-availability Spark EV surprises in its power and fun. Chevy's tiny EV has an abundance of torque and instant power that enables the electric Spark to scoot to 60 mph in just over seven seconds, while its heavier weight helps it feel more planted.
Chevy's MyLink telematics system boasts a 7-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and telephone with voice recognition. Those with iPhones can even use a specialized version of Siri voice command with it, and the new 4G LTE functionality with Wi-Fi allows further connectivity for on-the-go lifestyles.
At first glance you probably wouldn't believe the Spark microcar has over 31 cubic feet of cargo room, but thanks to its taller profile and 60/40-split flip and folding rear seats, Chevy's tiny hatchback can hold a surprising amount in its rear compartment.
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