Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark

About Chevrolet Spark

Fresh from its remake last year, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark minicar continues to compete well with the likes of the Mitsubishi Mirage, Fiat 500 and Smart Fortwo. Although the electric version is dropped this year, the Spark’s 41 mpg and peppy 1.4-liter engine make it the perfect miserly commuter car. From a technology standpoint, the affordable Spark minicar for 2017 offers a 7-inch touch-screen audio system with built-in Wi-Fi, a rearview camera and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The Chevy Spark is also up to date on the latest safety equipment, with options including forward-collision alert (but not prevention) and lane-departure warning. Though no long distance cruiser, the Spark is ideal for quick around-town runs and the occasional 2-person road trip.

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2017 Chevrolet Spark
What's new for 2017?
2017 Chevrolet Spark

Fresh from a complete overhaul last year, Chevy’s 2017 Spark minicar carries over with a few new colors and the deletion of the Solar Red package. The Spark EV is dropped from production.

  • Expert Rating: 7.7
  • Consumers Rating: 8.8
  • MPG N/A
2016 Chevrolet Spark
What's new for 2016?
2016 Chevrolet Spark

Entering its second generation for 2016, the Spark comes with revamped exterior design, more interior amenities and fresh convenience and safety features. The engine gains size and power while returning better fuel economy. The 2016 Spark EV carries over but is now available in Maryland along with California and Oregon.

2015 Chevrolet Spark
What's new for 2015?
2015 Chevrolet Spark

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.

2014 Chevrolet Spark
What's new for 2014?
2014 Chevrolet Spark

A more efficient CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) replaces the 4-speed in models with an automatic transmission, and all Spark minicars gain automatic headlight control. Navigation is now available through a smartphone-enabled app. The all-electric Spark EV is new for 2014 and has a range of 82 miles.

2013 Chevrolet Spark
What's new for 2013?
2013 Chevrolet Spark

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.

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Consumer Reviews

Very reliable car

By on Sunday, October 2, 2016

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

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "affordable, reliable, economic"

Cons: "cramped, nonexistent horsepower"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"This car is a great one for the price of it. I have the 1LT and it has been fine so far (6 months purchased brand new). It's by no means a get-up-and-go car and even pressing the gas while already accelerated has a lag. The inside is not spacious, because it's a tiny car, and it doesn't come with a spare tire. I get 30 something mpg which is awesome but the take holds maybe 7 gallons. I have not run into any problems yet and I look forward to driving it for another year or so."

22 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Great For High Mileage, Cool Tech, Tight Parking!

By on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great fuel mileage, fits tight spaces, super tech"

Cons: "Less cargo space, acceleration could be better"

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

"I am a simple kind of guy, and my goal with getting another vehicle was very simple – get a new vehicle at a reasonably low price. Happily, the 2017 Spark is simple in all the ways I like – I got the base LS model because I’m not a fan of power anything (power stuff breaks first). The only “power” options I wanted and got on the Spark were power steering and an automatic transmission. =============================================== The most common descriptor my friends use for the Spark is “cute.” It’s quite a small vehicle, but it’s one I have no problem fitting my 5’ 11”, 230-pound frame into. The seats, while not easy-chair material, are sufficiently comfortable. =============================================== The Spark is good with mirrors and window space – blind spots on either side of the car have been kept to a minimum. The rear-view mirror inside the cabin could be a little wider, but it’s adequate. And the rear window is wide enough to monitor tailgaters. =============================================== Internal storage space, as has been widely written about, isn’t very much, but you can fold the rear seats down for additional space. It also has two rear doors which might be suitable for loading large items as well as associates. =============================================== Much has also been written about the Spark’s 98-horsepower engine and that it takes 10 seconds to get to 60 mph. I have not found it to be a problem. I would not call it underpowered at all. If you’re an angry, pushy driver who loves to tailgate others, the Spark will exhaust your patience. But if you’re a judicious, considerate driver, the Spark’s acceleration won’t be an issue for you. =============================================== I was a little surprised to find out the Spark has a 9.2-gallon tank – the smallest in any vehicle I’ve ever owned, but that’s offset by its high-rated fuel mileage of 38mpg (highway) and up. If you do the math, that’s a cruising range of at least 340 miles. This is not a “touring” car, but for 180- to 250-mile trips that I take on occasion, I’m confident the Spark can handle the pull. =============================================== The deal clincher for me was under the hood – the EcoTec engine, this one a 1.4-liter jobbie – is the centerpiece of the Spark. I became a huge fan of EcoTec with my last car which lasted over 296,000 miles with that original engine. Unlike the Fiat 500, you can use 87 octane fuel with the Spark. =============================================== Compared with what I’ve read about similar subcompacts, the Spark’s instrument panel and dash are welcomingly simple and very nicely designed. No screen is too “busy”. If you have an Android or iPhone smartphone, you can plug either device into the USB jack and access music and certain mobile apps from those devices on the touch-screen display. =============================================== The semi-digital dash on the base model is the carries a nice amount of information including mpg, miles to empty, and average speed. The 1LT and 2LT models are supposed to be even better on this point. =============================================== The radio does NOT pick up HD channels (at least not in the base model), so get your premium stations thru your Bluetooth enabled smartphone and apps like Sirius XM or Pandora. =============================================== The Spark includes several modern conveniences and safety features such as a rear backup camera and the MyChevy touch-screen control system with Bluetooth. You get a 3-month trial of OnStar remote monitoring and assistance free, too, as well as built-in 4G wi-fi service you can add on for as little as $10 a month (1 GB). Automatic lights, cup holders, and too many other features to include in this short review. =============================================== The Spark is a good, simple little car that has in reviews been compared favorably in specific ways to the pricier Honda Fit, the trendy Fiat 500, the practical Nissan Versa, and the equally reliable Toyota Yaris. The Spark stands out, though, for its integrated OnStar service and onboard technology. =============================================== If you’re in a precarious situation with savings or credit score, and you need basic transportation, you’ll like the Spark a lot. If you’re a road hog, or a gearhead, look elsewhere. The Spark is most certainly not a ride for hipsters (unless they’re driving it ironically). =============================================== For its high fuel mileage, its maneuverability in tight parking spaces, its safety features, and its integrated smartphone technology, not to mention its low price relative to other vehicles in its class, the Spark earns its overall 9 out of 10 rating. Having just gotten the car a week ago, I didn't choose to rate Quality or Reliability, although what I've read about the 2016 version - which was redesigned - this car should do quite well in both those departments. Just a few things keep it from being an absolutely perfect subcompact, but no one has made one of those yet! =============================================== Take a test drive! You’ll love it!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

this car is perfect for a reliable comfortable

By on Sunday, January 1, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,200

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

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

"affordable commuter...far more amenities than normally expected and was able to buy new for $12500----can't beat that anywhere.....would gladly buy another"

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