New 2018 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback
Chevrolet Spark Hatchback
The 2018 Chevrolet Spark delivers economy and a low price, yet offers a surprising array of high-tech and advanced driver-assist features.
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You might think a car given the label “minicar” wouldn’t have much to offer the average American driver, but the 2018 Chevrolet Spark proves good things do come in small packages. With a larger dealer network than the Mitsubishi Mirage, Fiat 500 and Smart Fortwo, the Spark is easy to find and service. Its 1.4-liter engine delivers impressive fuel economy and surprisingly spry bursts of acceleration, at least at lower speeds. Inside, the Spark offers many of Chevy’s best features, like a 7-inch touch-screen audio system with built-in Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, forward-collision alert (but not prevention), a rearview camera and lane-departure warning. As a big-city commuter, the Spark offers comfort, safety and economy at a rock-bottom price.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re trying to keep your next car purchase under $15,000 but refuse to consider buying used, the 2018 Chevrolet Spark may be the logical solution. Offering the right tech and safety features, the Spark makes a great first car for kids, or second commuter car for mom and dad.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Spark is truly a minicar, so if you need more room for passengers and cargo, a larger vehicle like the Nissan Versa offers more interior space for about the same price. Subcompacts such as the Honda Fit, Kia Rio and Ford Fiesta offer more room and power, but cost significantly more.
What's New for 2018
Other than two new colors, there are no major changes to the 2018 Chevrolet Spark minicar.
For 2018 the Chevy Spark’s 1.4-liter engine musters only 98 horsepower, which may not seem like much unless you’re in a drag race with a car like the 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. Ask your dad how many horsepower his 1974 Mustang II had and he’ll tell you 10 less than the Spark in a car that weighed significantly more. Advances in engine and electronic technology allow 98 ponies to do a lot more today, giving the Spark snappy acceleration off the line, but still struggling to pass or merge at higher speeds. The Spark’s optional CVT automatic boosts fuel efficiency but saps power and fun at an equal ratio; go with the 5-speed manual if you want to enjoy the ride. The diminutive size and tight turning radius that make the Spark so enjoyable in city traffic make it a bit less comfortable when sharing a highway with 18-wheelers or strong wind gusts.
The cardinal rule of selling any product is to know your buyer, which is why Chevy wisely equips the 2018 Spark minicar with youthful features like a 7-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi hotspot and the ability to accommodate both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
ACTIVE SAFETY FEATURES
Tech-savviness and distracted driving often go hand-in-hand, which is why it’s nice to have an extra set of electronic eyes to warn you of an impending collision, when drifting from your intended lane or showing you objects hidden out of sight behind the car.
Inside, the 2018 Chevy Spark's layout consists of seating for four and a small space for groceries and gear behind the two rear seats. Those seats can be folded to expand cargo capacity from roughly 11 cubic feet to over 27. That's more than enough to hold a few suitcases, but not quite as much as the 1st-generation Spark. Blame the lower roofline and shorter length. Rear-seat legroom has also shrunk, but other aspects, like hip and shoulder room, have grown. All Spark models include a 7-inch color touch screen in the center stack and logically arranged climate-control dials.
The original Spark was a nice attempt by Chevy to get into the minicar game, but it didn't do itself many favors in the style department with its tall profile and exaggerated headlights. For 2018 the Spark displays a more refined profile. While still diminutive -- at around 143 inches in length it's actually shorter than the 2015 model -- Chevy's little hatchback appears more proportional thanks to a lower roof and longer wheelbase. It features a large grille and handsome headlight housings. Integrated handles high in the rear doors give the Spark a svelte, coupe-like profile.
Notable Standard Equipment
The least expensive Chevy Spark for 2018, an LS with manual transmission, comes with air conditioning, a 7-inch capacitive touch screen, and a 3-month trial of GM's OnStar system with 4G LTE connectively with Wi-Fi hotspot. Audio entertainment is provided by a 4-speaker AM/FM system with USB input and Bluetooth streaming. You will have to crank your own windows on this base model, though. Safety features include 10 airbags, rearview camera and 6-month trial of OnStar Guidance with automatic crash response and roadside assistance.
Notable Optional Equipment
If you can swing the higher price, we recommend stepping up to at least the mid-grade Spark LT, which adds power windows, keyless entry, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted audio buttons, theft-deterrent system and SiriusXM satellite radio. Top-line 2LT models have a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome exterior trim and rear-park assist. A power sunroof is offered on mid and top trims, while the top trim offers the Driver Confidence Package that brings forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning. The ACTIV trim adds unique 15-inch wheels, rugged-looking front and rear bumpers and Leatherette heated front seats.
Under the Hood
Chevrolet’s 2018 Spark minicar is powered by a 1.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine good for just under 100 horsepower. That isn't much, but neither is the Spark's weight at less than 2,300 pounds. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual. Most buyers will want an automatic, and for that the new Chevy Spark uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Both return good fuel economy that reaches 41 mpg on the highway.
98 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
94 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/38 mpg (automatic), 29/39 mpg (manual), 30/37 mpg (automatic, Spark ACTIV), 29/38 mpg (manual, Spark ACTIV)
Part of the 2018 Chevrolet Spark's appeal is its Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $13,925, including destination. Most buyers will spend more, though. A mid-trim, automatic-transmission Spark 1LT starts at $16,850. A fully loaded Spark 2LT still notches under $20,000. The standard Spark costs less than the Fiat 500 and Smart Fortwo microcar, and is close to that of the Mitsubishi Mirage. The least expensive new car remains the Nissan Versa Sedan at under $13,000. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to make sure you're getting the best deal in your area. The Spark's resale value isn't predicted to be strong, lagging behind the albeit larger and pricier Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.
Chevrolet Spark Consumer Reviews
October 11, 2018
great car for what it is
if you are looking for a car that is used for city travel and the occasional short road trip, this car is it. what i like about the car:...
November 06, 2017
Just Buy This Car!
The 2017 Chevrolet Spark LS is the automotive deal of the decade! I bought this car with a 5 speed manual transmission for 10,100 OTD! I...
June 03, 2017
Excellent for the price!
In the 80s, I bought a 1987 Chevy Sprint 3 cyl. That care served me well as a young single Soldier. Five years later, I upgraded to...
January 17, 2017
Great car for the price! Fun to drive!
I purchased my Chevy Spark to be towed behind our motor-home. The only issues I have with the vehicle is that there is no trunk release...
January 04, 2017
Great For High Mileage, Cool Tech, Tight Parking!
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....
January 03, 2017
Was able to pick this car up at the local Chevy dealership, they had 20% off MSRP and a $3500 cash for clunkers trade in deal, making...
January 01, 2017
this car is perfect for a reliable comfortable
affordable commuter...far more amenities than normally expected and was able to buy new for $12500----can't beat that anywhere.....would...
May 10, 2018
3 years & 78k later....
I have the LS model with the 5 speed & it is stripped which is fine for me as this is strictly a commuter car. Options are ac, power...
Dr. Richard Thorndyke
February 10, 2018
Ive had my Spark over three years now and I thought I would give a review. Overall, there are more pros than cons. And even the cons...
October 02, 2016
Very reliable car
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...
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How does it compare?
|#1||2019 Chevrolet Spark||98|
|#2||2018 Chevrolet Spark||98|
|#3||2018 Mitsubishi Mirage||78|
|#1||2018 Mitsubishi Mirage||36|
|#2||2019 Chevrolet Spark||33|
|#3||2018 Chevrolet Spark||33|
|#1||2018 Mitsubishi Mirage||4.9 / 5|
|#2||2019 Chevrolet Spark||4.5 / 5|
|#3||2018 Chevrolet Spark||4.5 / 5|