Summary, Prices, Specs

By April 17, 2013


The Chevrolet Spark is a contradiction; a minimalist car that is so well furnished with contemporary content that maybe only very young urban-nauts will understand it. On the other hand, this is a fully competent mini-car that will satisfy very sophisticated needs for people whose primary automotive concerns boil down to parking where no one else can and escaping the city when no one else is looking. The Spark is automotive whimsy at an attractive bargain-basement price.

Ted West filed this report to after his test drive of the Spark LT around New York City.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Chevrolet Spark LS Manual ($12,995), LS Automatic ($13,920), 1LT Manual ($14,595), 1LT Automatic ($15,520), 2LT Manual ($15,895), 2LT Automatic ($16,820)
Engines:84-hp 1.2-liter I4
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):10 airbags, OnStar directions with automatic crash response and turn-by-turn navigation, tire-pressure monitor, rear wiper, rear defroster, LATCH child seat system, theft alarm/theft deterrent system, ASC stability control, ATC traction control, four-wheel ABS antilock brakes, brake assist
Safety equipment (optional):N/A
Basic warranty:5 years/100,000 miles
Assembled in:Changwon, Korea
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Chevrolet Spark 2LT Manual ($15,895)
Standard equipment:air conditioning, air filtration system, high-back bucket heated leatherette front seats with adjustable head restraint, split-back folding rear seat, folding driver armrest, tilt steering column, 6-speaker audio, outside temperature display, steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, 4 cup holders, rear seat map pocket, rear center console with storage tray, rear cargo compartment lamp and security shelf, electronic power steering, oil life monitor system, foglamps, MyLink 7-in. color touch-screen linking compatible smartphone and stored media via Bluetooth, plug-in outlet or USB, Sirius/XM Satellite radio, keyless entry, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control, information center, power windows, leatherette steering wheel, machined-face 15-inch aluminum wheels
Options as tested (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$750
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$16645
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:1.2-liter dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):84 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):83 @ 4200
Transmission:5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:32/38 mpg
Wheelbase:93.5 in.
Length/width/height:144.7/62.9/61 in.
Track, f/r:55.7/55.5 in.
Turning circle:32.5 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.4/48/42 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.3/47.5/35.2 in.
Cargo volume:31.2 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson strut
Suspension, r:independent, compound crank
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:2237 lbs.
Tires:185/55R15 all-season
Brakes, f/r:disc/drum with ABS, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:9.2 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of April 17, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-222-1020 -