2021 Chevrolet Spark

MSRP $13,400

Ranked #3 in Subcompact Hatchback

6.0

Overall Rating

2021 Chevrolet Spark Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 8, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Most of the car buyers in the U.S are price sensitive and seek value for every buck they spend, adding to that are the traffic congestions and parking constraints that draw many people into the subcompact hatchback segment. Chevrolet Spark is one of the best-selling compact hatches distinguished by its sleek design and adventurous attitude. Its lightweight design, impressive fuel efficiency, and responsive handling make it an ideal choice for a fun drive that is also eco-friendly. 

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Pros

Highly Maneuverable

Decent gas-mileage

Improved safety gear

Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

Lively handling

Cons

Cramped rear leg-room

Less on power

Gets pricey as you spec-up

What's New?

No major changes on the design and mechanical front 

Few additions to the Color catalog


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$13400

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

89 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

85 cu.in.

horsepower

98 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

94 lb.-ft.. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed Manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

9.3/7.9 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

93.9 in.

length

143.1 in.

width

62.8 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

2246 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

83 cu ft.

cargo volume

27.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

20000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

18 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LS$13,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Chevrolet Spark in Caribbean Blue color
Caribbean Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Pricing and Features

4.0

Engine and Performance

4.8

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

3.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

6.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.0

Overall Rating


With an MSRP of $14,595, the 2021 Chevrolet Spark is an urban commuter car that is extremely fuel-efficient and meets the needs of a new generation of car buyers. While it retains the same aesthetics and power as the outgoing 2020 model, Chevy has made few improvements on its safety front. It faces stiff competition from the Kia Rio Hatchback and Mitsubishi Mirage

2021 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback front angle view
2021 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback rear angle view

4.8/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

3.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2021 Chevrolet Spark Features

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark is offered in four well-appointed trim levels, namely LS, 1LT, ACTIV, and 2LT. There are no significant changes across the lineup with few additions to the safety compartment such as the available Forward-collision alert, Lane-Departure warning, and Automatic Emergency braking. All four trims come equipped with an ample set of standard features like air conditioning, four (LS) and six-speaker sound system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 15-inch steel, alloy, and aluminum wheels, and heated front seats to name a few. 

Trims

LS

1LT

Activ

2LT

MSRP (Manual)

$14,595

$16,495

$17,595

$17,995

MSRP (Automatic)

$15,695

$17,595

$18,695

$19,095

Key Features

Air Conditioning

Adds all of the features of LS trim

Adds all of the features of 1LT trim

Adds all the features of ACTIV features

 

4-Speaker Audio System

Remote Keyless entry

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Keyless Entry/Push-button start

 

7-inch Infotainment Touchscreen

Cruise Control

Simulated leather upholstery

Rear Park Assist

 

Manual windows, door locks, and mirrors

Power windows, mirrors, and door locks

Heated front seats

Upgraded driver information display

 

15-inch steel wheels

15-inch alloy wheels

Fog Lights

15-inch Aluminum Wheels

 

Halogen Projector-beam headlamps

Six-speaker audio system

Daytime running lights

Simulated leather seating surfaces

 

Driver Information Center

SiriusXM Radio

Heated power outside mirrors

Chrome door handles and trim

The 2021 Spark hatch provides seating for up to five passengers with ample headspace and legroom. Available in both manual and automatic transmission, you can choose a vehicle that best suits you. From the driver's seat, you have full access to the available 7-inch Chevrolet Infotainment 3 touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. You can also connect your compatible device to select models through Bluetooth, utilize OnStar, and stay connected with available Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

Which trim should you buy? 

The Chevrolet Spark is a small and stylish car with a lot of options. Everyone can afford it even during these tough times, and they get very good fuel efficiency. Given that the buying options are long-term, we recommend opting for the Activ variant as it offers all the generic features and comforts to keep you safe and lively. 

2021 Chevrolet Spark Engine and Performance

4.8/10

A 1.4-liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 engine will power up every 2021 Chevrolet Spark, which is capable of churning 98 horses of power and 94 lb-ft of torque that will be converted into motion via a 5-Speed manual transmission available as standard. A CVT automatic transmission can also be availed for an additional 900 bucks. In the end, all that power generated will be used to light up the front wheels only as there is no option to avail an All-Wheel Drivetrain. 

With the 2021 Chevrolet Spark in your drive, you'll be able to glide confidently through just about any street or surface. This Hatch can make 0-60 in 10.7 seconds and can run through a quarter-mile in 18 seconds, reaching a top speed of 89 mph. While on the Continuously Variable Transmission(CVT), the hatchback delivers a smooth and responsive driving experience. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

MSRP

$14,595

$17,955

$14,295

Engine

1.4-Liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.6-Liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.2-Liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-3

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-Speed manual 

CVT

CVT

Power 

98 hp @6,200 rpm

120 hp @6,300 rpm

78 hp @6,000 rpm

Torque 

94 lb-ft @4,400 rpm

112 lb-ft @4,500 rpm

74 lb-ft @4,000 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

10.7 seconds

8.9 seconds

12.0 seconds

Quarter Mile (sec)

18.0 seconds

16.9 seconds

18.8 seconds

Top Speed (mph)

89 mph

114 mph

125 mph

In the competitive landscape, the brawnier-looking Mitsubishi Mirage is the underpowered Hatch with 78 horsepower and 74 pounds of torque, pushing it to last place. The Kia Rio grabs the first spot with 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque, probably the highest in the segment, followed by the Chevrolet Spark. Also, the Kia Rio is the quickest accelerating car in the lot. 

How well does the 2021 Chevrolet Spark handle?

The ride quality of the Spark on the rough pavement is also good. Potholes and bumps are swallowed up with minimal road noise seeping into the cabin, which is also aided by its lightweight design. The suspension does a great job of keeping everything feeling settled and composed. It’s tight but never harsh, even over rougher sections of the road, providing a comfortable experience for the driver and passengers alike.

2021 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback ride and handling

2021 Chevrolet Spark Braking Performance

The 2021 Chevy Spark's braking system is a redesign of its previous model. The braking system was designed to stop the vehicle quicker while maintaining control in high-stress situations. The traction and anti-lock properties make it suitable for all types of driving conditions, whether wet or dry. As standard, the vehicle also comes with a few more braking features like brake assist, ventilated front and rear rotors, ABS with EBD, etc.

2021 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback brake rotor

Models

2021 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

9.3

11.0

9.0

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

7.9

8.0

7.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,246

2,762

2,095

60-0 (feet)

137

119

127

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark is equipped with 9.3-inch front rotors and 7.9-inch rear rotors, which are essential if the car is to be roadworthy. The Spark needs 137 feet to come to a complete stop from 60 mph. The rivals in the segment offer better figures in both brake rotors and braking distance, with Kia Rio taking the least distance of 119 feet to reach a halt from 60 mph.

2021 Chevrolet Spark Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark, like its predecessor, is fuel-efficient and economical enough for just about any driver. With an EPA rating of 30 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on highways, and 33 mpg combined, it offers a pretty decent range but not better than its rivals. It features a fuel tank of 9 gallons, which delivers a range of 297 miles combined, which is far lower than the Mirage and Rio. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

MPG (City)

30

33

36

MPG (Highway)

38

41

43

MPG (Combined)

33

36

39

Fuel Tank Capacity

9.0 gal.

11.9 gal.

9.2 gal.

Range (city/highway/combined)

270/342/297

392.7/487.9/428.4

331.2/395.6/358.8

Compared to the Chevrolet Spark, its rivals drive more efficiently, especially in the city. The Mitsubishi Mirage leads the table with a wide margin, delivering 36 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highways and 39 mpg combined. Followed by the Kia Rio, which returns 36 mpg in the combined case, and it also sports the largest fuel tank with 11.9 gallons of capacity.

2021 Chevrolet Spark Interior

7.5/10

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark retains the same cabin design as its predecessor. The interior of this Chevy Spark is pretty appealing, featuring a jet black interior, and it certainly stands out amongst the sea of dull beige interiors found in most small cars. It comes with the standard set of features like heated front seats, air conditioning, driver information display, and leatherette upholstery.

2021 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback cockpit area

The front seats provide about 41.7 inches of legroom, and the backseat offers 33 inches, which is fair enough for tall folks to sit comfortably on long drives. Due to its very small footprint, the interior of the Spark can feel a bit tight when compared to larger sedans or SUVs, but it will serve you well if you are looking for a fuel-efficient compact car that still manages to seat four adults. The dashboard design is simple yet stylish with gentle curves that lead up to the driver's instrument console which includes a 3.5-inch color display. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

Seating Capacity

4

5

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39/50.8/41.7

38.9/54.1/42.1

39/51.7/41.7

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37/49.8/33

38/53.3/33.5

37.2/51/34.2

Cargo Volume (cubic feet)

11.0

17.4

17.1

In the competition, the Kia Rio triumphs again with a capacious cabin that can seat 5 adults comfortably and even offers the largest luggage room in the segment at 17.4 cu-ft. On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Mirage impresses with its cargo space of 17.1 cu-ft. while offering a decent seating room for 5 passengers. The Spark is the hatch with the least amount of cargo and seating room in the segment. Standard interior features of the 2021 Chevrolet Spark include:

  • Leather Wrapped Steering wheel
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leatherette Upholstery
  • Air Conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry and Push-button start
  • MID information center

How intuitive is the 2021 Chevrolet Spark’s Infotainment System?

The 2021 Chevy Spark comes with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. The center console houses a 7-inch Infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port. We do have a six-speaker sound system, while the base LS trim qualifies for a four-speaker audio system only. Overall, the Chevrolet Spark’s infotainment is the best of all the hatchbacks in this segment.

2021 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback infotainment screen

All the standard infotainment features are listed below:

  • 7-inch infotainment Touchscreen with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System
  • 6-Speaker Audio System
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility
  • Bluetooth Audio streaming
  • USB and AUX Plugin compatibility
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
  • Navigation System
  • OnStar emergency communications with onboard Wi-Fi hotspot

2021 Chevrolet Spark Exterior

3.0/10

Simple, minimalistic, and functional, the 2021 Chevrolet Spark hatchback pushes the limits of ingenuity and technology with a footprint that shifts, bends, and stretches to accommodate your necessities. Innovative red-lit LED lights to change direction with the touch of a button are provided in the center console to ease nighttime driving. Despite being an affordable hatchback, the Spark sports a well-crafted and premium design. 

2021 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback 

The front fascia houses the halogen projector-beam headlamps with LED DRLs, fog lights, and a blacked-out grille. The Chevrolet Spark is conveniently named for its minuscule stature, but it's anything but wee. This subcompact hatchback features a rear spoiler for improved high-speed stability, and heated door mirrors let you see more of the road ahead in inclement weather.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,246 lbs

2,762 lbs

2,095 lbs

Length (inches)

143.1

160.0

149.4

Width (inches)

62.8

67.9

65.6

Height (inches)

58.4

57.1

59.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.7

5.5

6.3

Wheelbase (inches)

93.9

101.6

96.5

Among the competition, the 2021 Chevrolet Spark turns out to be the most compact offering, which enhances its maneuverability but falls short in the comfort and seating space. The Kia Rio is the heaviest, and in fact, the bulkiest hatch in the segment, leading in all fronts like weight, length, and width. Some standout exterior features of Chevrolet Spark include:

  • 15-inch Steel/Alloy/Aluminum wheels depending on the trim you choose
  • Heated & Power Side trims
  • Halogen Projector-Beam Headlamps 
  • Unique Chrome Grille
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Integrated rear spoiler
  • Front intermittent Wipers
  • Solar absorbing glass

2021 Chevrolet Spark Safety

8.0/10

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark hasn’t been tested by the NHTSA yet, while the IIHS awarded it with some decent scores in few parameters. The 2021 Spark adds to an already impressive list of safety features. It has been designed with your safety in mind, incorporating Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Side Blind Zone Alert. And as a Chevrolet, the 2021 Spark has many great technologies to help make driving more fun and enjoyable. Other safety features include:

  • Electronic traction control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • LED DRLs
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • StabiliTrak stability control
  • Available Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Available Forward Collision alert
  • Available Lane Departure Warning

2021 Chevrolet Spark Competition

9.0/10

2021 Chevrolet Spark vs 2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

Say you're in the market for a new car and have already narrowed it down to these two models: 2021 Chevrolet Spark and 2021 Kia Rio. But which is better? If you don't need to carry more than two people and their things, then you won't be disappointed with either one. But Kia Rio clearly edges out the Spark when it comes to the fuel economy and interior space, while the Spark is very good in handling and composed ride quality.

2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

2021 Chevrolet Spark vs the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

Both the Mitsubishi Mirage and Chevrolet Spark are well-renowned cars in the compact hatch segment. The differences between these two cars are extensive, but it's not all bad news for Chevy drivers. There are a few things that help save face with this new car, like its lower price point, more storage space, and its sleek design. The Mirage offers superior gas mileage and interior seating room than Spark, but the Chevrolet Spark comes with some quality interior materials with a sturdy build and even offers a better ride quality than the Mirage. 

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

 

2021 Chevrolet Spark Final Verdict

Starting at $14,595, the 2021 Chevrolet Spark is an affordable option that gets you around town and to your destination. Light and nimble, the Spark is the right car for anyone who wants ample visibility, a small footprint, and an incredibly agile driving experience. This two-door, five-passenger hatchback is loaded with features that make every trip an adventure. Get your hands on this wildly talented entry-level hatchback that will leave you spoilt for choice. Whether you prefer speed or efficiency, Spark offers adequate of both for the segment.