2017 Chevrolet Spark

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2017 MODEL
$13,000 - $17,425 See Inventory Prices

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At $13000, Chevy has loaded the Spark with some great safety tech and gizmos which simply gives the Spark a little bit of edge over others. All in all, those seeking a car for basic transportation will certainly be happy with the Spark.


6.7/10
Features

 

6.1/10
Engine

 

8.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.3/10
Interior

 

7.1/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The Chevy Spark is offered in 4 variants with the base variant starting at $13,000. The Spark gets 1.4 litre engine that churns out a humble 98 horsepower. The engine in mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The Chevrolet Spark is a great daily driver. It also performs well in the city. Moreover, it gets some interesting tech features that are simple to use. Highway driving isn't all that really great and that's something that will disappoint you.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Features

6.7/10

The Chevrolet Spark is offered in 4 trim levels namely LS, 1LT, 2LT and ACTIV. The LS trim level of the Spark is priced at $13,000, the 1LT at $14,825, the 2LT at $16,325 and the top of the line ACTIV variant is priced at $16,070.

The base variant comes with some cool features like halogen headlamps, daytime running lamps, audio system with USB and auxiliary jack input. In addition to the features offered with the LS variant, the 1LT variant gets SiriusXM satellite radio, 7 inch touchscreen infotainment interface and solar power absorbing glass. The only addition to the 2LT variant is the 6 speaker audio system. The ACTIV variant additionally gets remote keyless entry that includes panic alarm button and also gets a built in Wi-Fi hotspot.

Trim LS 1LT 2LT ACTIV
MSRP $13,000 $14,825 $16,325 16,070
Key

Features

Headlamps, halogen with automatic exterior lamp control and Daytime Running Lamps Mirrors, heated, outside manual-folding, body-color Headlamps, halogen with automatic exterior lamp control and Daytime Running Lamps Lamp, center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
Audio system feature, USB port and auxiliary input jack located in front center stack storage bin Glass, solar absorbing Rear Parking Sensors Remote Keyless Power Door Locks    
Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface) SiriusXM Satellite Radio enjoy a 3-month trial Remote Keyless Entry includes panic alarm button  
Seat adjuster, 2-way manual front passenger with manual recline

Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7' diagonal color touch-screen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone

Keyless Ignition  
Air conditioning, single-zone manual Audio system feature, 6-speaker system Hands-Free Entry  
Map pocket, front passenger seatback      

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The Spark is the kind of car you will generally use for driving around the town and go to some departmental stores to buy your monthly or weekly grocery. The LS variant gets all the basic thing that you need to have for a car of this stature. Moreover, for $13000, it comes at a bargain price.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Engine

6.1/10
The Spark’s engine may be weak, but it delivers good fuel economy. -cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

Chevy Spark gets a small 1.4 liter, inline 4 cylinder engine. The engine produces 98 horsepower and delivers 94 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and misses out on an automatic gearbox.

Models Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hyundai Accent SE
MSRP $13,000 $15,990 $12,995 $14,995
Engine 1.4L I4 1.5L I-4 1.2L I3 1.6L I4
Transmission 5-speed Manual 6-speed manual 5-Speed Manual 6-speed manual
Horsepower 98 hp 130 hp 78 hp 137 hp
Torque 94 lb-ft 114 lb-ft 74 lb-ft 123 lb-ft

The Spark is not the most powerful car in its segment. The Honda Fit and the Hyundai Accent both make more power than the Spark at 130 HP and 137 HP respectively. The only car that makes less power than the Spark is the Mitsubishi Mirage and it only delivers 78 HP.

Acceleration

The Spark is a slow and sluggish car, credit to its small engine. The Spark takes 10.7 secs to reach 60 MPH from standstill. This car hits the quarter-mile mark in 18 secs. This certainly isn't the car that you take to the race track to enjoy driving.

Models Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hyundai Accent SE
0-60 MPH 10.7 9.1 sec 12.0 sec 8.6 sec
Quarter mile 18.0 sec 16.8 sec 17.5 sec 16.7 sec
Engine 1.4L 1.5L 1.2L 1.6L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.3 5.7 4.9 5.7

The Hyundai Accent has the best 0-60 MPH acceleration timings at 8.6 secs and it also has the best quarter-mile acceleration timing at 16.7 secs. The Accent is followed by the Honda Fit that does 0-60 MPH in 9.1 secs and hits the quarter mile in 16.8 secs. The Mitsubishi Mirage is faster than the Spark in terms of quarter-mile timing but it is slower than the Spark in terms of 0-60 MPH acceleration timing.

Ride and Handling

On good roads, the Spark does handle really well. On bad roads, the ride quality degrades. The Spark is the perfect car for city driving. It easily squeezes into parking spots and the low turning radius enhances its maneuverability. The Spark is a front wheel driven car and so expect it understeer a little bit.

Braking

The Chevrolet Spark gets 9.3 inches diameter discs up front and 7.9 inches diameter discs at the rear. If you ever slam brakes hard, the Spark will come to halt at a distance of 120 feet from 60 MPH. The low curb weight of 2246 lbs. helps the Spark to achieve decent braking performance.

0Model Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hyundai Accent SE
Brake Front (in.) 9.3 10.3 9.0 10.1
Brake Rear (in.) 7.9 7.9 7.0  
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2,246 2,522 2,018 2,489
60-0 MPH (ft.) 120 130 118 116

The Honda Fit is equipped with the largest brakes in the competition. It gets 10.3 inches diameter discs up front and 7.9 inches diameter discs at the rear. But surprisingly it has the poorest braking distance stats and comes to halt from 60 MPH at a distance of 130 feet. The Hyundai Accent on the flip side has the best braking figures and comes to a halt at a distance of 116 feet from 60 MPH.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Fuel Economy

8.3/10

Thanks to the humble engine and the low kerb weight, the Spark delivers impressive fuel economy numbers. The Spark can go for 29 miles every gallon of fuel when driving in the city while on the highway it can go for 39 miles every gallon of fuel. The Spark gets a combined fuel economy rating of 34 MPG.

Model Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hyundai Accent SE
MPG (city) 29 29 33 27
MPG (highway) 39 36 41 37
MPG (combined) 34 32 36 31

The only car that's more fuel efficient than the Spark is the Mitsubishi Mirage. The Mirage gets a combined fuel economy rating of 36 MPG but at the same time it is 22 horses deficient than the Spark. The Honda Fit and the Hyundai Accent, both make more power than the Spark and thus have lower fuel economy rating. The Fit gets a combined economy rating of 32 MPG while the Accent gets a combined rating of 31 MPG.

 

2017 Chevrolet Spark Interior

6.3/10
The rigidly upright seats aren’t particularly comfortable. The rear row has decent legroom compared with rivals, but taller passengers won’t be able to stretch out. -cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

The Spark can accommodate 5 people. It isn't very spacious on the inside but you can still cramp in 5 adults inside. The legroom and headroom on the front and on the rear are pretty decent if not the best. The upright position of the seats is a little disappointing and sitting in the same position continuously for a long period of time might trouble some people.

Model Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hyundai Accent SE
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39/50.8/43.9 39.5/54.8/41.4 39.1/51.7/41.7 39.9/53.7/41.8
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.0/49.8/33.0 37.5/52.6/39.3 37.3/51.0/34.0 37.8/53.4/33.3

On the front, the Spark gets head, shoulder and leg room of 39, 50.8 and 43.9 inches respectively. On the rear, the Spark offers head, shoulder and leg room of 37.0, 49.8 and 33 inches respectively.

Infotainment System

The Spark is equipped with a really decent infotainment system. The infotainment system includes a USB port, four-speaker audio system, a 7-inch infotainment display. Additionally, you get Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple Carplay as standard. Six speaker audio system is offered as an option.

Interior Features

Chevy has loaded the Spark with some great features. Some of the gizmos offered on the inside are listed below

  • 2 way manually adjusting and reclining seats.
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay as standard.
  • Map pocket.
  • Front passenger seatback.
  • Single zone climate control.

Cargo Volume

The cargo volume of the Spark is its biggest downside. With the second row up, the Spark offers cargo volume of 11.1 cubic feet which is not all that really great. Fold down the second row, you open up to 27.2 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Model Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hyundai Accent SE
Cargo Volume 2nd row up (ft.3) 11.1 16.6 17.2 21.2
Cargo Volume 2nd row folded (ft.3) 27.2 52.7 47.0 47.5

The Hyundai Accent offers the best in class luggage space of 21.2 cubic feet with the second row of seats up. The Honda Fit, on the other hand, offers the best in class cargo volume of 52.7 cubic feet with the second row of seats down.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Exterior

7.1/10
 For 2017 the Spark displays a more refined profile. While still diminutive, Chevy's little hatchback appears more proportional thanks to a lower roof and longer wheelbase. It features a larger grille and handsome headlight housings. Integrated handles high in the rear doors give the Spark a svelte, coupe-like profile. -Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The Chevy Spark is one of the tiniest cars in the segment. It is 143.1 inches long, 62.8 inches wide and 58.4 inches tall. The Spark gets the class leading ground clearance of 6.6 inches just to ensure that you don't scratch the floor when you hit a pot hole or a speed bump. Additionally, the Spark is one of the lighter cars in the segment at 2246 lbs. and the low weight helps the Spark to deliver marginally better fuel economy.

Model Chevrolet Spark LS Honda Fit LX Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hyundai Accent SE
Curb weight (lbs.) 2,246 2,522 2,018 2,489
Length(in) 143.1 161.4 149.4 162.0
Width(in) 62.8 67.0 65.6 66.9
Height(in) 58.4 59.4 59.4 57.1
Ground clearance (in) 6.6 4.4 6.3 5.5
Wheelbase (in) 93.9 99.6 96.5 101.2
Track width (in) F/R 54.5/54.5 58.3/58.0 56.3/55.7 59.3/59.5

The Hyundai is the longest car in the segment at 162 inches while the Honda is the widest car at 67 inches. The Mitsubishi Mirage and the Honda Fit are equally tall at 59.4 inches.

Exterior Features

The Spark gets quite a few goodies on the outside. Some of them are listed below.

  • Halogen headlamps.
  • Automatic exterior lamp control.
  • Daytime running lamps.
  • Remote keyless entry (with 2LT and ACTIV variant only.)

 

2017 Chevrolet Spark Safety

The Spark is a host to a number of safety features. Some of them are listed below.

  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with Brake Assist
  • Traction control
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and right-front passenger includes Passenger Sensing System
  • Air bags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-front and rear outboard seating positions
  • Safety belt pretensioners, driver and front passenger, dual
  • Safety belts, 3-point, all positions
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats

IIHS Rating

Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Front crash prevention Basic
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

NHTSA ratings are not available

 

2017 Chevrolet Spark Competition

Honda Fit vs Chevrolet Spark

The Honda fit is $2990 costlier than the Spark but at the same time, the Fit makes more power than the Spark and hence kind of justifies its price tag. The Fit beats the Spark in terms of acceleration. Fit also offers better interior space and also can swallow more luggage than the Spark. The Spark only scores over the Fit in terms of fuel economy.

Also, the Spark offers better braking stats and comes to a halt from 60MPH in 116 feet compared to 130 feet of stopping distance taken by the Honda Fit. If you can stretch your budget a little bit and can sacrifice a little bit on fuel economy, then the Honda Fit is the car that you should certainly go for.

Mitsubishi Mirage vs Chevrolet Spark

The Mitsubishi Mirage is a very basic and frugal car. It only delivers 78 HP of power. As a result, the Spark has the better acceleration figures than the Mirage. The Mirage scores big in terms cargo volume and offers marginally better fuel economy than the Spark. Moreover, the Spark offers the better infotainment system and is also loaded with some advanced safety systems as standard. In conclusion, the Spark clearly makes more sense between the two cars.

Hyundai Accent vs Chevrolet Spark

The Hyundai Accent is $1995 costlier than the Chevrolet Spark. The Hyundai makes more power than the Chevy and also delivers the better acceleration figures. Moreover, the Hyundai has got better braking stats. Also, the Hyundai outshines the Chevrolet in terms of passenger space and cargo volume. The only area where the Spark betters the Accent is the fuel economy. The Spark is slightly more fuel efficient than the Accent. Analyzing all the facts and figures, the Accent does look a better option.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Final Verdict

Chevrolet Spark is a pretty average car. It bags a pretty modest score. There is nothing exciting about this car and it lacks the charm. It is certainly a very frugal car.

Everything has always got two sides, the good and the bad. The compact size of the car makes it easy to wade through the city traffic and maneuverability is no big deal. At $13000, Chevy has loaded the Spark with some great safety tech and gizmos which simply gives the Spark a little bit of edge over others. All in all, those seeking a car for basic transportation will certainly be happy with the Spark.

Pros

Compact dimensions improves maneuverability

Efficient Engine

Smartphone connectivity options

Cons

Not suited for the highway

Lacks utility when compared to the competition

What's New?

Electric model has been discontinued


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$13000

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

143 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

85 cu. in.

horsepower

98 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

94 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11 in. ventilated front disc/11.8 in. drum brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

93.9 in.

length

143.1 in.

width

62.8 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

2246 lbs.

ground clearance

6.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

83 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

11 sec.

standing ¼-mile

18.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/33/38 mpg

highway range

342 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Chevrolet Spark in Toasted Marshmallow Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Spark in Summit White color  2017 Chevrolet Spark in Splash color  2017 Chevrolet Spark in Silver Ice Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Spark in Red Hot color  2017 Chevrolet Spark in Nightfall Gray Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Spark in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Spark in Mint color
Toasted Marshmallow Metallic

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Ratings

Features

6.7

Engine

6.1

Fuel Economy

8.3

Interior

6.3

Exterior

7.1

Driving

7.3

Comfort

6.4

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Chevrolet Spark LS

LS

power
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$13,000 - $14,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $13,000 MSRP (29/33/38) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA
LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $14,100 MSRP (30/33/38) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 4 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Spark 1LT

1LT

power
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$14,825 - $15,925


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $14,825 MSRP (29/33/38) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA
1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $15,925 MSRP (30/33/38) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 4 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV

ACTIV

power
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$16,070 - $17,170


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $16,070 MSRP (29/32/37) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA
ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $17,170 MSRP (30/33/37) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 4 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Spark 2LT

2LT

power
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$16,325 - $17,425


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $16,325 MSRP (29/33/38) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA
2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $17,425 MSRP (30/33/38) 98 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 4 NA

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