2017 Chevrolet Spark

MSRP $13,000 - $17,425

Ranked #3 in Hatchback

6.9

Overall Rating

2017 Chevrolet Spark Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is priced at $13,000 and packs in a peppy inline-4 engine that helps it scoot from 0-60 mph in under 11 seconds and return 29 mpg in the city. The Spark due to its compact size offers only seating for four and a mediocre 11.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Although the tech-loaded Spark keeps you engaged while inside the cabin, the not-so-comfortable seats and smaller legroom play a spoilsport. This year the Spark comes with OnStar service, smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and optional driver-assist features on the 2LT trim.

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Pros

Tech-loaded infotainment

Easy to maneuver

Above-average fuel economy

Affordable price tag

Cons

Feels strained at highway speeds

Sub-par cargo space

Lacks sufficient legroom

What's New?

For 2017 the Chevrolet Spark EV version has been dropped.

A few new color options have been added with some package deletion.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$13000

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

143 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

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

93.9 in.

length

143.1 in.

width

62.8 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

2246 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

83 cu ft.

cargo volume

27.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

5200 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

18 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

177 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/33/38 mpg

highway range

634.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LS$13,000 onwards

1LT$14,825 onwards

ACTIV$16,070 onwards

2LT$16,325 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Chevrolet Spark in Brimstone color
Brimstone

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

6.4

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.3

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.9

Overall Rating


The 2017 Chevrolet Spark comes with no major changes except for the discontinuation of the Chevrolet Spark EV. The 2017 Spark is powered by a 98-hp, 1.4-liter inline-4 engine mated to a manual or a CVT gearbox. The price of the 2017 Chevrolet Spark starts at $13,000 which is an approximately $500 price bump from the previous year's model. 

The Spark is a very frugal hatchback that strikes a fine balance between ride comfort and handling. The small footprint of the Spark aids in better maneuverability in the city although the cabin space and cargo area take a hit in the Spark due to it. Having said that, the 2017 Spark falls under the subcompact hatchback segment and rivals the likes of Honda Fit, Kia Rio, and Mitsubishi Mirage.


7.5/10
Features

6.4/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.3/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2017 Chevrolet Spark Features

7.5/10

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark comes in four trims LS, 1LT, ACTIV, and 2LT trims. The base LS trim starts at $13,000 and comes with the manual transmission. The four-pot engine is also standard across the range. The CVT gearbox is available as an option for $1,100 extra on all the trims. Next comes the 1LT trim that starts at $14,825 followed by the topmost 2LT that starts at $16,325.

2017 Chverolet Spark ACTIV side view

The ACTIV trim is a new addition this year and starts at $16,070. The ACTIV trim raises the ground clearance, adds roof rails, ACTIV specific bodywork and alloy wheel design, etc. As for the standard features, the main highlight remains the Chevrolet MyLink and GM's OnStar Service that adds various smartphone connectivity options and a Wi-Fi hotspot respectively.

Trim LS 1LT ACTIV 2LT
MSRP (Manual) $13,000 $14,825 $16,070 $16,325
MSRP (CVT) $14,100 $15,925 $17,170 $17,425
Key Features 98 hp, 1.4-liter inline-4 engine Adds or upgrades to 'LS' Adds or upgrades to '1LT' Adds or upgrades to '1LT'
  Halogen headlamps w/ daytime running lamps Heated outside mirrors w/ manual-folding Roof rails Driver multi-information display w/ enhanced monochromatic display 
  Rear spoiler Front fog lamps Remote Keyless Power Door Locks Rear Parking Sensors
  Hill-start assist SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/ a 3-month trial Heated front seats Remote Keyless Entry
  Rearview Camera Heated and power-adjustable outside mirror Leatherette upholstery Keyless Ignition
  Air conditioning 6-speaker sound system   Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  7-inch touchscreen w/ Chevrolet MyLink Cruise control    

We Recommend

We suggest going for the 2LT that costs under twenty grands and adds a lot of nifty features. You get keyless entry and push-button start, heated front seats, parking sensors, better driver multi-information display, leatherette upholstery, and a few more over-the-base trim. Being a budget car the base trim is sparsely equipped and going for the top trim makes day-to-day life easy with the added features.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Engine and Performance

6.4/10
The Spark’s engine may be weak, but it delivers good fuel economy. -cars.usnews

2017 Chevrolet Spark Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is powered by a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 engine which is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard while the CVT gearbox is available.

The Spark's powertrain puts out a mediocre 98 hp and 94 lb-ft of torque. All the power is channeled to the front wheels as standard.

Models 2017 Chevrolet Spark 2017 Honda Fit 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 Kia Rio
MSRP $13,000 $15,990 $12,995 $15,395
Engine 1.4-liter Inline-4 1.5-liter Inline-4 1.2-liter Inline-3 1.6-liter Inline-4
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD
Transmission 5-speed manual 6-speed manual 5-speed manual 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 98 hp @ 6200 rpm 130 hp @ 6600 rpm 78 hp @ 6000 rpm 138 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque 94 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 114 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm 74 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 123 lb-ft @ 4850 rpm

Among the rivals, the Mirage is the only hatchback that comes with an inline-3 engine and puts out the least power and torque figures among all. The Kia Rio is the most powerful hatchback here that puts out 40 hp and 27 lb-ft of torque more compared to the Spark from its bigger inline-4 engine.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Acceleration

Powered by the anemic inline-4 engine the Spark manages to go from 0-60 mph in 10.7 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 18.1 seconds. The slower 0-60 mph and quarter-mile timings can be attributed to the fact that it's the least powerful hatchback with an inline-4 engine among rivals.

Models 2017 Chevrolet Spark 2017 Honda Fit 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 Kia Rio
0-60 MPH 10.7 9.2 sec 12.8 sec 8.9 sec
Quarter mile 18.1 sec 16.9 sec 19.5 sec 16.7 sec
Engine 1.4-liter Inline-4 1.5-liter Inline-4 1.2-liter Inline-3 1.6-liter Inline-4

The Kia Rio with its powerful engine does the fastest 0-60 mph run and covers the quarter-mile. Compared to the Rio, the Spark is 1.8 seconds slower in the 0-60 mph run and 1.4 seconds slower in covering the quarter-mile.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Ride and Handling

When it comes to handling the 2017 Chevrolet Spark is agile and easy to maneuver courtesy of its small footprint. The ride quality of the Spark strikes a fine balance between comfort and stability. It is soft on the undulation and stiffens up well at highway speeds. But bear in mind this is not a hot hatch and has its limitations. Overall, the Spark is a hatchback that rides and handles well for its segment.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Braking

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark comes with a 9.3-inches rotor at the front and a 7.9-inches rotor at the rear. The front brakes are discs while the rear ones are drums with a 4-wheel anti-lock braking system. The setup helps the Spark brake from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.

0Model 2017 Chevrolet Spark 2017 Honda Fit 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 Kia Rio
Brake Front (in.) 9.3 10.3 9.0 10.1
Brake Rear (in.) 7.9 7.9 7.0 N/A
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2,246 2,513 2,018 2,564
60-0 MPH (ft.) 120 126 118 124

Although the Mirage gets a smaller brake setup, due to its lowest curb weight it manages to stop from 60-0 mph in two feet less than the Spark. The heftiest Kia Rio took four feet more than the Spark to come to a standstill from 60 mph.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark as per EPA estimates returns 29 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined. While if you go for the CVT gearbox then there is a one mpg increase in the city gas mileage. That said, the Spark gets the smallest 9-gallon fuel tank making you visit the gas station frequently.

Model 2017 Chevrolet Spark 2017 Honda Fit 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 Kia Rio
MPG (city) 29 29 33 27
MPG (highway) 38 36 41 36
MPG (combined) 33 32 36 30
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 9.0 10.6 9.2 11.4
Range (City/Highway/Combined) (miles) 261/ 342/ 297 307/ 382/ 339 304/ 377/ 331 308/ 410/ 342

The stellar fuel economy figures of the Mitsubishi Mirage due to its smaller inline-3 engine and lower curb weight are unbeatable. Compared to the Mirage, the Spark returns 4 mpg less in the city, 3 mpg less on the highway, and 3 mpg less combined. The Kia Rio remains the least efficient but masks it well with the biggest 11.4-gallon fuel tank. 

2017 Chevrolet Spark Interior

7.3/10
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

2017 Chevrolet Spark Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark offers only seating for four when the rivals come with seating for up to five passengers. The Chevrolet Spark offers a spacious cabin upfront and a good view of what's outside due to the tall seating position. Although the seats lack support and can get tiresome over long journeys.

Moving to the backseat, you won't be comfortable here either due to the restricted headroom and smaller legroom. This can be attributed to the fact that the 2017 Spark comes with the shortest 93.9-inches of wheelbase. 

Model 2017 Chevrolet Spark 2017 Honda Fit 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 Kia Rio
Passenger capacity 4 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39/ 50.8/ 41.7 39.5/ 54.8/ 41.4 39.1/ 51.7/ 41.7 40.0/ 53.1/ 43.8 
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.0/ 49.8/ 33.0 37.5/ 52.6/ 39.3 37.2/ 51.0/ 34.0 37.6/ 52.1/ 31.1

Coming to the rivals, the Honda Fit is the most spacious hatchback among all followed by the Mitsubishi Mirage. The Honda Fit is wider than the Spark and thus is able to offer better shoulder room and seating for three passengers at the rear. As for the Kia Rio, it has the most generous front legroom but that comes at the price of rear legroom which is 1.9-inches less than Spark's 33-inches of rear legroom.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Infotainment System

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen as standard which runs on Chevrolet's MyLink. As standard, you get a four-speaker sound system with AM/FM stereo, built-in Wi-Fi, etc. Smartphone connectivity options include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. Moving above the trim ladder adds a six-speaker sound system and SiriusXM satellite radio with a 3-month all-access trial. 

Interior Features

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark packs in a decent list of features. Key interior features worth looking at includes:

  • Single-zone air conditioning
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Rear-window defogger
  • Available cruise control
  • Available keyless entry and push-button start
  • Available heated front seats

2017 Chevrolet Spark Cargo Volume

The cargo volume offered in the 2017 Spark is 11.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats and with the rear seats folded it can be further increased to 27.2 cubic feet. Rear seats also offer a 60/40-split for added flexibility.

Model 2017 Chevrolet Spark 2017 Honda Fit 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 Kia Rio
Cargo Volume 2nd row up (ft.3) 11.1 16.6 17.2 15.0
Cargo Volume 2nd row folded (ft.3) 27.2 52.7 47.0 49.8

All the rivals manage to beat the Spark when it comes to cargo space with the Mitsubishis Mirage offering the highest 17.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats and Honda Fit 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. 

2017 Chevrolet Spark Exterior

6.0/10
 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. -Kelley Blue Book

2017 Chevrolet Spark Dimensions and Weight

The Chevrolet Spark has a very small footprint and that reflects in its dimensions. The look of the Spark is a clear departure from its previous iteration and now has a well-rounded and matured appeal to it. The front fascia has been given an aggressive look with a big grille and angular side intakes. The abruptly breaking crease line on the side profile is somehow well-executed and goes well with the overall design.

Overall the design of the 2017 Spark has made it look more mature and bigger than what it actually is dimensionally. Going for the ACTIV will get you a raised ride height, black-plastic cladding all-around the body, and roof rails to give a tough and rugged look.

Model 2017 Chevrolet Spark 2017 Honda Fit 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 Kia Rio
Curb weight (lbs.) 2,246 2,513 2,018 2,564
Length(in) 143.1 160.0 149.4 159.4
Width(in) 62.8 67.0 65.6 67.7
Height(in) 58.4 60.0 59.4 57.3
Ground clearance (in) 6.6 4.4 6.3 5.5
Wheelbase (in) 93.9 99.6 96.5 101.2

As for the rival, the Honda Fit is the longest and the tallest hatchback. The Kia Rio is the widest and has the longest wheelbase. Compared to the Honda Fit, the Spark is smaller by 16.9-inches and shorter by 1.6-inches. While the Spark has a 7.3-inches smaller wheelbase and is 4.9-inches less wide than the Rio. On the flip side, the Chevrolet Spark has the highest ground clearance of 6.6-inches and if you go for the ACTIV trim the ground clearance goes up to 7.0-inches.

Key exterior features of the 2017 Chevrolet Spark includes:

  • Halogen headlamps
  • Rear spoiler
  • Available 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Available sunroof
  • Available heated and power-adjustable outside mirror

2017 Chevrolet Spark Safety

7.0/10

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark hasn't been rated by the NHTSA yet while the IIHS has only partially crash-tested the Spark. As per the IIHS, the 2017 Spark scored a rating of 'Good' for the front and side crash test while the ease of use of LATCH was rated as the second-best 'Acceptable'. The Chevrolet Spark equipped with the optional safety features was rated with the lowest rating of 'Basic' in front vehicle-to-vehicle crash prevention.

Key safety features of the 2017 Chevrolet Spark includes:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Electronic stability control w/ brake assist
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Available Forward collision warning
  • Available lane-departure warning
  • Available rear parking sensors

2017 Chevrolet Spark Competition

2017 Chevrolet Spark vs 2017 Honda Fit

The 2017 Honda Fit is approximately three grand expensive than the 2017 Spark but for the premium, it offers more power and torque, faster 0-60 mph and quarter-mile timings, a spacious cabin, and a best-in-class cargo capacity compared to the Spark.

The Spark on the other hand is easier to maneuver in tight space and offers slightly better gas mileage, especially on the highway compared to the Fit. But these minor advantages are not enough to help the Spark beat the Fit.

2017 Chevrolet Spark vs 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is almost similar in terms of pricing to the Spark. It comes with the least powerful inline-3 engine compared to Spark's more powerful inline-4 engine. Both the hatchbacks are slow to drive but the same is more pronounced in the Mirage. 

On the plus side, the Mirage offers seating for one more passenger and much better cargo space compared to the Spark. Talking about the fuel economy there is no comparison between the two as the Mirage with one cylinder less and lower curb weight is the most frugal hatchback.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Final Verdict

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is a budget hatchback and thus it won't disappoint you if you keep that fact in mind before judging it. The Spark is a perfect city-commuter thanks to its smaller footprint and a peppy engine. The ride quality and handling are for the most part decent for its size and segment. The highlight of this small city-commuter is its fabulous gas mileage which is second to what the most fuel-efficient Mitsubishi Mirage returns. That said, the biggest con of the Spark is its small cabin size and uncomfortable seats. Thus if you are on a tight budget and looking for a city commuter then the Chevrolet Spark is well-suited otherwise the more spacious and powerful Honda Fit is a better choice here. 


2017 Chevrolet Spark FAQs

Where is the 2017 Chevrolet Spark being manufactured?

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is manufactured in Changwon, South Korea, at GM's South Korea subsidiary. 

What is the price of the 2017 Chevrolet Spark?

The 2017 Chverolet Spark MSRP ranges from $13,000 to $17,425.

What is the range that the 2017 Chevrolet Spark offers from a fuel tank of gas?

In the city, the Chevrolet Spark can go up to 261 miles and on the highway, it can go up to 342 miles from a tankful of gas.