2022 Chevrolet Spark

MSRP $13,600 - $15,500

Ranked #4 in Hatchback

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2022 Chevrolet Spark Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 2, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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As a part of the second generation of the vehicle launched way back in 2015, the 2022 Chevrolet Spark carries forward unchanged for the current MY. As a result, it’s still the hatchback you’d like to choose when looking for a vehicle that can satiate a plethora of needs but all at an affordable price. It vaunts some class-leading features and has great handling qualities, thanks to its maneuverable dimensions.

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Pros

Precise handling qualities

Impressive fuel economy

Comprehensible infotainment system

Sophisticated safety system

Cons

Constrained cargo capacity

Compromised rear-seat space

Slow-moving engine

What's New?

No major changes for 2022 MY


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$13600

bodystyle

dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

engine type

horsepower

98 @ 6200

torque

94 @ 4400

transmission

5 speed Manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

9.3/NA 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.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/NA/38 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

LS$13,600 onwards

1LT$15,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Chevrolet Spark in Polar White color
Polar White

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The 2022 Chevrolet Spark continues to compete with the 2021 Kia Rio hatchback and 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage. While it is the better option amongst the lot, its constrained rear seat and cargo capacity, and sluggish engine option cause it to lose out on valuable points in the segment. Can the Chevrolet Spark weave the same magic on its buyers as it has managed previously? Let’s find out.

2022 Chevrolet Spark Features

The 2022 Chevrolet Spark will continue to be made available in the similar four trims as the previous year. Being a carryover model, the Spark comes equipped with a standard 4-cylinder engine and is available with either of its two transmission options. Its extensive list of standard features is ample to keep you engaged on the go, even in the base variant, and hosts basic specifications like air conditioning, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch touchscreen system.

As one moves up the trim ladder, the feature list becomes all the more comprehensive with a number of driver-assistance features being made available with the subcompact hatchback. It falls in a price range that extends from $13,600 for the base variant to $18,100 for the top-tier trim.

Model

LS

1LT

ACTIV

2LT

MSRP (Manual)

$13,600

$15,500

$16,600

$17,000

MSRP (CVT)

$14,700

$16,600

$17,700

$18,100

Key Features

Rearview Camera

Adds or retains features of LS

Adds or retains features of 1LT

Adds or retains features of ACTIV

 

Auto-off headlights

Power Windows

Fog Lamps

Optional Sunroof

 

MP3 Player

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Keyless Ignition

 

Daytime Running Lights

Steering-mounted controls

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Optional Front Reading Lamps

 

Wi-fi Hotspot

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Rear Parking Aid

 

Air Conditioning

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio

Rearview Camera

 

Cloth Upholstery

Keyless Entry

Heated Front Seats

Optional Smart Device Integration

We Recommend

The final buying decision will depend on the buyer’s pocket size and the amount of money, they are willing to spend on the purchase of a new subcompact hatchback. However, we would recommend opting for the 2022 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV to equip your vehicle with the best features. The mid-level ACTIV trim houses features of the LS and 1LT trims as standard and also adds additional optional features for higher comfort value. We also suggest opting for the manual transmission as it not only grants higher autonomy while driving but also saves the driver from the partially clunky nature of the CVT unit.

Release Date

The 2022 Chevrolet Spark is expected to follow the brand’s rigid launch timeline and is anticipated to hit the markets by the third quarter of 2021. However, if sources are to be believed, the subcompact hatchback’s production is already in place and was scheduled to begin from 5th June 2021. Given the production schedule, a preponement in the release date might both plausible and possible.

2022 Chevrolet Spark Engine and Performance

The 2022 Chevrolet Spark features a 1.4L four-cylinder engine that is rated at 98hp and 94lb.-ft of torque. While there is no engine upgrade available, we would have loved it if a more powerful unit was provided as optional. Evident from its outputs, the subcompact hatchback does feel a bit underpowered and is rather slow-moving.

The base engine of the 2022 Chevrolet Spark comes mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) unit. Either way, the engine transfers the power to the front wheels and while the manual transmission unit is standard, the CVT can be configured to the hatchback by paying an additional $1,100.

Though performance figures for the latest iteration are not yet known, the 2022 Chevrolet Spark is essentially a carryover model and is expected to perform similarly because of its unchanged powertrain setup. For reference, the 2021 Spark can clock 11 and 18 seconds when sprinting to the 60mph mark and in the quarter-mile run, respectively.

Due to its smaller and manageable dimensions, the 2022 Chevrolet Spark is easily maneuverable and can fit into tight parking spots. The steering system feels precise and the subcompact hatchback handles with great aplomb throughout. While the engine does feel underpowered, the manual transmission comes as a relief for those who want an enriching driving experience. On the other hand, the CVT unit lacks refinement and does feel a tad bit confusing. The suspension system is stable and helps power through all road imperfections without an iota of difficulty.

Model

2022 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

MSRP

$14,700

$16,990

$15,595

Engine

1.4L inline-4

1.6L inline-4

1.2L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

Power

98hp

120hp

76hp

Torque

94lb.-ft

112lb.-ft

74lb.-ft

0-60 mph (seconds)

N/A

8.9 seconds

12.4 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

N/A

16.9 seconds

18.9 seconds

Top Speed

N/A

114 MPH

125 MPH

When compared to the direct competitors, the 2021 Kia Rio Hatchback is the most powerful vehicle in the segment and produces 120hp and 112lb.-ft from its 1.6L inline-4 unit. While the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage also comes equipped with an inline-4 unit, it produces the lowest output of 76hp and 74lb.-ft of torque. Each vehicle makes use of a CVT unit and is channeled as an FWD variant only.

However, the segment that houses these three hatchbacks does not necessarily prioritize power and brute acceleration but rather holds decent drivability in the highest regard. When sprinting from 0 to 60 mph, the Kia and Mitsubishi clock 8.9 and 12.4 seconds, respectively. While the quarter-mile timings show similar rankings, we expect the 2022 Chevrolet Spark to lie midway through the segment.

2022 Chevrolet Spark Fuel Economy

The 2022 Chevrolet Spark is impressively frugal and manages efficient fuel figures. However, it lies at the bottom of the table, despite recording a combined mileage of 33 MPG. The 2022 Spark can average 30 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. But its smaller fuel tank that has a holding capacity of 9-gallons feels underwhelmingly low. Consequently, it falls short on valuable range and can cover 270 and 333 miles in the city and on the highway, respectively, before stopping for a gas refill.

Model

2022 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

MPG (city)

30

33

36

MPG (highway)

37

41

43

MPG (combined)

33

36

39

Fuel Capacity

9 gallons

11.9 gallons

9.2 gallons

Range (city/highway/combined) (miles)

270/333/NA miles

393/488/448 miles

331/396/358

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage with its combined efficiency of 39 miles per gallon of fuel can dust any competitor in its way. However, it features one of the smaller fuel tanks in the segment that can hold only 9.2 gallons of fuel and as a result, its range does feel underwhelming.

Equate the 2021 Kia Rio’s efficiency of 36 MPG with its fuel tank of 11.9-gallons and you get the highest range in the segment as a reward. The 2021 Rio Hatchback can cover 393 and 488 miles in the city and on the highway, respectively, and averages a combined range of 448 miles.

2022 Chevrolet Spark Interior

The 2022 Chevrolet Spark’s cabin setup does not feel instantly appealing, but its practicality and usability are where its oneness lies. The interiors are not typically premium but they feel adequately upmarket for the price one pays. At $13,600, Spark is a viable proposition that adds an extensive list of standard features. Though the monochrome dash design does feel subtle and sophisticated, there are visible plastic components that run throughout the cabin.

However, with a clutter-free setup, the interior does look optimistic. There is a shiny surface that surrounds the centrally-placed infotainment system that looks pricey and the digital gauge cluster is one of the most quirky elements on offer on the inside. The seats feel adequately comfortable however, the rear passengers might feel some constraints due to the compromised legroom. The 2022 Spark can seat four passengers only, however, what we do like, in particular, is how supple the seats feel, even on imperfect road conditions.

The 2022 Chevrolet Spark offers two upholstery options, depending on the trim you opt for. Like its rear seats, the cargo capacity is also low. It manages 11.1 cubic feet of space with all seats in an upright position. However, Chevrolet does provide an option of folding rear seats that can increase the existing capacity to 27.2 cubic feet.

Model

2022 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

Seating Capacity

4

5

5

Front Row (headroom/shoulder room/legroom, in inches)

39/40.8/41.7

38.9/54.1/42.1

39/51.7/41.7

Rear Row (headroom/shoulder room/legroom, in inches)

37/49.8/33

38/53.3/33.5

37.2/51/34.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

11.1

17.4

17.1

The 2021 Kia Rio and Mitsubishi Mirage gain ascendancy by seating an extra passenger. The space available to the front and rear seat occupants, however, differs by the slightest of margins. Both hatchbacks feature ultra-modern cabin setups like the Chevrolet Spark and it is difficult to declare a certain winner based on fit and quality.

In terms of cargo capacity, the 2022 Chevrolet Spark lurks at the bottom of the table. While Kia sports the highest trunk volume at 17.4 cubic feet, the Mitsubishi remains behind marginally having a total cargo capacity of 17.1 cubic feet. However, fold the rear seats down and the 2021 Mirage manages 47 cubic feet of space, which is the highest in the segment.

Some salient interior features of the 2022 Chevrolet Spark include:

  • Single-zone Front Air Conditioning
  • Front Door Pockets
  • Cloth/Leather Upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (available on all except the base level trim)
  • Winter/Summer Floor Mat’s Package
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Interior Protection Package

How intuitive is the infotainment system on the 2022 Chevrolet Spark?

The 2022 Spark makes use of the brand’s Infotainment 3 system that is a rather intuitive and user-friendly infotainment system that does not have an inherent and steep learning curve to it. The controls are easy to understand and with the availability of basic functions as buttons and knobs, despite a 7-inch touchscreen add to the practicality of the setup. As standard, it comes equipped with features like an AM/FM Stereo and USB Connection. The central display unit also works in tandem with the rearview camera and the Chevrolet hatchback fits either a four or six-speaker sound system.

Some of the standout infotainment features on offer with the 2022 Chevrolet Spark include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Satellite Radio
  • OnStar Navigation System
  • Steering-mounted audio controls
  • Voice Recognition System

2022 Chevrolet Spark Exterior

The 2022 Chevrolet Spark continues unchanged from the outgoing model and we do not have any complaints about it. The hatchback looks striking, appealing, and follows a distinct design strategy. The blacked-out grille up front, the LED daytime running lights, and front fog lights give it quite a premium fascia.

The design of the 2022 Spark is far from being complicated. Each body line and curve are gracefully tended to and the rather upright stance at the rear looks fitting and catchy for a car in its segment. However, apart from basic design elements, features like the rear spoiler, chrome lining, and rear door integrated handle elevate the design exponentially. Undoubtedly, Chevrolet has made the Spark keeping in mind modern design cues and has successfully managed to be both contemporary and upmarket.

The 2022 Chevrolet Spark is relatively lighter and weighs 2,246 lbs. It is, however, the smallest in overall dimensions. It is the shortest vehicle at 143.1 inches and has a wheelbase that measures 93.9 inches. While its ground clearance is not yet known, it stands at a total width and height of 62.8 and 58.4 inches, respectively.

Model

2022 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Kia Rio Hatchback

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,246

2,765

2,095

Length (in.)

143.1

160

151.4

Width (in.)

62.8

67.9

65.6

Height (in.)

58.4

57.1

59.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

5.5

6.3

Wheelbase (in.)

93.9

101.6

96.5

The 2021 Kia Rio and 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage are larger hatchbacks. While the former is the heaviest at 2,765 lbs, the latter is the lightest weighing 2,095 lbs. The Kia is the longest hatchback in the segment at 160 inches and sports a wheelbase of 101.6 inches. The Mitsubishi on the other hand is the tallest and has a total ground clearance of 59.4 and 6.3 inches.

In terms of design, the 2021 Kia Rio is strikingly beautiful. However, the Mitsubishi Mirage misses out on the raw charm you will find on other cars. Some of the salient exterior features of the 2022 Chevrolet Spark include:

  • 15-inch all-season tires
  • Body-color painted side moldings
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Optional sunroof (available with the top-tier trim only)
  • Chrome embellishments
  • Large number of color options to choose from

2022 Chevrolet Spark Safety

The 2022 Chevrolet Spark has not been rated by federal and non-federal agencies. However, with an abundant number of features that it packs, its ratings are suspected to be class-competing. As standard, the Chevrolet makes use of disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. It comes equipped with specifications like 4-wheel ABS, tire pressure monitoring system, and daytime running lights. Some of its other standout safety specifications include:

  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Traction and Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Post Collision Safety System
  • Dual front and rear side airbags
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Anti-theft Alarm System (with the higher-level trims)
  • Fog Lamps (available on all trims except the base variant)

2022 Chevrolet Spark Competition

2022 Chevrolet Spark vs 2021 Kia Rio

Though the 2021 Kia Rio is priced diminutively higher than its competitors, it delivers performance that justifies its price tag. Its engine is the most powerful in the segment and is the quickest and fastest performing hatchback. Its impressive performance does not have a bearing on its efficiency and it rides smoothly. While the CVT does feel noisy at higher speeds, the drive quality is appreciable.

When compared to the 2022 Chevrolet Spark, both hatchbacks have similar front and rear row space, but the Kia can seat an extra passenger. It is also a better-looking vehicle and sports an upmarket cabin design. Amongst the two, we recommend opting for the 2021 Kia Rio for it provides better value for money and grants an enriching experience.

2022 Chevrolet Spark vs 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage will etch its name in the segment by being the most efficient hatchback that is just shy of the 40 MPG mark. However, its frugality comes at the cost of its performance and with a rather underwhelming engine that produces the lowest outputs in the segment, the Mirage fails to impress the buyers.

But when compared to the 2022 Chevrolet Spark, the 2021 Mirage can seat an extra passenger. It also sports a premium interior setup. However, its cargo capacity is the highest in the segment. Despite a refreshed design with the latest model, Mitsubishi lacks refinement and a premium aura to its design. While the decision between the two is a hard one to make, we would opt for Spark for its extensive list of standard features.

2022 Chevrolet Spark Final Verdict

The 2022 Chevrolet Spark is affordable, offers a multitude of trims, and is an exquisite performer that gives its competitors a run for their money. Despite falling in the sub $20000-category it feels premium and upmarket. While the exterior design is appreciable and features a number of plush elements, the interior setup does have some bland materials including plastic embellishments that run through the dash.

However, in the segment that it falls, the 2022 Chevrolet Spark is expected to be a nimble driver and it stands true to its claim by being highly agile and versatile. While the CVT transmission isn’t the best, the manual unit does its job with great aplomb. By providing high value for the money spent, the subcompact hatchback is one of the better options in the segment, well, until Mitsubishi and Kia announce the arrival of 2022 MYs of their hatchbacks.