Inside the New Chevrolet Spark

The Chevrolet Spark is a subcompact car that boasts an all new, sporty and fun-to-drive redesign for the 2016 model year. Fans of the Spark love the coupe’s highly maneuverable handling, exceptional fuel economy, and cutting-edge smartphone integration technology. Choose from either a manual or automatic spark as well as several exciting exterior paint options, along with two higher trim levels (the 1LT and 2TL).

The Basics

The suggested MSRP for the redesigned 2016 Spark is $12,660 – $25,510. The four-cylinder engine provides enough power for most driving situations despite putting out less than 100 horse power. The four-seat interior is standard for an entry level vehicle, with 11.1 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk (29.2 with the seats folded). The Spark is engineered with a high-strength steel safety cage and equipped with 10 airbags.

Features

One of the most unique features of the new Chevrolet Spark is its emphasis on the latest technology for an entry-level vehicle. All Sparks come equipped with 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fit hot spot, allowing you to use the internet, stream video, and listen to music from virtually anywhere. In addition, you’ll have MyLink with Bluetooth connectivity as well as both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration functionality.

Other distinctive features of the Spark include its small footprint, which makes parking in small spaces and zipping around the city a breeze. It’s also one of the few cars in this class to come standard with a rearview camera.

How It Compares

When stacked up against competition in the subcompact class, the Chevy Spark comes in about average. While it gets points for best-in-class fuel efficiency and generous standard tech features, other cars in the class tend to be more powerful, more reliable, and have nicer interior finishes. However, the Spark is a great choice for college students and city drivers who want a fun car that does the job.

Fuel Economy

The true benefit of the Spark’s low-powered four-cylinder engine is the best-in-class 30/41 city/highway miles per gallon; you can also opt for the all-electric Spark EV, which gets 128/109 city/highway and can go up to 82 miles on a full charge.

Pros and Cons

The best points in favor of the Spark are its great fuel economy, affordability, cutting-edge tech features, and fun spirit. However, this vehicle has its negative qualities as well.

It hasn’t been reviewed in crash tests, so there’s no way to compare its safety to its competitors. However, it does include several high-end safety features, including the aforementioned rearview camera and optional Driver Confidence package, which bundles lane departure warning and forward collision alert. Higher trim levels also come with rear parking sensors. The Spark also has one of the lowest predicted reliability scores in this class according to evaluation by J.D. Power Associates, which makes it a car to avoid if you want a vehicle that will last for years.

If you’re looking for a fun-to-drive car with a low price tag and don’t mind giving up performance, comfort, and convenience features, the 2016 Spark is a decent option in the subcompact arena.

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