2017 Chevrolet Spark
The Spark is the smallest of the Chevrolet cars but features the latest technology and starts at a price tag of only $13,000. With agile handling and a narrow build the Chevrolet Spark is a good choice for narrow streets and city driving.
The 2017 Spark is the second-generation of the model and comes with new equipment and color changes. It comes in both manual and automatic with a 1LT or 2LT engine depending on trim and is actually smaller than the 2016 model. In fact the 2017 Spark is 45 pounds lighter than the 2016 version but has added equipment and safety features such as the 10 airbags, rearview camera and steel safety cage. Other features, such as Forward Collision Alert are available on request.
The Chevy Spark comes with a 1.4L engine and a lightweight aluminum cylinder block and head. It has an estimated 98 horsepower which is a decent increase over the first-generation model. The Spark comes in either a 5-speed manual or automatic Continuously Variable Transmission.
Unlike last year the Spark does not come in an electric variation. You’ll need to look to the Bolt or the Volt for the electric motor. The manual version gets around 30 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway. The automatic is virtually the same as far as fuel economy goes.
Top gear for the Chevy Spark can be reached between 50 to 70 mph. It has a top speed of 105 mph. Zero to 60 mph takes 10.8 seconds and zero to 100 mph takes roughly 41.4 seconds.
The 2017 Chevrolet Spark has a small interior. Most notably the height has been reduced by 2.6 inches over the previous model. Length and width has also been reduced by 1.6 inches and 0.1 inches respectively. It can take four passengers but that would be squeeze if they’re full grown adults. Legroom for the driver has also been reduced by 2.2 inches. Interior space is obviously one of the drawbacks in a small car like the Chevy Spark.
The back seats can split and fold forward to create more cargo space. The downside to this is that the front passengers may need to scoot forward a little to make room for the back seats. It does however give you a fairly flat surface to load up more things. The cargo volume is 11 cu ft. and the passenger volume is 83 cu ft.
The Spark comes with power windows and locks with the option of adding a sunroof for an extra $1,000. It features an advanced LCD display for climate system controls and a radio with color touch display.
The Chevrolet Spark has a starting price of $13,000 for the LS manual. You’ll miss out on the satellite radio, cruise control, steering mounted controls, remote keyless entry and rear park assist that you get wtih the Spark 2LT automatic for $17,425. The LT also has the option of the sunroof and extra safety features such as the Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.
You have 10 colors to choose from including: Summer White, Silver Ice, Toasted Marshmallow, Brimstone, Mint, Red Hot, Splash, Kalamata, Nightfall Gray and Mosaic Black.
Other options in this price range are the Fiat 500, New Ford Ka, Smart ForTwo, Scion iQ and the Volkswagon Up!