2013 Chevrolet Spark

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2013 Chevrolet Spark Front Rear Three Quarters
For the last time: the Chevrolet Volt is not a product of General Motors' government bailout. It was conceived in 2007, when George W. Bush was still president, and was well under development by the time a banking crisis and thirty years of mismanagement caught up with old corporation. The Chevrolet Spark? Well, that seems like a different story. Although the minicar also debuted in concept form in 2007, then-vice-chairman Bob Lutz quickly dismissed the notion of actually selling it in the United States. It was only two years later, as GM geared up for intense negotiations with Barack Obama's incoming administration, that a bound-for-U.S.A. Spark resurfaced at the Detroit auto show to prove that the company was serious about producing small, efficient cars. With the Americanized Spark due to arrive in dealerships late this summer -- the heart of campaign season -- we decided it was time to find out whether the Spark brings change we can believe in or is the harbinger of a socialist apocalypse.

Awkward but charming

The best cheap cars, including the original BMC Mini and Fiat 500, transcend their proletarian price tag with cheerful styling. The $12,995 Spark tries to do the same. A bold front fascia, standard fifteen-inch aluminum wheels, and eye-searing colors like "salsa" and "jalapeno" ensure that it won't disappear in a sea of larger, pricier cars. Alas, the four-door hatchback also may draw attention for its proportions, which are as goofy as those of a tween halfway through puberty. The Spark is more than a foot shorter but is 1.3 inches taller than the pricier Chevrolet Sonic. Huge headlamps span the length of a stubby hood. At least it's not boring or dreary.
The same can't be said of the interior. It reprises the motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster from the Sonic, but the downgraded materials remind us that at this end of the market, a $1620 lower base price is a big deal. Body-color trim thankfully interrupts the sea of gray plastic and provides another reason to opt for one of the louder colors. Power windows, but neither power door locks nor mirrors, are standard. Upper trim levels include a seven-inch color touch screen and a USB port. The high roofline provides plenty of headroom even in the back. In other markets the Spark seats five, but in an acknowledgement of Americans' bulk, the middle seat has been eliminated here. That rear bench folds down to open up 31.2 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Made in Korea, made better in the United States

The Spark, which is already on sale in more than 100 countries, was engineered in Korea and will continue to be built there. However, the Spark spent plenty of time at GM's Milford, Michigan, proving ground to prepare for the vigors of the U.S. market. Changes include stiffer front dampers, larger wheels, electric power steering, and a slight displacement increase to the four-cylinder engine. That 1.2-liter engine is still rather petite, but its 83 hp seemed sufficient as we guided the Spark through the ride and handing development loop at the aforementioned proving ground. The steering is quick, precise, and provides better feedback than we've experienced in other small cars with electric steering and, just as important, doesn't get twitchy at higher speeds. Early yet subtle stability control intervention keeps the car pointed in the right direction through midcorner bumps. The throws of the five-speed manual gearbox are smooth if a bit too light (there's also a four-speed automatic). Our short drive did not include any time on the highway, without which it's impossible to issue any kind of conclusive verdict. Still, we'll allow that the Spark comported itself far better than we'd expected.
Chevrolet promises that fuel economy will be "competitive" with the likes of the Scion iQ and the Fiat 500 (which the EPA classifies as minicompacts), so that should translate to a combined figure of about 35 mpg. That's not much better than most subcompacts. Such is the reality in a segment that can't rely on pricey fuel-saving technologies but also must meet modern safety regulations -- the Spark has ten air bags. Chevrolet's solution for this arrives next year in the form of a battery-electric version of the Spark.

Conclusion

It's rather unlikely that President Obama will tout the humble Spark as a campaign achievement, but neither is it something to excoriate. The Spark pleasantly fills a bargain-basement niche that's been all but vacated as compacts and subcompacts have climbed higher in price and refinement.
2013 Chevrolet Spark
On sale: Late summer
Price: $12,995
Engine: 1.2L I-4, 83 hp, 83 lb-ft
Drive: Front-wheel
Fuel mileage: 33/37 mpg (est.)
2013 Chevrolet Spark
2013 Chevrolet Spark

New For 2013

The Spark is an all-new model for 2013.

Overview

The Chevy Spark is the latest entry in the minicar segment, and although it came late, it’s notable for offering four doors, something no other vehicle in this class has. Although the interior reflects the vehicle’s low base price, bright body-color trim—the Spark comes in several eye-searing hues—distracts a bit from the cheapness. Power windows, but not power door locks or mirrors, are standard. Upper trim levels add a seven-inch color touchscreen and a USB port. The high roofline provides plenty of headroom, even in the back seat. Built in Korea, the Spark was modified for U.S. duty with stiffer front dampers, larger (fifteen-inch) wheels, and electric power steering. The 83-hp, 1.2-liter four moves the 2237-pound car with some gusto—until you add a couple of passengers. The steering is quick and precise—the way we wish the Fiat 500’s felt—without being twitchy. Early yet subtle stability-control intervention keeps the car pointed in the right direction through midcorner bumps. The throws of the five-speed manual gearbox are smooth if a bit too light (a four-speed automatic is optional). Chevrolet promises that fuel economy will be “competitive” with the likes of the Scion iQ and the Fiat 500, meaning it’ll be no better than in a subcompact car. The real story, then, will be the electric version that Chevy will offer next year.

Safety

Knee, head, side, and front air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; a tire-pressure monitoring system; hill-start assist; and OnStar are standard.

You'll like:

  • Four doors
  • Copious rear headroom
  • Good steering

You won't like:

  • Fuel economy
  • Manual action too light

Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Spark

  • Fiat 500
  • Scion iQ
  • Smart ForTwo
2013 Chevrolet Spark 2LT Front Right View 1
I like to imagine the Chevrolet team practicing some Stuart Smalley-style self-affirmation as they launched the itty bitty Spark. High in General Motors' downtown Detroit headquarters, I can see a room full of marketers starting every meeting by chanting in unison: "It's good enough, it's big enough, and doggone it, people are going to like it."

2013 Chevrolet Spark 2LT

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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will start at $27,495 before government incentives when it goes on sale this summer. Those eligible for a $7500 federal tax credit could pay just under $20,000, while state incentives could lower the price to as little as $17,495. In California, the Spark EV is eligible for the HOV lane without additional passengers.
2013 Chevrolet Spark Red Profile
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark will have one significant powertrain change when it arrives in showrooms late this summer: the optional four-speed automatic will be replaced by a continuously variable transmission.
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Front Left View
The Chevrolet Spark EV is officially a small car with big numbers: the electric minicar was just rated at 119 MPGe combined, making it the most efficient electric cars available to the public today.
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2013 Chevrolet Spark Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
1.2L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
32 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
38 MPG
Horsepower:
84 hp @ 6400rpm
Torque:
83 ft lb of torque @ 4200rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks (optional)
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured April 10, 2013, to May 8, 2013, and Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured December 30, 2012, to March 1, 2013. In the affected vehicles, an improper weld on the passenger side front air bag inflator may result in the air bag not deploying.
Consequences
If the air bag does not to deploy in the event of a crash, there is an increased risk of injury to the front passenger.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side front air bag, free of charge. The recall began on July 30, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14211.
Potential Units Affected
61
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HOOD:LATCH
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured January 17, 2012, to July 29, 2014. The secondary hood latch may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot causing the striker to get stuck out of position, preventing it from properly engaging the hood latch.
Consequences
If the secondary hood latch corrodes causing the latch to be stuck out of position, and the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the striker with a new part which has superior corrosion protection, free of charge. The recall began on January 7, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14456.
Potential Units Affected
89,294
Notes
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IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

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