2013 Chevrolet Spark - First Drive Review [Car & Driver]
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We have passed the point of no return. It seems weíll never go back to wholesale rejection of tiny cars. And this Korean-built Chevy is the very definition of tiny. Itís just 144.7 inches long, or about two inches shorter than a Mini Cooper.
It is, however, fairly roomy inside, thanks to its upright profile. Our six-foot-seven driver fit comfortably up front, with enough space left over for a real human in the seat behind him. Fold the rear bench, and the Spark will haul 31 cubic feet of Habitrail tubes, elbows, and accessories.
Thatís about all the Spark will haul. Loading it up with other things is not advised because other things are less air by volume than Habitrail componentry. With 84 horsepower and 83 pound-feet of torque, the little 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine gets the 2350-pound Spark through first gear reasonably quickly. It slows beyond that but never sounds strained, and itís sufficient for urban commuting. People who need affordable transportation and nothing more wonít notice or care. Hopefully they will notice how well controlled the Sparkís ride is, although the car does suffer from the sway inherent in vehicles whose proportions approximate those of other cars tipped onto their sides.
For something with a starting price of $12,995, the Spark feels surprisingly upscale. The IP borrows a few cues from big brother Sonicís motorcycle-inspired cluster, and splashes of available body-color trim on the dash and in the doors lend an air of richness. One of the bold exterior colors is called Techno Pink. Itís less Hello Kitty and more a tinted silver. Weíre told the colorís huge in Korea, but here, weíre hoping it enjoys wholesale rejection.