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Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Chevrolet Spark, the smallest Chevy ever sold in the U.S., falls short of the 40-mpg mark, according to recently released official EPA numbers.
  • The base 2013 Chevrolet Spark with a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission returns 32 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway, said the EPA on its Web site.
  • The larger 2013 Chevrolet Sonic with the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission gets better fuel economy on the highway, hitting the 40-mpg mark, according to the EPA.

WASHINGTON — The 2013 Chevrolet Spark, the smallest Chevy ever sold in the U.S., falls short of the 40-mpg mark, according to recently released official EPA numbers. The Spark is set for launch later this summer.
The 40-mpg mark has been something of a Holy Grail for automakers, with many — including Korean automaker Hyundai — touting fuel-economy improvements in their advertising and marketing efforts. Consumers mistakenly may assume that the smallest cars in an automaker's lineup are the best fuel-economy performers, but that is not always the case as evidenced by the Spark, especially when it is compared to its larger siblings, the Cruze and Sonic.
The base 2013 Chevrolet Spark with a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission returns 32 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway, said the EPA on its Web site. The 2013 Spark with a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission returns 28 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
The larger 2013 Chevrolet Sonic with the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission gets better fuel economy on the highway, hitting the 40-mpg mark, according to the EPA.
Another bigger Spark cousin, the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, also gets 38 mpg on the highway. The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco outperforms the Spark in terms of highway mileage. The Cruze Eco returns 28 mpg in city driving and 42 mpg on the highway. Oddly enough, General Motors never provided EPA estimates in the Spark specifications posted on its Web site. Typically, automakers will provide an estimate prior to the EPA releasing official numbers.
The Spark stacks up well against its pint-sized competition, however. The 2012 Scion iQ returns 36 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 2012 Fiat 500 returns 30 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 2013 Smart Fortwo coupe returns 34 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Fuel-economy numbers and gas prices may be less of a concern for car shoppers these days. The price of gas has been declining in recent weeks. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Tuesday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. at $3.47 versus $3.69 a year ago.
Inside Line says: Surprising fuel economy numbers for the 2013 Chevrolet Spark. Call them good, but not great.


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