The 2013 Chevrolet Spark is out to grab a big slice of the city car pie from the likes of the Fiat 500, Smart Fortwo, and Scion iQ, and with it the hearts and minds of young, budget-conscious buyers. Will the Spark's competitive pricing; vibrant colors; high-content, roomy interior; and overall package make an impact in the segment? We recently took it out for a spin and put it through our usual battery of tests to find out for ourselves.
Chevy claims the Spark is its first subcompact for the U.S. and Canadian markets. (We'll forgive its amnesia about the tiny Geo Metro, which was later rebadged as a Chevrolet.) At 144.7 inches overall, the Spark is sized between the Fiat 500 and the premium Mini Cooper. It's more than 2 feet longer than the iQ and Fortwo.
All Sparks come with air conditioning and 10 airbags, as well as power window, locks, and mirrors standard, while 1LT and 2LT models gain Chevy's MyLink Radio infotainment system, which is Pandora and Stitcher compatible. Also on the way is Tunein, an app that allows access to 70,000 radio stations from around the world, and BringGo, a $50 navigation app for your smartphone that is displayed on the MyLink's 7-inch touch screen via a USB or Bluetooth connection. BringGo will be updated free for life.
While the Spark helps drivers keep connected to friends, the city car's driving dynamics and the way it tackles everyday passenger and cargo demands is much more impressive than what apps it has. We recently had a chance to rip around L.A. in the Spark before putting it through our Motor Trend tests. The dozen or so vibrant-colored Sparks in the press car pack attracted lots of attention during our drive loops, and held our attention with its relatively fun-to-drive nature.
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