Don't be surprised if some people assume the 2013 Chevrolet Spark is another newfangled electric car.
Just 12 feet long and with an aerodynamic front end and abruptly chopped-off rear, the South Korean-built Spark could pass for an electric car.
But there's no plug and no problem with fueling the 2013 version of this Chevrolet, because it comes with a gasoline-sipping, internal combustion, four-cylinder engine. (An electric Spark is planned for 2014.)
While the 2013 Spark doesn't rival the government fuel economy numbers of electric cars, its top government mileage rating of 32 miles per gallon in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway for a manual transmission model put it ahead of many competitors.
For example, the best government mileage rating for the 2013 Honda Fit hatchback, which is similarly sized to the Spark, is 27/33 mpg with manual transmission.
Also of note: The Spark can come with high-tech features such as smartphone integrated navigation, Pandora personalized Internet radio, Stitcher Internet news broadcasts and Bluetooth audio streaming.
New for 2013, the five-door Spark hatchback also is Chevy's only subcompact car and carries the lowest starting retail price of the brand.
Starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $12,995 for a base 2013 Spark LS with five-speed manual transmission and 84-horsepower four cylinder. The lowest starting retail price, including destination charge, for a 2013 Spark LS with four-speed automatic transmission is $13,920. However, smartphone compatibility comes only in higher trim levels starting with the 2013 Spark 1LT, whose starting MSRP, including destination charge, is $14,595.
In comparison, Chevy's next-largest hatchback — the 2013 Sonic — has a starting retail price of $15,595 with five-speed manual and $16,690 with six-speed automatic.
Meantime, the five-door 2013 Honda Fit starts at $16,215 with 117-horsepower four cylinder and manual transmission and $17,015 with automatic.
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