2013 Chevrolet Spark - $12,245 to start and a 32/38 mpgUS rating with the 5-speed stick.
The 2013 Chevrolet Spark is a four-passenger, five-door hatch powered by a 1.25L I4 that was designed for small families overseas and the first-time buyer here in the US. It is currently the most affordable vehicle in the entire GM lineup and like its larger stable mates, includes the 10 standard air bags along with ABS, StabiliTrak and Hill Start Assist standard.
The Spark’s real draw however is the My-Link system with a seven-inch color touch screen radio including AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio that is capable of playing smartphone-based music, videos, photos, hands-free calling, Pandora, Stitcher and the crème de la crème, BringGo, an embedded app for “full-function GPS navigation” as an optional $50 upgrade to arrive later.
The Spark arrives as a 2,237 pound mini with a somewhat efficient 1.25L ICE and shod with 15” alloys, A/C and power windows as standard equipment.
Like the larger Sonic, the Spark’s interior includes a motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster with a full-color LCD.
When it comes to storage space, the Spark provides an 11.4 cu. ft. of cargo capacity behind rear seat and 31.2 cu. ft. with the rear seat folded.
Spark is covered by a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty including roadside assistance and courtesy transportation, three-year/36,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty and a six-year/100,000-mile rust-through warranty.
It’s small but larger than the iQ and 500 it is competing against. Both of those vehicles are not 4 passenger cars no matter how they are marketed whereas we have sat in the Spark and 4 can “fit” in a squeeze. With the Sonic being what I consider GMs best fuel efficient offering, the Spark is one of the few GM vehicles I am looking forward to driving in the near future.