The 2013 Chevrolet Spark is an accomplished, inexpensive urban hatchbackThe Fast Lane Car
Not all that long ago, nobody predicted Chevrolet would sell an urban commuter mini car with a small 1.25-liter engine designed almost expressly for younger folks who encounter lots of crowded big-city driving.
But the new 2013 Chevy Spark is just such a car. It’s a front-drive, four-door hatchback approximately two inches shorter than a Mini Cooper. It looks as if it were squashed between two full-size Chevrolets of the early 1970s.
The original version of the Spark is on sale in Europe, Asia, Australia, Mexico and South America. While this type car is supposed to be base, affordable transportation for countries with marginal roads and sky-high fuel prices, the U.S. version of the Spark is modified with stiffer front dampers, larger wheels and electric power steering. It’s also got a larger engine than offered in foreign countries.
List prices for this South Korean-developed car range from $12,245 to $15,970, without a $750 freight charge. There are LS and higher-line 1LT and 2LT trim levels. They come with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.