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MPG 30 City / 38 Highway
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Great visibility makes it easy to drive
  • Affordable without feeling too cheap
  • Lots of airbags (10 total)
  • Unique and fun styling
  • None that we can think of
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The Spark has to bring its "A" game if it's going to compete with better-established subcompact rivals.


The Chevrolet Spark made its American debut in 2013, but the subcompact model's history begins with the 1998 launch of the Daewoo Matiz on which it is based. Like many "city cars" the hatchback has one main function: to carry passengers around as cheaply as possible. Despite this singular goal, however, a well-optioned Spark offers some unexpectedly nice features.

An 84-horsepower 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine powers all Sparks, which come in six trim levels: LS Manual, LS Automatic, 1LT Manual, 1LT Automatic, 2LT Manual and 2LT Automatic. Trim level names indicate whether the Spark has a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

Sparks aren't built for speed. The manual version creeps to 60 mph in 10.5 seconds, and the automatic version posts a snail-like 12.2-second run to 60 mph. However, subcompact buyers are more interested in fuel economy, and the Spark delivers good numbers: 32 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with a manual, and 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway with an automatic.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Chevrolet Spark
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2013 Chevrolet Spark LS Manual

Recommended for: Buyers who want an economical, inexpensive hatchback

The base LS Manual has a five-speed manual transmission; body-color exterior mirrors and door handles; 15-inch wheels; a rear spoiler; a four-speaker AM/FM audio system with an auxiliary jack; air conditioning; a tilt steering wheel; and power windows.

2013 Chevrolet Spark
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2013 Chevrolet Spark 1LT Manual

Recommended for: Buyers who want premium audio and a manual transmission

The 1LT Manual adds to the LS Manual: power mirrors; a Chevrolet MyLink Touch Radio with AM/FM/CD capabilities, Bluetooth audio streaming, six speakers, a USB port and SiriusXM; steering-wheel-mounted audio and smartphone controls; cruise control; power door locks; and remote keyless entry.

2013 Chevrolet Spark
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2013 Chevrolet Spark 2LT Manual

Recommended for: Buyers who want a sportier look for their manual-transmission Spark

The 2LT Manual features: 15-inch machined-face aluminum wheels; sport front and rear fascia; body-colored rocker moldings; a chrome beltline and liftgate trim; silver roof rails; leatherette seating; heated front seats; and a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel.

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