2017 Chevrolet Spark Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - August 17, 2016

The most affordable vehicle in the entire GM family, the Chevrolet Spark entices buyers with its economical operation and easy maneuverability in urban settings. Although it's one of the smallest passenger cars you can buy, the Spark offers most of the infotainment and safety technology found on its larger, more expensive siblings.

What's New for 2017

Following last year's full redesign, the Spark is essentially unchanged.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Spark

Unlike most of its competitors in the mini class, the Spark has four doors and does a reasonably good job of seating four passengers. The 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 98 horsepower and comes with a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The Spark delivers 34 mpg in combined driving with the manual and 35 mpg with the optional CVT.

You get 11.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 27.2 cubic feet with them folded. This is fine capacity for a mini car, although even a subcompact will hold substantially more.

Chevrolet offers the spark in three trim levels:

LS

Includes basics such as air conditioning, a trip computer, a four-speaker sound system, and carpeted floor mats. You also get some unexpected features for this class, including a rearview camera, automatic headlamps, smartphone integration, Bluetooth phone and audio, and Chevy's MyLink infotainment interface. The LS rides on 15-inch steel wheels.

1LT

Fills out the Spark with power windows and locks, power heated side mirrors, six audio speakers, cruise control, keyless entry, and satellite radio. A sunroof is available as a standalone option.

2LT

Adds leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition, rear parking sensors, and chrome exterior trim. Models equipped with the CVT can get a Driver Confidence package with forward collision alert and lane departure warning. The sunroof remains available.

Individual options are limited to a handful of trim pieces like chrome bodyside moldings and a cargo mat.

CarsDirect Tip

The LS carries an impressive amount of technology, but the lack of power accessories makes it too austere for most drivers. That's why we're partial to the 1LT, which gives you low-costing motoring without asking for a sacrifice.

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