It’s got four wheels, an engine, and seats. So it’s a car, right? Yes, the 2022 Chevy Spark qualifies as a car, despite go-cart-like proportions and power. But the Spark is a box-checking car that fits a need for four wheels, an engine, seats, and turn signals. Find out below how it stacks up against other ultra-cheap subcompacts below.

Fits any budget if you skip the safety gear. With a starting price of just $14,595 (destination fees included), the 2022 Chevy Spark fits just about any budget. Some rivals cost significantly more, including the Hyundai Accent ($17,670), Kia Rio ($17,145), and Nissan Versa ($17,500). The only notable model that’s cheaper is the Mitsubishi Mirage at $14,551.

That said, at that bargain-basement price, the Spark has no advanced safety tech standard. And if you want it, you’ve got to go with the range-topping $19,095 (destination fees included) 2LT model. However, this is common in this class, as only the Versa has a standard automatic emergency braking.

Good infotainment system. The 2022 Chevy Spark features a standard seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that’s easy to use and modern. This easily thumps the Rio and Accent, which have five-inch screens, and matches the Versa’s standard screen.

Not particularly exciting. But that’s about all the excitement you’ll get from the Spark, as its 98-horsepower engine is getting you nowhere in a hurry. No cars in this eco class aren't fast, but they are competent, including the 120-hp Accent and Rio and 122-hp Versa.

With a price this low, you won't find a hybrid option for better fuel economy. Although Chevy used to make a Spark EV, that has long since been discontinued. While it remains unclear if the Spark will be discontinued just like the Sonic, it remains a distinct possibility.

Decent front seats, but the rears are not so hot. The 2022 Spark’s front seats are comfortable enough for the class and offer good outward visibility. They aren’t on the Nissan Versa’s level of comfort, but they’re okay.

The Spark offers just 33 inches of legroom in the rear, and its cargo room sits at 11.1 cubes with the seats up and 27.2 with them folded. Yeah, it’s tight back there. The Rio offers a little more space with 17.4 cubes with the seats up and 32.8 with them folded. Surprisingly, the Mirage is a leader with 17.1 cubes with the seats up and a massive 47 cubes with them folded.

Final thoughts. The Chevy Spark is what it is: a tiny, cheap hatchback. With its decent exterior design and standard infotainment system, the 2022 Chevy Spark ekes out a few solid wins, but it’s otherwise a box-checking car. “Need a cheap car… Check.”

Buyers can get a lot more by moving up a bit in price to the Nissan Versa or Kia Rio. Buyers who need real cargo room can find this in the surprisingly cavernous Mitsubishi Mirage. Alternatively, a number of small crossovers like the Honda HR-V could be up to the task.

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