By Colin Bird on Wed Aug 08 01:25:00 GMT-06:00 2012
The 2013 Chevrolet Spark gets an EPA-estimated 32/38 mpg city/highway when equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, according to the automaker. When equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission, the Spark gets 28/37 mpg.
At first glance, these numbers look disappointing compared to a Chevrolet Cruze Eco (42 mpg highway) or the Chevrolet Sonic (40-37 mpg), but the Spark competes in a strange category of small city cars. Let's see how it does compared to those tiny cars.
The Spark is built in South Korea and competes against other smaller models like the Fiat 500, Smart ForTwo and Scion iQ. Compared against those small city cars — Fiat 500 (34 mpg), Scion iQ (37 mpg), Smart ForTwo (38 mpg) — the Spark stacks up favorably. However, compare the Spark's mileage to the equally affordable and similarly small 2013 Nissan Versa sedan, which gets up to 31/40 mpg with an continuously variable automatic transmission, and the Spark doesn't look so great.
We've noticed a trend of the tiniest cars getting just OK gas mileage, which mainly is a result of poor aerodynamics.
The Chevrolet Spark is already on sale with an attractive initial starting price of $12,995, including a $750 destination fee.