(3.9) 97 reviews
MSRP: $5,196$10,880
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 32-35
Engine: 84-hp, 1.2-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2013 Chevrolet Spark

Our Take on the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

Our Take

Chevrolet brings its minicar to the U.S. in the Spark, a hatchback sold overseas since 2008. The Spark boasts city-friendly dimensions and Chevrolet's optional MyLink multimedia system. Slotting below the entry-level Sonic, which is more than a foot longer in hatchback form, the Spark compe... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Rough highway ride
  • Hard-to-read gauges
  • Cumbersome backseat folding
  • Techno Pink paint color

Notable Features

  • New minicar slots below Sonic
  • Four doors, four seats
  • Available touch-screen multimedia system
  • 10 airbags
  • 1.2-liter four-cylinder


Our Expert Reviews

First it was BMW with its Mini, then it was Mercedes-Benz with its Smart: cars that packed style into a small package. Now we've got small cars from Fiat (the 500) and Scion (the iQ), but the relevance of microcars as a segment may rely mostly on the new 2013 Chevy Spark. It's hard to imagine a domestic automaker developing a well-rounded, affordable and shockingly roomy microcar with... Read full review for the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

Consumer Reviews


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A Honest Review

by Curtis from Indianapolis on April 5, 2013

I bought my Chevy Spark in February of 2013. It's the Jalapeno LS Automatic model. The Chevy Spark is my first car. I became fond of small cars after driving a friends Fiat 500 for a day. I wanted a s... Read Full Review

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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