2014 Chevrolet Spark

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Chevrolet Spark. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    34-35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    84-hp, 1.2-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Spacious cabin
  • Stable, secure handling
  • Intuitive multimedia system
  • Relatively large cargo area

The Bad

  • Rough highway ride
  • Hard-to-read gauges
  • Cumbersome backseat folding
  • Rubbery manual shifter

Notable Features of the 2014 Chevrolet Spark

  • Minicar slots below Sonic
  • CVT replaces four-speed automatic, manual still offered
  • 10 airbags
  • 1.2-liter four-cylinder
  • Electrically powered version available in California and Oregon

2014 Chevrolet Spark Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Spark is a four-door hatchback that boasts city-friendly dimensions and Chevrolet's available MyLink multimedia system. Slotting below the subcompact Sonic, which is more than a foot longer in hatchback form, the Spark competes with a handful of minicars in the U.S.: the Smart ForTwo, Scion iQ and Fiat 500.


An all-electric Spark EV is available in California and Oregon, but Chevrolet has not announced plans to sell the EV in other states.

(Skip to details on the: Spark EV)
New for 2014
Now in its second model year, the Spark can have a continuously variable automatic transmission, which replaces a four-speed automatic as the car's optional transmission. The new transmission is designed to offer better gas mileage, improved acceleration and less engine noise. All trim levels now have standard automatic headlights, and 2LT models add heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
Exterior Highlights

  • 144.7-inch overall length
  • 15-inch alloy wheels 
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Available fog lights
  • Available roof rails

Interior Highlights

  • Seats up to four
  • Standard cloth seats; simulated leather available
  • 11.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind backseat; 31.2 cubic feet of maximum cargo space 
  • Air conditioning
  • AM/FM stereo with MP3 jack, outside temperature display
  • Power windows
  • Available cruise control
  • Available power locks
  • Available steering-wheel audio and phone controls
  • Available MyLink multimedia system with MP3 jack and US...
Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Spark is a four-door hatchback that boasts city-friendly dimensions and Chevrolet's available MyLink multimedia system. Slotting below the subcompact Sonic, which is more than a foot longer in hatchback form, the Spark competes with a handful of minicars in the U.S.: the Smart ForTwo, Scion iQ and Fiat 500.


An all-electric Spark EV is available in California and Oregon, but Chevrolet has not announced plans to sell the EV in other states.

(Skip to details on the: Spark EV)
New for 2014
Now in its second model year, the Spark can have a continuously variable automatic transmission, which replaces a four-speed automatic as the car's optional transmission. The new transmission is designed to offer better gas mileage, improved acceleration and less engine noise. All trim levels now have standard automatic headlights, and 2LT models add heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
Exterior Highlights

  • 144.7-inch overall length
  • 15-inch alloy wheels 
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Available fog lights
  • Available roof rails

Interior Highlights

  • Seats up to four
  • Standard cloth seats; simulated leather available
  • 11.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind backseat; 31.2 cubic feet of maximum cargo space 
  • Air conditioning
  • AM/FM stereo with MP3 jack, outside temperature display
  • Power windows
  • Available cruise control
  • Available power locks
  • Available steering-wheel audio and phone controls
  • Available MyLink multimedia system with MP3 jack and USB port
  • Available Apple Siri voice recognition integration with compatible iPhone

Under the Hood

  • 84-horsepower, 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Engine runs on regular gas
  • Standard five-speed manual; optional CVT
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • 10 airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Six months of OnStar telematics, which includes automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle assistance and roadside assistance

Spark EV
The Spark EV is an all-electric version of Chevrolet's minicar and the brand's first purely battery-powered car. (Chevrolet's Volt uses a gasoline engine that sustains charge once its electric range is depleted.) The car's approximate range is 82 miles, and like other electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric, the Spark EV is dead once the battery is drained. It went on sale in limited numbers in Oregon and California in summer 2013, and Chevrolet hasn’t said whether it will be offered in other states.

  • Powered by an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack
  • Charging time of about seven hours with a 240-volt source, 20 hours with a 120-volt outlet
  • Available DC quick charging is designed to replenish 80 percent of the battery in about 20 minutes
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Range-extending elements include low-rolling-resistance tires, active shutters and a rear spoiler

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Latest 2014 Spark Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Wonderful Car with amazing efficiency

by DKeys88 from Hollister, MO on July 28, 2018

The Spark is surprisingly nimble, efficient, reliable, and fun to drive. My 2014 is a manual transmission which is the smoothest and easiest stick shift I have EVER driven. I literally can?t even feel ... Read full review

(2.0)

2014 owned for 5 years its been interesting

by Ash86 from Havelock nc on July 20, 2018

Hate it but almost paid off so keep it. I have 78k on it 2 mo. After having it said fuel injectors were clogged that it would cost me 200 to fix them i told them it should be covered they told me no ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Chevrolet Spark LS Manual

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
acceptable
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Spark received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker