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2014 Chevrolet Spark

$5,238 — $11,354 USED
Hatchback
4 Seats
34-35 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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

What to Know

about 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2014 Chevrolet Spark?

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark is a four-door, four-seat hatchback that's among the smallest cars on the market, along with the Smart ForTwo, Fiat 500 and Scion iQ. It's available in three trim levels: LS, 1LT and 2LT. There's also a Spark EV, which is covered separately on Cars.com.

What's New on the 2014 Chevrolet Spark?

For 2014, the Chevrolet Spark can be had with an optional continuously variable automatic transmission designed for improved gas mileage, faster acceleration and quieter performance. Automatic headlights are now standard on all trims, while the 2LT gets heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

How Does the 2014 Chevrolet Spark Compare to Other Microcars?

Competitors like the Fiat 500 aim to appeal to drivers from a stylistic standpoint -- because microcars aren't what many people consider practical. As far as microcars go, though, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark meets the practical standard.

What Features in the 2014 Chevrolet Spark Are Most Important?

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark is powered by an 84-horsepower, 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that runs on regular gas. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but can be swapped for the CVT on all trims. Front-wheel drive is the only drivetrain.

The overall length of the Chevrolet Spark is 144.7 inches. Standard features include 15-inch alloy wheels, body-colored door handles, seating for four, cloth seats, air conditioning, power windows, and an AM/FM stereo with an MP3 jack and outside temperature display. Cargo space measures 11.4 cubic feet behind the backseat and 31.2 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. Notable available features include fog lights, roof rails, cruise control, power locks, steering-wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, the MyLink multimedia system with MP3 jack and USB port, and Apple Siri voice recognition integration with a compatible iPhone.

Standard safety features include ten airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and six months of OnStar telematics with automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle assistance and roadside assistance. A subscription is required after the first six months.

Should I Buy the 2014 Chevrolet Spark?

For a microcar, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark offers a spacious cabin and good cargo space, but you'll probably have a hard time folding the backseat. Handling is stable and secure, but a little rough on the highway. The available MyLink multimedia system is intuitive and easy to use, but the gauges are hard to read. If you can take the pros with the cons, the Chevrolet Spark is worth a look.

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2014 Chevrolet Spark Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
84 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(3.0)

Barely worth the effort

by mrsnarfy from Fremont,NH on October 16, 2018

I purchased this car from a new/used auto dealership in Maine. I originally saw it listed for about $10k and when the price dropped over time to about $7k I made the deal. At this pricepoint the car ... Read full review

(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

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark currently has 5 recalls


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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program 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