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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