I bought a 2014 Spark after my HHR hit high mileage. My first impression was great. Yes, it's tiny, not quit Smart Car tiny, but near it. It was cute, cool color, but the gas mileage was the big selle...
I bought a 2014 Spark after my HHR hit high mileage. My first impression was great. Yes, it's tiny, not quit Smart Car tiny, but near it. It was cute, cool color, but the gas mileage was the big seller, near 30 mpg city. That's pretty awesome considering I spend a good part of my day on the road. So I test drove it.
I first noticed that the interior (at least up front) was roomier than anticipated, not so much in the back. (I have a nine year old that's literally already outgrowing the rear seat and he's of average height/weight for his age range.) It road fairly smooth and the engine was quiet. The salesman refused to let me take it on the highway a short distance and I later found out why.
Having never owned a car with such a small engine, I was unaware that they struggle to get up to speed. Even more so, if the A/C is running. This car struggles so much, Ice turned into that jerk that sits, waiting, for the largest possible opening to pull out onto a busy street because I know, this thing has NO GET UP AND GO...AT ALL. To the point that yes, it has made me fear for my safety on several occassions. No joke. You can not "floor it" in this car when you need to avoid getting hit or in attempt even to catch up with highway traffic. I asked about the issue when at the dealership on several occassions; thinking it can't be THIS bad even with a small engine. Most the service guys just laugh at me.
So here's my pro's... it's definitely got great MPG, has lots of air bags, the bright green makes me more visible even at night, and it's cute.
My con's... Extremely slow acceleration, little to no room for passengers (even children), terrible blind spots, if you hit a big bump while breaking; the break peddle literally bounces back up even with downward pressure (that's not scary at all :-/ ), the A/C has never been truly cold, and I simply do not feel safe in this vehicle.
If I was one of those people that can afford to trade in my car every year or two, I'd trade this thing in a heart beat. But unfortunately I'm not one of those people and I can't afford to take a hit on a higher payment to get something I do feel comfortable and safe driving. So for now I'm stuck with this slow and tiny car.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Even the long distance traveler. I've always appreciated Chevy vehicles but I think Chevy can do better with this style car.