2016 Chevrolet Spark

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Chevrolet Spark. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    34-35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    98-hp, 1.4-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

  • Grown-up styling
  • Next-generation multimedia system
  • Excellent headroom
  • Available blind spot, forward collision and lane departure warning
  • Less expensive and bigger than competitors

The Bad

  • No overabundance of power
  • Fake leather looks fake
  • Tight rear seat

Notable Features of the 2016 Chevrolet Spark

  • All-new five-seat hatchback city car
  • Front-wheel drive
  • More mature, grown-up styling than previous model
  • Body-color interior trim (on certain colors)
  • Bigger than previous model

2016 Chevrolet Spark Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Chevrolet bills the new Spark as a more grown-up version of the runabout, one built more for established urban markets instead of developing markets.
ExteriorThe new Spark gets a more mature design; gone are the tall pointy headlights that made it look like it had oversized features. It now looks much more like the rest of the Chevrolet family and less like a bug-eyed character from an anime cartoon. The new Spark sits on a slightly longer wheelbase for better interior space, but it's also 1.6 inches lower overall. Chevy maintains that the lower roof does not impact interior headroom, but it does help with aerodynamic efficiency versus the current model.
InteriorThe inside has matured as well, but Chevrolet is keeping the signature body-colored accents on certain models' interiors. Trapezoidal air vents have replaced round ones, and the center console is more prominent. GM upgraded the interior materials with denser seat cushion foam for a more upscale experience and atmosphere. A new "dot-matrix LCD" gauge cluster is available, as is a new 7-inch touch-screen in the center console for Chevrolet's MyLink multimedia system.
Under the HoodPowering the Spark is an updated 98-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It drives the front wheels via a standard five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable automatic transmission. The new engine is 16 percent more powerful than that of the outgoing model, which sounds better than saying "it makes ...

Vehicle Overview

Chevrolet bills the new Spark as a more grown-up version of the runabout, one built more for established urban markets instead of developing markets.
ExteriorThe new Spark gets a more mature design; gone are the tall pointy headlights that made it look like it had oversized features. It now looks much more like the rest of the Chevrolet family and less like a bug-eyed character from an anime cartoon. The new Spark sits on a slightly longer wheelbase for better interior space, but it's also 1.6 inches lower overall. Chevy maintains that the lower roof does not impact interior headroom, but it does help with aerodynamic efficiency versus the current model.
InteriorThe inside has matured as well, but Chevrolet is keeping the signature body-colored accents on certain models' interiors. Trapezoidal air vents have replaced round ones, and the center console is more prominent. GM upgraded the interior materials with denser seat cushion foam for a more upscale experience and atmosphere. A new "dot-matrix LCD" gauge cluster is available, as is a new 7-inch touch-screen in the center console for Chevrolet's MyLink multimedia system.
Under the HoodPowering the Spark is an updated 98-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It drives the front wheels via a standard five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable automatic transmission. The new engine is 16 percent more powerful than that of the outgoing model, which sounds better than saying "it makes 14 more horsepower." Chevrolet did not provide any fuel economy estimates, however.
SafetyRear park assist sensors and a backup camera will be standard on all Spark trim levels, the company said, along with 10 airbags. With the new update come electronic safety features such as blind spot warning, forward collision alert and lane departure warning, which are not normally seen in this price and size category.


2016 Spark Video

From the 2015 New York International Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2016 Chevrolet Spark.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love this car!!!

by Jessie123 from Wendell nc on July 5, 2018

This car is perfect,. Compact without feeling small, I have had compact cars and my spark is like a mini SUV , love it love it over it Read full review

(2.0)

Problem after Problem

by bkiddo from Palm Harbor, FL on June 23, 2018

Mine was constantly in the shop for one thing or another and they never could fix it. Poor accelerator / transmission response left me frequently screaming at the vehicle in a panic because it would ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Chevrolet Spark LS Manual

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
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

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.

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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