2016 Chevrolet Spark

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$12,660

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2016 Chevrolet Spark
2016 Chevrolet Spark

Key specs

Base trim shown

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Overview

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

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 3.8
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.1

Perfect 1st Car

This car was perfect for my son's first car. Not a lot of trunk space, but that is the least of his worries and the back seats do fold down if he needs the room. The interior is very nice, black leather with heated front seats (this was very important to my son). It has a sun roof and all the necessities. Bluetooth and rear camera, as well as driving assistance and anti-theft. They put a lot into this little car.

3.9

Easy to drive

I never expected the car to have so much get up and go. Unfortunately, the insolation and suspension are not the best. I feel every bump. It’s very loud on the highway. I can barely hear other people talking while driving on the highway.

5.0

Super fun to drive. :)

I am in love with the sound system. My car is green and accelerates with the force of one million billion galaxies. I really do enjoy the rides.

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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet
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
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