• (4.2) 19 reviews
  • Available Prices: $8,020–$13,924
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 34-35
  • Engine: 98-hp, 1.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD
2016 Chevrolet Spark

Our Take on the Latest Model 2016 Chevrolet Spark

What We Don't Like

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

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 Reviews

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


Average based on 19 reviews

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Spark shows small cars have come a long way

by Sparkster from Lexington, KY on November 18, 2017

This car is really fantastic overall, especially value-for-the-money. The good: Styling, interior layout Front seats are very comfortable (back seats not-so-much due to space) Hatchback versatility H... Read Full Review

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6 Trims Available

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2016 Chevrolet Spark Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Spark LS CVT

Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Spark LS CVT

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $1,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage



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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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