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2016 Chevrolet Spark EV

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$4,004 — $22,956 USED
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Hatchback
4 Seats
119 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.0) 3 reviews

The Good

  • Spacious cabin
  • Stable, secure handling
  • Intuitive multimedia system available
  • Relatively large cargo area

The Bad

  • Rough highway ride
  • Cumbersome backseat folding
2016 Chevrolet Spark EV exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot capability standard
  • Minicar slots below Sonic
  • 10 airbags standard
  • Electrically powered version available

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Vehicle Overview

The Spark EV is an all-electric version of Chevrolet's minicar and the brand's first purely battery-powered car. (Chevrolet's Volt uses a gasoline engine that sustains charge once its electric range is depleted.) The car's approximate range is 82 miles, and like other electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric, the Spark EV won't move once the battery is drained. It is sold only in Oregon, California and Maryland.
What's Special

  • OnStar communication system features 4G LTE internet connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 3.87:1 final drive ratio for quicker acceleration
  • Powered by an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack
  • Charging time of about seven hours with 240-volt service, 20 hours with a 120-volt outlet
  • Available DC quick charging is designed to replenish 80 percent of the battery in about 20 minutes
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Range-extending elements include low-rolling-resistance tires, active shutters and a rear spoiler

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(3.3)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Great EV for the money....

by JD from Sonora Ca on September 18, 2017

It is hard to understand why more people don't choose to go all electric for at least one vehicle. I have solar panels and with a nice little EV like the Spark, you can save several hundreds of ... Read full review

(2.0)

Cheapest to drive vehicle I have ever owned

by Followet from Niland CA on July 7, 2017

This is a great town car but for most of my uses it has proven to be a nail biter. I drive this to the big city 42 miles away mostly highway driving and by the time I am a few miles from home I have ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Free Scheduled Maintenance

    24 months / 24,000 miles

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

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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 EV 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.

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