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Used Car: 2013 Chevrolet Spark Review

Review Last Updated: 9/15/14

Reviewers said the 2013 Chevrolet Spark offers a spacious cabin with a fun design, but cautioned that it doesn't feel particularly stable at highway speeds.

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The 2013 Chevrolet Spark is powered by a four-cylinder engine and reviewers said that while it’s not particularly fast, it has plenty of pep for around-town driving. Some said it has sufficient power for highway driving, while others said that it would benefit from additional power. A few added that the engine is noisy at higher speeds. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is available. The 2013 Spark gets an EPA-estimated 32/38 mpg city/highway with a manual transmission and 28/37 mpg with an automatic, which are decent estimates for the class. Several test drivers said the 2013 Spark has responsive steering and that it is a breeze to park on tight city streets. Critics pointed out that the Spark exhibits a decently composed ride in the city, but can feel less stable at higher speeds or on rough pavement.

According to auto writers, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark’s interior is outfitted with low-rent materials, but a fresh design with body-color trim livens up the cabin. There is plenty of headroom both in the front and back seats, test drivers said, and there’s ample legroom for adults in the rear seat, which is high praise for a subcompact car. With the rear seats folded, the 2013 Spark has a total of 31.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is competitive with the space of others in the class. The 2013 Chevrolet Spark comes standard with an auxiliary input, while available features include Chevrolet’s MyLink touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio and heated front seats. Reviewers liked the user-friendly interface and smartphone connectivity of the available infotainment system. However, they were underwhelmed with the sound quality of both the base and MyLink audio systems.

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The 2013 Mazda Mazda2 impressed reviewers with its nimble handling and sharp steering. They said the Mazda2’s front seats are particularly supportive and its audio system has a good sound quality.

According to test drivers, the 2013 Scion xB has plenty of back-seat legroom, and it offers quite a bit more overall cargo space than the Spark. Unlike the Spark, the xB comes standard with Bluetooth and a USB port.

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