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in Affordable Small Cars

MSRP: $12,170 - $16,385
Invoice: $11,805 - $15,730
MPG: 31 City / 39 Hwy
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Chevrolet Spark Interior

Reviewers say that although the Chevy Spark’s cabin features a lot of utilitarian plastics, bold color accents and motorcycle-like gauges liven it up and offer a touch of class. One reviewer notes that the seats should be easy to clean thanks to their canvas-like texture. Test drivers say that the front seats are comfy and the rear seats are roomier than in the competition, with enough head- and legroom for two adults. Cargo space is good compared to most rivals’. Reviewers especially like Chevy’s hi-tech MyLink infotainment system, saying that it’s user-friendly and easy to link with a compatible smartphone.

  • "While the 2014 Chevrolet Spark lacks the polish and premium feel of some of its competitors, it offers one feature the others can't touch: a 4-door configuration with surprisingly spacious rear legroom." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2014 Chevrolet Spark features a simple, modern interior enlivened by color-accented dash and door panels. Hard plastic surfaces are expected in an affordable hatchback, but the Spark has some well-textured trim pieces that impart a subtly classier ambience. Sporty, motorcycle-like gauges add further visual interest, featuring both a traditional speedometer and a digital multifunction display." -- Edmunds
  • "In addition to a surprising amount of space, the Spark's interior is as modern as the outside thanks to the body-colored trim pieces and motorcycle-inspired instrument panel." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • “Seating upholstery fabrics include color and patterns and are made of a durable, canvaslike textile that should be easy to wipe clean for those moments when your spirited drive style takes your latte or energy drink by surprise." -- AutoWeek (2013)

Seating

The Chevy Spark seats four and comes with a tilt steering wheel. Faux-leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are optional. Though the Spark may be small, most reviewers are pleasantly surprised by the amount of space in the cabin, saying that there’s enough room for four adults. Test drivers note that getting in and out of the four-door Spark is easier than in rival subcompacts, many of which only have two doors. The front seats are comfortable and offer a good amount of headroom. Reviewers say the rear seats are roomier than those in rival hatchbacks.

  • "The seating is better than you'd expect in such a small car. The upright position of the Spark's front seats fosters the impression that you're sitting on the chairs rather than in them, and there's nothing in the way of lateral support. Still, most adults will find the seats comfortable enough, even on longer drives. While larger than many in the subcompact segment, the rear seats are still better suited to smaller passengers. The low seat cushions and headrests will likely draw complaints from average-sized adults." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite the obvious fact that the Chevy Spark is small, we liked the comfortable interior layout. U.S.-market cars get a one-inch-higher seating position, but the tall-box styling leaves plenty of headroom. We never felt as though we were sitting on the ground or that we were cramped.” -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "It is, however, fairly roomy inside, thanks to its upright profile. Our six-foot-seven driver fit comfortably up front, with enough space left over for a real human in the seat behind him." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "While cars like the Fiat might ultimately squeeze into a smaller parking spot, the Spark easily wins when it comes to rear seat comfort. The Spark's rear seat is usable by two full-sized adults and the Chevy's extra pair of doors makes accessing them much easier, especially compared to two-door rivals like the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper." -- Road and Track (2013)

Interior Features

The base 2014 Spark has a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input and Chevrolet’s OnStar telematics system, which can provide things like emergency assistance and turn-by-turn directions. Higher trims offer six speakers and Chevy's MyLink infotainment system, which features Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port, satellite radio, voice commands for your phone and a 7-inch touch screen that integrates with smartphone apps like Pandora Internet radio. Additional options include cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and keyless entry. 

Reviewers say that the Spark is well-equipped for an affordable subcompact. Most like the optional MyLink infotainment system, saying that it has crisp graphics, straightforward on-screen menus and seamlessly integrates with compatible smartphones.

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  • "The base-level LS ($13,000) boasts a surprising amount of standard equipment given its size and pricing.” -- AutoTrader
  • "The available MyLink touchscreen infotainment system adds to the Spark's modern vibe with sharp graphics and intuitive menus." -- Edmunds
  • "We like the Chevy MyLink with its 7-inch touch screen, Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and telephone with voice recognition. But what we like even more is that the system doesn't have a CD player but instead seamlessly connects to the owner's smartphone for personalized integration." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Cargo

The Chevrolet Spark has 11.4 cubic feet of cargo space and 31.2 cubic feet if you fold down the rear seats. That’s pretty good for a small hatchback, though the Nissan Versa Note hatchback has 38.3 cubic feet of total cargo space. Reviewers say the Spark’s cargo hold is sufficient for short trips and an optional roof rack provides additional space for larger items. One reviewer says folding the rear seats can be a chore since you have to adjust the cushions and remove the headrests.

  • "Folding down the rear seats isn't a simple affair, as the seat cushions must be flipped forward and the headrests removed before plopping down the seatbacks. Once that's done, however, you get a fairly flat cargo floor and a more accommodating 31.2 cubes of capacity. For larger items, the 2LT trim provides a functional roof rack." -- Edmunds
  • “With the Spark's split-folding rear seat in place, there's a useful 11.4 cu. ft. of cargo room. That's enough room for running errands or packing for a weekend getaway, though you might have to leave the kayak and jet ski at home." -- Road and Track (2013)
  • "There's not much cargo room with the rear seats up (11.4 cubic feet), but with the seats folded, the Spark offers 31.2 cubic feet of volume - much more than its rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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