The Chevrolet Spark is a small city car produced by General Motors since 1998. The Spark originally carried the "Daewoo Matiz" nomenclature, but in 2005, GM stepped in and changed its name to either Chevrolet Spark or Chevrolet Matiz, depending on the market. In the 2013 model year, the Spark made its debut in the U.S.
Chevy released the third-generation Spark back in 2010 and so far, it has been the most successful generation for the compact hatchback. Before its release, Chevy previewed the third-gen Spark with the Beat concept car at the 2007 New York International Auto Show. The new model showed off a new, more aggressive design language to help attract young buyers around the globe.
To get a better idea on just how successful the third-gen Spark has been, just keep in mind that it was the fastest-selling car in the United States for July 2012, as each model only lasted an average of 6 days on showroom floors before a buyer snagged it up.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Spark.
Chevrolet’s decision to use the Beat concept as the source inspiration for the third-generation Spark is a huge part of the reason it has been so successful. The Spark tends to play tricks on you from the outside, as it looks like a three-door hatchback, once you get a closer look, you’ll find that the C-Pillar hides the rear-door handles. This creative design gives the Spark the look of a sporty three-door hatchback with the practicality of a five-door model.
Updates for the 2014 model year include the addition of some new, automatic controls for the halogen headlamps and daytime running lamps are standard. The 2LT trim gains outside heated, power-adjustable, body-color side-view mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators.
Customers can opt for new features, like the sport front fascia, rear fascia and rocker panel moldings, and chrome bright-work on the beltline and liftgate handle trim.
For the exterior, customers can choose between the following colors: Lime and Grape Ice; Salsa and Denim; Black Granite; Silver Ice; and Summit White.
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||93.5 / 2,375|
|Overall length (in / mm):||144.7 / 3,675|
|Overall width (in / mm):||62.9 / 1,598|
|Overall height (in / mm):||61/ 1,549|
|Track Front (in / mm):||55.7 / 1,415|
|Rear (in / mm):||55.5 / 1,410|
- Door handles, body-color
- Glass, solar absorbing
- Grille, unique solid upper and lower with active aero shutters
- Headlamps, halogen with automatic exterior lamp control and -*Daytime Running Lamps
- Liftgate trim, chrome
- Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
- Moldings, chrome belt-line
- Rocker molding, body-color, lower
- Spoiler, rear with integrated LED center high-mounted stop/brake lamp (CHMSL)
The interior offers an instrument panel with a motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster and lower center console that ensures maximum visibility and storage.
The 2014 model year brings new front door and instrument panel decorative inserts, plus ice blue ambient lighting. The Spark 2LT heads slightly upmarket with heated leatherette seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Customers can choose between four interior trim colors: White, Silver, Blue and Green.
|Seating capacity:||2 / 2|
|Front (in /mm):||39.4 / 1410|
|Rear (in / mm):||37.3 / 947|
|Front (in / mm):||42 / 1067|
|Rear (in / mm):||35.2 / 894|
|Front (in / mm):||50.7 / 1288|
|Rear (in / mm):||49.7 / 1262|
|Front (in / mm):||48 / 1219|
|Rear (in / mm):||47.5 / 1206|
|Behind rear seat (cu ft / L):||11.4 / 323|
|Behind front seat, rear seat (cu ft / L):||31.2 / 884|
- Air conditioning, single-zone automatic climate control
- Chevrolet MyLink radio
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio
- Cruise control
- Cup holders, 2 front and 2 rear
- Seat, rear, 60/40-split, folding with adjustable outboard headrests
- Shift lever, floor-mounted without console
- Steering wheel, 3-spoke, Silver accents
For the U.S. market, the 2014 Spark comes standard with an Ecotec 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 84 horsepower and 83 pound-feet of torque. This petite engine mates to a standard five-speed manual transmission and has an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine delivers an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined with the manual transmission. The CVT drops the city mileage to 30 mpg city, but the highway and combined mileages remain the same.
Last year’s five-speed manual transmission netted a respectable 10.5-second jog to 60 mph and we expect the same in 2014.
|Engine||Ecotec 1.2L I4 DOHC VVT|
|Type:||transverse-mounted, four-cylinder dual overhead cam gasoline engine with variable valve timing|
|Displacement (in. / cc):||76 / 1249|
|Bore & stroke (in. / mm):||2.77 x 3.15 / 70.50 x 80|
|Valvetrain:||overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder|
|Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):||84 / 63 @ 6400 (SAE certified)|
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):||83 / 113 @ 4200 (SAE certified)|
|Recommended fuel:||regular unleaded|
|Max. engine speed (rpm):||6500 (man); 6850 (CVT)|
|EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy / combined):||30 / 39 / 34 (CVT) |
31 / 39 / 34 (man.)
Suspension and Brakes
As standard, the 2014 Spark comes with electric power steering and a MacPherson strut front suspension, combined with anti-lock brakes, StabiliTrak electronic stability control and Hill Start Assist.
This compact hatch sits on 15-inch alloy wheels and stops via vented front disc and rear drum brakes.
|Z-Spec® grille (Dealer-installed)||$365|
|Front fog lamp kit (Dealer-installed)||$340|
|All-weather floor mats (Dealer-installed)||$140|
|Z-Spec® floor mats (Dealer-installed)||$140|
|All-weather cargo mat (Dealer-installed)||$75|
|White Interior Trim Kit (Dealer-installed)||$140|
|Silver Interior Trim Kit (Dealer-installed)||$140|
|Blue Interior Trim Kit (Dealer-installed)||$140|
|Sport pedal kit (Dealer-installed)||$130|
|Floor Mats - Front and Rear Carpet||$130|
Fiat returned to the U.S. market for the 2012 model year when it released the 500. In just a short time, the 500 the hearts of many customers. Unlike the Spark, the 500 only has three doors and provides less interior room.
The 500 is receives its power from a 1.4-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine with state-of-the-art MultiAir technology that delivers 101 horsepower. That’s a little more power than the Spark, but its fuel consumption of 31 mpg on the city ad 40 mpg on the highway trumps the Spark.
The 500 is a little bit more expensive than the Spark at $16,000.
Gallery Fiat 500
Scion iQ is also a relatively new model on the U.S. market. It was announced at the 2010 New York Auto Show and is offered as the American version for the Toyota iQ.
The model is powered by a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 90 horsepower that delivers 36 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway.
The iQ is also a little bit more expensive: it is priced from $16,250.
Gallery Scion iQ
The new Chevrolet Spark may be a little bit less powerful than its competitors, but it offers a five-door configuration that ensures increased rear room and more cargo space. This, and his bold look made it a pretty successful model with more than 270,000 units sold in 2012.
- Cheaper than competition
- Five-door configuration
- Great look
- Competition is more powerful
- Not enough optional features
Gallery Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet’s first mini-car for the U.S. and Canadian markets, is a stylish and practical choice for urbanites who want a car that’s easy to drive and own. The roomiest yet lowest-priced mini-car in the segment, Spark has brought new buyers into the Chevrolet family; in fact, more than half of Spark buyers are new to GM.
Packed with infotainment and safety technologies including 10 standard air bags, Spark is resonating with buyers in large, high-traffic cities such as San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, where parking and road space are at a premium. Worldwide, Chevrolet sold more than 270,000 Sparks in 2012.
For 2014, Chevrolet adds an all-electric version of the Spark (please see separate release), as well as an available continuously variable transmission in the gasoline Spark that improves fuel economy and acceleration, and reduces engine noise at highway speeds. The 2014 CVT-equipped Spark achieves an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg highway, two more miles per gallon than the 2013 model, and more than the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ. With the standard manual transmission, Spark gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. EPA combined fuel economy for both the CVT- and manual transmission-equipped Sparks is 34 mpg.
Spark LT models also enjoy the first full model year of enhanced connectivity including access to Siri Eyes Free voice recognition (for customers with compatible iPhones), BringGo in-dash navigation (app must be purchased separately) and TuneIn global radio. This is made possible by Spark’s segment-exclusive MyLink radio, which includes a seven-inch color touch screen radio nearly twice the size of segment competitors. It is capable of displaying smartphone-based music, videos, photos and contacts for hands-free calling.
In addition to MyLink, Spark is the only car in its segment to provide the added value of a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and the safety and security of OnStar.
In the U.S. and Canada, Spark is offered in LS, 1LT, 2LT and EV models.
High style, low cost
Just as the Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Sonic helped strengthen Chevrolet’s position in the small-car segment with their more-than-expected value, Spark is designed to challenge preconceived notions of how an affordable mini-car can look, feel and drive.
Spark is the only car in its segment to offer five doors, accommodating four adults comfortably with room for cargo. With the seats folded down, the Spark offers 31.2 cu. ft. (884 L) of cargo space.
Air conditioning and power windows are standard across the Spark lineup. Color-coordinated interiors feature an instrument panel with a motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster and lower center console, for maximum visibility and storage.
While the Spark looks like a three-door hatch, designers cleverly disguised the rear doors by integrating the handles into the C-pillar area. The technique gives Spark its sporty appearance without sacrificing five-door comfort and utility. Spark’s wheels-at-the-corners stance is further emphasized by standard 15-inch alloy wheels. An integrated spoiler over the rear hatch door enhances Spark’s dynamic appearance while also improving the car’s aerodynamics, for fuel efficiency.
New for 2014, automatic controls for the Spark’s halogen headlamps and daytime running lamps are standard, and the 2LT will feature outside heated power-adjustable body-color rearview mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators.
Other uplevel features include sport front and rear fascias and rocker panel moldings, chrome brightwork at the beltline and liftgate handle trim, detail around the poke-through exhaust outlet and around the fog lamps.
Decorative inserts in the front door and instrument panel add a premium touch, as does the ice blue ambient lighting and faceplates across the door pockets and dash. Heated leatherette seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel are included on Spark 2LT.
Attention-grabbing exterior colors include Lime and Grape Ice, Salsa and Denim, as well as Black Granite, Silver Ice and Summit White.
In keeping with Spark buyers’ affinity for personalizing their vehicles, new accessories include interior trim kits (White, Silver, Blue and Green), Z-Spec floor mats and grille, front fog lamp kit and roof rack cross rails. They can be financed with the vehicle when installed by the dealer or authorized service provider.
Chevrolet MyLink connectivity gets personal
MyLink is standard on Spark 1LT, 2LT and EV models, and was designed to provide Spark customers – 90 percent of whom own smart phones – with the ability to personalize their infotainment delivery. MyLink for Spark consists of a seven-inch diagonal touch screen, AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with three months of service) stereo with seek-and-scan, digital clock, Bluetooth streaming audio for music on select phones, voice recognition for compatible smartphones and six speakers.
On Spark, MyLink operates by integrating the owner’s compatible smartphone and stored media – via Bluetooth, plug-in outlet or USB – with the radio. This lets owners enjoy simple, safe connectivity while their smartphone is stowed, and makes it easy to accommodate new apps.
MyLink is simple to use: The owner selects from menu options on the touch screen: Audio, Pictures & Movies, Telephone, Smartphone Link and Settings. Each menu selection takes the user though a list of easy-to-select functions.
Late in the 2013 model year, MyLink added compatibility with Siri for customers with a compatible iPhone running iOS6, as well as apps for BringGo in-dash navigation (requires app purchase) and TuneIn, which provides access to 70,000 global radio stations, Pandora and Stitcher Smart Radio.
In MyLink-equipped Sparks, owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to:
Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone
Play songs in the iTunes library, and even switch music sources automatically from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode
Listen to, and compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts
Access Calendar and add appointments
Minimize distraction even more by keeping the screen of the iPhone from lighting up, even when Siri answers simple questions such as game scores or the dates of national holidays
While in Eyes Free mode, Siri will not provide answers to complex questions that require displaying a web page.
The available BringGo app provides full-function, in-dash navigation via MyLink, as well as live traffic updates for less than $60. It also includes:
Emergency information such as police, fire and the nearest hospital
Thousands of points of interest
Local Search via Google
Where am I ? locator
Live traffic functionality provides crash reports and lane closures, and with alternative routes
Ability to store native maps to the customer’s smartphone, giving them access to locations and turn-by-turn directions even when phone signal quality is poor. Many GPS-enabled apps do not do this
Available for download on iTunes or Googleplay for compatible smartphones.
The TuneIn app connects Spark customers to live local, international and Internet radio. Users can search for programming by location, genre, sports team name, station type or call sign.
Efficient powertrain saves fuel, money
In the United States and Canada, the Spark is powered by an Ecotec 1.2L dual-overhead cam four-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing that delivers SAE-certified 84 horsepower (63 kW). It is mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission
For 2014, an available continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaces the previous four-speed automatic. It achieves an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined, a two mile-per-gallon improvement over the 2013 model and more than the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ.
The engine was developed using best practices from GM Powertrain technical centers. It combines competitive performance with sophisticated technologies such as dual continuous variable cam phasing and an electronically controlled thermostat to give customers a low-maintenance engine with reduced emissions. Spark also uses regular unleaded fuel, while the Fiat 500 requires premium fuel.
Spark’s new dual range CVT provides seamless gear transmission designed to improve fuel efficiency and acceleration, for a more pleasurable driving experience.
The CVT controls are the same as an automatic: But while an automatic transmission has a set number of gear ratios (a.k.a. speeds), the CVT can constantly change the relationship of engine speed to car speed as needed, calling up higher engine speeds (rpm) for better acceleration and lower rpm for better fuel economy while cruising.
Spark ride and handling
Spark’s body-frame-integral structure is tight and stiff for sportier driving dynamics. The electric power steering and MacPherson strut front suspension are designed to deliver taut handling characteristics that better connect the driver with the road and provide outstanding overall stability. Anti-lock brakes, StabiliTrak electronic stability control and Hill Start Assist are standard.
Hill Start Assist helps prevent drivers from rolling when restarting from a stopped position on a hill. It allows drivers to take their foot off the brake long enough to use the accelerator and move forward.
Spark is equipped with vented front disc and rear drum brakes for excellent stopping performance and good pedal feel. Low rolling-resistance all-season tires use a silica compound and revised tread design for a solid road feel and improved fuel efficiency.
Spark safety, security and crash-avoidance features
Spark offers crash-avoidance technologies such as StabiliTrak and ABS, and helps protect occupants in the event of a crash with 10 standard air bags, including both driver and passenger front knee air bags to reduce the risk of lower extremity injuries in frontal crashes. Dual-stage frontal air bags, seat-mounted side air bags and side curtain air bags that extend over the front and rear seating rows are also standard.
Other safety technologies include:
Rollover sensing system
Three-point safety belts in all four seating positions
Seat belt pretensioners in the front driver and passenger seats
LATCH child seat attachment system
Adjustable head restraints
Collapsible steering column
Remote keyless entry on LT
OnStar safety and security system.
Six months of OnStar Directions and Connections service is standard on Spark. OnStar is the global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology.
OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control vehicle functions, access vehicle information and send directions directly to the vehicle. Subscribers who opt into the FamilyLink service can stay connected to loved ones by checking the location of their vehicle online or by signing up for vehicle location alerts.