2014 Chevrolet Spark
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.
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2014 Chevrolet Spark
Horsepower @ RPM:84 @ 6400
Torque @ RPM:83 @ 4200
0-60 time:10.5 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:102 mph
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.
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.
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.