2013 Chevrolet Spark 2LT review | Auto Reviews | The Carspondent

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2013 Spark

I wish the Chevrolet had been around when I in Chicago. Anyone who has resided in the City knows about the parking wars. Once the falls, the availability of street drops to about half. shovel a spot out and mark it furniture.

Moving anyone furniture is akin to purchasing a on one#8217;s own head.

The fact the Chevrolet Spark only half a parking spot is a big deal in densely populated even more so in the snow The compact hatchback#8217;s 34 mile-per-gallon fuel economy is equally

Standard convenience features to tech-savvy buyers. The 2LT grade comes with remote entry, air conditioning, XM radio, control, hands-free smart integration, heated seats and a steering column.

The Spark feels more than the Smart-for-two micro-car it against, and costs about the The five-speed manual transmission the driver to keep the 1.2-liter within its power band, is especially important merging high-speed traffic.

Base for the test car is $15,085 excluding the destination charge. Final is $15,895

Test drive in

2013 Chevrolet Spark

is not a friendly environment for micro-cars. of the locals drive full-sized and sport-utility vehicles. Surface and highways are flat and have lanes.

It#8217;s not unusual for street traffic in my neighborhood to 50 miles-per-hour.

Then there#8217;s the Unfortunately, robust air conditioning require robust air compressors, run best off of large engines. The air conditioning system I ever saw was the pulley Harrison unit on a Buick Invicta.

The car didn#8217;t get much in the way of gas mileage, but in the of the summer, the vents blew ice

So test-driving the demure Spark at the end of put the car at a distinct disadvantage. While I the engine in order to keep up 85 mph highway traffic, the air conditioner overtime in order to maintain cool temperatures inside the

2013 Chevrolet Spark

said that, I still that the Chevrolet Spark is a lot of car for the Standard safety features ten airbags, OnStar automatic notification and stability control the Spark a good choice for drivers purchasing their new vehicle. And for urbanites who need the footprint, the Spark#8217;s four-passenger gives it a distinct advantage both the Smart and Scion iQ.

are a couple of sticky wickets like to see fixed. The key on the test car slide smoothly into the slot. I also think the lever should be shorter.

The current unit looks and as if it belongs in a pickup truck.

are some rather large spots in the back corners due to the thick rear pillars. An rearview camera would be a option, especially since I found myself parked much larger, high vehicles.

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Aside from that, the is a nice package. The 84-horsepower can motor along just at speeds exceeding 80 miles-per-hour. is enough range within the to prevent the driver from to shift constantly.

Shifting is and precise.

Engineers pushed the wheels as far into the corners as which makes the Spark stable moving through entrance and exit ramps.

The electric power steering provides plenty of assist for maneuverability while maintaining a heavy feeling on the highway. The front suspension and solid axle works fine for a car of size. The Spark doesn#8217;t the silky smooth ride of a but I think that#8217;s as much a of wheel size as its shocks and

Room for four

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The Spark is surprisingly inside for a car with a 93.5-inch As a five-foot-six …, I fit just in the second-row seats. The front have enough room for adults, although a taller said he ran short of legroom.

wisely kept most of the space around the perimeter in to maximize hip room for both of passengers. The center console cupholders but no storage bin. In the row a storage area between the includes an open bin and cupholder.

Chevrolet Spark

The glovebox is on the small side, but and both front doors map pockets and bottle holders.

I both the gauges and center screen easy to read in sunlight. All of the controls are logically and easy to access from front seating position. My complaint is the sticking ignition mentioned at the beginning of this

MyLink on the test car gives the hands-free phone operation as as access to some apps, as BringGo navigation and TuneIn radio. I#8217;m not sure how the navigation is since most have that on their but the internet radio is a nice to subscription satellite service.

the rear seats in place, the area is small but functional. A net on the test car keeps grocery from sliding around.

Standard safety

The Chevrolet comes with front, side curtain, driver#8217;s and passenger knee airbags, brakes, stability control, a feature that prevents the car sliding backwards on steep tire pressure monitoring and six of complimentary OnStar emergency services.

Chevrolet builds the in Changwon, KY Korea.

Like: An versatile subcompact hatchback a high level of standard and convenience features. Its safety and features make the Spark a candidate as a driver#8217;s first

Dislike: Long shift seems awkward in a small Large blind spots in of the car limit visibility.


Model: Spark 2LT Manual

price: $15,085

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