2021 Chevrolet Spark

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2021 Chevrolet Spark Review: Bonny El Cheapo

Large vehicles such as pickup trucks and SUVs have been the most popular throughout the USA for quite a long time now. Even so, there are still quite a lot of subcompact cars like the 2021 Chevrolet Spark that still persist as some Americans are drawn to the driving and parking ease, nimble maneuverability, and frugality they confer. Humming at the prow of the Spark hatch is a small-capacity inline-4 motor that spurs the front wheels with 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque. Though it seems feeble, this is all the subcompact needs for its resolve as a pragmatic and frugal city runabout. There aren't many cars out there that come in at around the 2021 Chevrolet Spark hatchback's price, but the Honda Fit, Kia Rio 5-Door, and Mitsubishi Mirage are all formidable and highly appealing alternatives.

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2021 Chevrolet Spark Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Chevrolet Spark?

The fourth-gen Spark was last refreshed comprehensively in 2019. Nevertheless, for 2021, you're still not really getting the same vehicle as last year's Chevrolet Spark or the year before, as the new model has some small updates. Among these are changes to the color palette, both inside and out. Last year's 15-inch black alloys are gone, too. No other significant changes are evident.

Pros and Cons

  • Cutesy and modern aesthetic
  • Fleet-footed drive dynamics
  • Returns good fuel economy
  • Very affordable pricing
  • Options are affordable, too
  • Underpowered engine
  • Lackluster CVT responses
  • Most trims are barebones
  • Notably poor safety rating
  • Subpar reliability expectations

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2021 Chevrolet Spark Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LS
1.4L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$13,600
1LT
1.4L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$15,500
ACTIV
1.4L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$16,600
2LT
1.4L Inline-4 Gas
5-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$17,000

Spark Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 143.1 in
  • Wheelbase 93.9 in
  • Height 58.4 in
  • Max Width 62.8 in
  • Front Width 54.5 in
  • Rear Width 54.5 in
  • Curb Weight 2,246.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

Spark Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Powering the diminutive Spark hatch is a fitting 1.4-liter inline-4 gas engine that musters up 98 hp and 94 lb-ft of torque. Though fairly underpowered and lacking turbocharging, the engine still provides adequate power for the urban-centric, featherweight runabout. Outputs can be directed by either a 5-speed manual gearbox or optional continuously variable automatic transmission, though a front-wheel drivetrain is standard either way. Neither option is faultless, but the manual is certainly the favored pick as the CVT just feels disoriented and delivers painfully slow responses. It is preferable for those who often drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic, though, and it is the more thrifty option.

  • Engine
    1.4L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    5-Speed Manual, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Spark Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    9.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 29/38 mpg
* 2021 Chevrolet Spark LS Manual

Spark Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.7 in
  • Front Head Room 39.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 33.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.0 in

Spark Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    27.2 ft³

Spark Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2021 Warranty \ 
  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Chevrolet Spark a good hatchback?

There aren't many cars you can buy for less than $15,000, which is one of the main reasons the 2021 Chevrolet Spark is such an appealing choice. Yes, it is a reasonably pleasant car to drive. around especially in urban and suburban settings. as it's very easy to maneuver and very frugal, but it's boring, and comes with very few standard features. In terms of performance, the Spark's engine is really underpowered and the CVT is excruciatingly indecisive and laggy. It's extremely low weight is a double-edged sword, as it benefits the ride quality, but also makes it death in a can if you happen to get into an accident. An only partial crashworthiness and safety review of the 2021 Chevrolet Spark doesn't inspire confidence either, not to mention a disappointingly scant consignment of driver assists. For $13,400 you really can't expect much, and regardless, the 2021 Spark is matched only by the Mitsubishi Mirage in price, which the Spark favorably measures up against. All in all, the Spark is a decent little city runabout ideal for any busy American on a budget.

🚗What Chevrolet Spark Model Should I Buy?

At $17,000, even the top-spec 2LT trim is reasonably affordable. It's the trim we'd go for as it comes standard with at least a moderately admirable selection of specifications, driver assists, and safety features, plus additional options. Some added specs include keyless entry and ignition, an enhanced driver info display, chrome body accents, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and rear parking sensors. We'd opt in the Driver Confidence Package for the lane departure warning and forward collision alert with low-speed autonomous emergency braking.

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