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The 2017 Chevrolet Spark Tries Hard But Won't Be Lighting Any Sparks

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We know what you’re thinking, and it probably goes something like this: "CarBuzz, you’ve reviewed plenty of awesome cars before, like the Bugatti Chiron, Ferrari 488 and Lamborghini Aventador. So why in the hell are you showing us today a Chevrolet Spark?! What gives?" Here’s what gives: basic can be beautiful. Or it can be outright terrible, depending on your personal taste in vehicles. But the particular 2017 Chevrolet Spark we checked out was practically the most bare-bones version you can get.

Its only extra feature? A CVT in place of the standard five-speed manual. Honestly, save a grand and stick with the five-speed because, heck, everything else in this thing was analog. No power locks or windows. Keyless entry? Forget it.

Ironically enough, the 2017 Spark does come standard with a 7-inch color touchscreen featuring the Chevrolet MyLink Audio System and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Clearly integrating one’s smartphone with the car for voice commands is more important than pressing a button to open or close a window (instead of using the hand crank). The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is the most basic of the basic of basic transportation, and it makes no apologies for that. Special thanks to Woodland Motors for letting us film the car.

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