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The subcompact, or supermini, class of cars has made a splash with its likable design, fuel efficiency, and parking flexibility. Cars like the 2021 Chevy Spark are popular among drivers who want flexibility. Particularly for urban drivers, nothing else short of a motorcycle has the same kind of parking options as these sporty, stylish vehicles.
Additionally, for certain street environments, the tight turning ratios of the subcompact can be hard to beat and can be a blast to drive. Of course, for many drivers, they can’t resist the style and spunky attitude these little cars bring, and their higher than average miles per gallon doesn’t hurt either. However, in recent years, the sub-compact car has begun to fall out of favor with manufacturers.
More and more manufacturers have been opting to focus on their slightly larger subcompact SUVs. Chevy, on the other hand, has not given up hope for this little car, as evidenced by their rollout of the new 2021 Chevy Spark. Packed with exciting features, fun technology, and color options to suit any style, the 2021 Spark shows that Chevrolet is still carrying the torch for the subcompact to remain competitive. We are excited to share what the new model has to offer in the upcoming year.
As one might expect, you aren’t going to get a muscle engine out of the sporty and small Chevy Spark. This car is built for efficiency and not power.
The Spark has a standard 1.4 liter 4-cylinder engine, which powers the front-wheel drive through the 5-speed manual transmission. On all the trim levels, you can also opt to add the continuously variable transmission (CVT) for an automatic option. With such a small engine, the horsepower for the Spark maxes out around 98 miles per hour at 6,200 rpm with 94 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Suffice to say, the Spark won’t be helping you win any street races.
What the Chevy Spark lacks in muscle it makes up for in mileage. The fuel economy for city/highway with the automatic transmission is 30/38 miles per gallon, and only slightly less with the manual transmission at 29/38 miles per gallon. With the savings at the pump, the already low price tag on the Spark shapes up to be a purchase that will keep saving you money even after you drive it off our lot.
Chevy has managed to pack the 2021 Spark full to the seams with fantastic technology and high tech features that surround you in digital connectivity and convenience. From infotainment, device connectivity, and even safety tech, the Spark doesn’t skimp.
Standard among all the trims, you have rear vision cameras. A key feature of a subcompact is the versatility to park basically anywhere, and the rearview cameras allow you to really flex your Spark’s small frame and reverse safely into spaces no one else can fit. This feature displays on the standard 7” touch screen which dominates the central console. Fully equipped with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, this acts as the hub to your music, navigation, calls, and much more.
Another standard feature across the trim levels is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You will be able to connect your devices easily to your Spark and manage your apps safely and easily from the touchscreen. These modern tech features will be sure to keep you safe in a jam with OnStar assistance, and the 4G LTE and WiFi will let your passengers surf the web, or find that hole in the wall restaurant you’re looking forward to trying, in no time. If you want to plug-in instead, you have two USB ports available as well. These high tech features can turn your urban commute into a science fiction joy ride in your own personal spaceship.
Despite its diminutive appearance, the Spark is well-rated for its safety. Chevy provides you with some excellent, advanced safety features such as the standard array of 10 airbags strategically placed around the car to keep everyone safe in the event of an accident. If you opt for the Driver Confidence Package, which is an option on the 2LT trim, you get access to driver aids such as forward collision alerts that activate automatic emergency braking if the computer detects an imminent impact. Additionally, it comes with a lane-departure warning to give you a heads up if you are drifting out of lane unexpectedly. To top off the Driver Confidence Package is the rear parking sensors (standard in the 2LT). These help in combination with the rearview camera to make even the tightest of parking spots possible.
There is no getting around it; the Spark looks great. Its compact design is sporty and fresh with a higher cabin. The exterior is undeniably sleek with its wedge-shaped profile and enough contour lines to turn heads. It also happens to come in a wide variety of eye-catching colors. Among our favorites are the stand out Mystic Blue, Passion Fruit, and Cayenne Orange. No one will ever be able to mistake your car ever again. The Spark Special Edition comes with even more options such as a two-tone painted roof, accent-color mirror caps, grille surround, and daytime running light bezels.
The customization and style doesn’t stop with the exterior. Chevrolet has provided four excellent trim levels to suit whatever your budget is for your subcompact purchase. Whether you are on a shoestring budget or are able to squeeze a little bit extra on your Spark, there is a lot to unpack.
The LS is the baseline model. This trim starts at MSRP of $13,400 and has a lot of options to add to it.
The 1LT trim is a little bit higher priced but comes with many power features that some drivers will consider standard. Unless you are really trying to save every penny, we recommend this trim as a good baseline model.
The Spark is designed first and foremost for city drivers. The Activ has a few key features that let the city driver venture out of the concrete jungle. This isn’t an offroad subcompact, but some of the added features provide what you need if you want to wander towards the wilderness.
This is the top trim available on the Chevy Spark and adds some pretty cool features, including: