2017 Chevrolet Spark Review
It's easy to understand the appeal of a subcompact car, especially if you are one of the tens of millions of Americans living in or near a crowded city center. These cars are easy to park, inexpensive to own and will easily get you from point A to point B. A great example of the breed is the 2017 Chevrolet Spark.
Coming off a full redesign last year, the 2017 Spark primarily stands out for its technology-forward cabin at an affordable price. Each Spark comes standard with a rearview camera, a 4G LTE hotspot (via General Motors' OnStar service) and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. On the Spark 2LT, you can also order an optional package to get lane departure warning and forward collision alert, two safety features not commonly found in this class of car.
The subcompact car class is well stocked by a number of appealing competitors, though. The Spark comes up a bit short in rear legroom and cargo capacity, so if space is a priority, you'd probably enjoy the roomy and versatile Honda Fit more. We're also fond of the sporty Ford Fiesta and well-rounded Hyundai Accent. Overall, though, we find the Chevrolet Spark to be a compelling model to look at, especially if you're searching for something that won't strain your bank account.
Following a complete redesign in 2016, there are no significant changes for the 2017 Chevrolet Spark. The Spark EV has been discontinued.
The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is a four-door, four-passenger, subcompact hatchback offered in three trims: LS, 1LT and 2LT.
In addition to the safety features listed in the Safety section below, standard features on the LS trim include 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlamps, a rear spoiler, a rearview camera, air-conditioning, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer, outside temperature display, carpeted floor mats, Chevy's OnStar telematics system with 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, and the MyLink infotainment system.
MyLink includes a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a USB port, smartphone app integration, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and a four-speaker audio system with an auxiliary jack.
Opting for the 1LT trim adds 15-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated, power-adjustable mirrors, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, steering-wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, a theft-deterrent system, satellite radio and a six-speaker audio system.
Moving up to the top-of-the-line 2LT adds leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, rear parking sensors and chrome exterior trim.
A sunroof is available on all LT models, and the Driver Confidence package (forward collision alert and lane departure warning) can be ordered on the 2LT with the continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Up front, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark surrounds you with a simple, clean and modern interior, but it's difficult to ignore the vast expanse of painted plastic bits, admittedly a common sight on cars in this price range. The color-accented dash and door panels, well-textured trim pieces and swoopy sculpting help you overlook some of the hard plastic surfaces. Sporty gauges featuring both a traditional speedometer and a digital multifunction display add visual appeal.
The MyLink touchscreen infotainment system adds to the Spark's modern vibe. It has intuitive menus, sharp graphics and a 7-inch touchscreen that supports smartphone-imitating gestures like pinching and swiping. Apple CarPlay lets you run your iPhone from the touchscreen in a familiar manner, while Android Auto does the same for smartphones using the Google-based operating system.
Considering its small size, the Spark provides spacious seating for most adults to get comfortable, even on longer drives. Still, the upright position of the front seats gives the impression that you're sitting on the chairs rather than in them, and there's no real lateral support. While the Spark's rear seats are larger than many in the subcompact segment, they're still best suited to smaller passengers. Average-size adults will likely complain about the low seat cushions and headrests.
Cargo capacity checks in at 11.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 27.2 cubic feet with the rear seats lowered. Both figures are below average for the class. For comparison, the Honda Fit boasts 52.7 cubic feet of maximum space.
The front-wheel-drive 2017 Chevrolet Spark uses a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 98 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. It comes with either a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT. This CVT features a unique design that can regulate engine power through one of two settings, rather than the single output design of most CVTs. One setting simulates lower gears when the driver demands quicker acceleration, while the other mimics higher gears for open-road cruising.
While the EPA hasn't yet rated the 2017 Spark, we don't expect fuel economy figures to differ much from last year's model. The 2016 Spark equipped with the manual transmission returned an estimated 34 mpg in combined driving (30 city/41 highway). Equipped with the CVT, those numbers rose to 35 mpg combined (31 city/41 highway).
In Edmunds testing, a CVT-equipped Spark accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 11.3 seconds, making it one of the slower cars in its class.
Because of its modest power output, the Spark's small four-cylinder engine is best suited for around-town use. A CVT-equipped Spark takes a bit more than 11 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill, so highway on-ramp runs require some advance planning. Although we haven't yet tested a Spark equipped with the five-speed manual transmission, we expect it to be slightly slower than the CVT-equipped model.
The Spark's tallish body fosters the impression of a European cargo van left too long in the clothes dryer. Thankfully, the Spark doesn't drive like a van. Although far from a sport sedan, this petite Chevy remains surprisingly agile around turns and delivers a well-mannered ride overall. There's noticeable road and wind noise, but it's no more intrusive than in other cars at this price point. It's also impressively easy to park, even in tight spaces.
Standard safety features on the 2017 Chevrolet Spark include four-wheel antilock brakes (front discs, rear drums), a rearview camera, hill-hold assist, stability and traction control, front and
In safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last year's Spark earned the top rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset impact collision and side-impact tests.
In Edmunds brake testing, a Spark LT stopped from 60 mph in 121 feet, which is average for the class.
Impressive number of features at an affordable price; can be had with optional high-tech safety features that are typically unavailable in this class; high fuel economy; easy to park in tight spaces.
Acceleration is very slow, both for the class and in general; not much rear legroom and cargo capacity.
The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is perfect for first-time buyers and city dwellers. It's inexpensive, easy to maneuver and offers plenty of amenities and safety equipment. If that sounds great to you, keep reading to learn more about Chevy's high-tech, low-cost hatchback.
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Audio Features - Audio System
• Total Number Of Speakers: 6
Telematic Features - OnStar
• Concierge Service
• Cargo Capacity Behind 1st Row With Seats Folded: 27.2
• Bluetooth: Bluetooth
Misc. Exterior Features
• Exterior Camera: Rear View Camera
• Liftgate Window: Fixed
• Daytime Running Lights
Front Passenger Seat
• Number Of Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
• Power Steering: Electric Power Steering
1st Row Seats
• 1st Row Seat Type: Bucket
• 1st Row Head Room: 39.0
• Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside
• Power Outlet(s): 12V
• Overall Height: 58.4
• Intermittent Front Wipers: Variable Intermittent
• Audio Controls On Steering Wheel: Audio Controls
• Center Console: Front Console With Storage
• 1st Row Seating Capacity: 2
• Air Filtration: Interior Air Filtration
• Final Drive Ratio: 3.76
• Front Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Curb Weight (lbs): 2312
• Antilock Braking System: 4-wheel ABS
• Driven Wheels: Front Wheel Drive
Misc. Interior Features
• Cruise Control
Collision Safety System
• Post Collision Safety System: Post-collision Safety System
• Height Adjustable Driver Seat: Height Adjustable
• Anti Theft Alarm System: Remote Anti-theft Alarm System
• Head Airbags: Front And Rear
• Navigation System: Voice Directions Only Via Subscription Service
2nd Row Seats
• 2nd Row Seat Type: Bench
• 1st Row Vanity Mirrors: Dual Vanity Mirrors
Tires - Tires
• Rear Tire Width: 185
Wheels - TZD 15" Alloy Wheels
• Rim Type: Alloy
|State-Specific Emissions OverrideFor dealers ordering vehicles in (YF5) or (NE1) emission states - California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington). Allows a California dealer (YF5 emissions) to order (NE1) emissions with (NB9) emissions override code for registration in (NE1) states; or, a Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington dealer (NE1 emissions) to order (YF5) emissions with (NB9) emissions override code for registration in California.||All||$0 / $0|
|California Emissions OverrideAllows a dealer in states that require California emissions - California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island or Washington - to order Federal emissions for a vehicle that will be registered in a state that has Federal emission requirements). Do not use for vehicles that will be registered in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island or Washington. Not available in Maine or Vermont.||All||$0 / $0|
|Federal Emissions OverrideFor vehicles ordered by dealers in Federal emission states with (YF5) or (NE1) emissions - Not required for vehicles being shipped to California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont or Washington)||All||$0 / $0|
|Driver Confidence PackageForward collision alert; Lane departure warning||2LT CVT||$195 / $177|
|Premium Carpet Floor Mats||All||$135 / $123|
|15" Black Wheel Package||All||$1,100 / $1,001|
|Interior Protection PackageAll-weather floor mats; All weather cargo mat||All||$175 / $159|
|Cargo Net||All exc ACTIV||$60 / $55|
|All-Weather Cargo Mat||All||$75 / $68|
|15" Silver Wheel Package||All||$1,100 / $1,001|
|Chrome Body Side Molding||All exc ACTIV||$230 / $209|
|Mosaic Black Z-Spec Grille Insert||1LT/2LT||$0 / $0|
|All-Weather Floor Mats||All||$140 / $127|
|Painted Body Side Molding||All exc ACTIV||$0 / $0|
|Smoker's Package||All||$75 / $68|
|Wheel Lock Kit||All||$60 / $55|
|Summit White Z-Spec Grille Insert||1LT/2LT||$0 / $0|
|Winter/Summer Floor Mat Package||All||$250 / $228|
|Engine Block Heater||All||$100 / $91|
|Sunroof W/ Dual Reading Lamps||1LT/2LT||$1,000 / $910|
|California State Emissions Requirements||All||$0 / $0|
|Federal Emissions Requirements||All||$0 / $0|
|Red Hot Z-Spec Grille Insert||1LT/2LT||$0 / $0|
|Aluminum Sill Plates||All exc ACTIV||$85 / $77|
|Northeast EmissionsConnecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state requirements.||All||$0 / $0|
|Sport Pedal Kit||All||$0 / $0|
|Wheel Center Caps||All exc ACTIV||$0 / $0|
|Ground Effects Package||All except ACTIV||$795 / $723|
Chevrolet Spark Exterior Colors:
Chevrolet Spark Interior Colors:
Chevrolet Spark Recalls Issued - 2017
|Recall Number: 17V307000|
|Component Description: AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL|
|Manufacturered From: to|
|Owner Notification Date:|
|Number of Vehicle Affected: 55,068|
|Consequence: In the event of a crash with a frontal air bag deployment, an unbelted child in the front passenger seat has an increased risk of injury.|
|Corrective Action: The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 17199.|
|Description: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Chevrolet Spark vehicles. In the event of a crash, if a young child is seated improperly and not wearing a seat belt while in the front passenger seat, deployment of the front passenger air bag may injure the occupant's neck. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."|