2017 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT)

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Pricing Information

MSRP: $15,925
Dealer Invoice: $15,368
Delivery Charge: $875
Used Retail Price: $11,866
Used Private Price: $10,502
Used Trade-In Price: $8,695

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Editor Review

2017 Chevrolet Spark Review

Introduction

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.

What's New

Following a complete redesign in 2016, there are no significant changes for the 2017 Chevrolet Spark. The Spark EV has been discontinued.

Body

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).

Interior

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.

Powertrain

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.

Driving

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.

Safety

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
rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front-seat knee airbags. The OnStar service also provides automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance and stolen-vehicle assistance. Forward collision alert and lane departure warning are available on the 2LT model equipped with the automatic transmission.

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.

Pro

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.

Con

Acceleration is very slow, both for the class and in general; not much rear legroom and cargo capacity.

Bottom Line

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.

Manufacturer's Warranty

Type: Drivetrain
• Maximum Years: 5
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Apr-28-2016 11:51 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 60000

Type: Free Maintenance
• Maximum Years: 2
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Apr-28-2016 11:51 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 24000

Type: Basic
• Maximum Years: 3
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Apr-28-2016 11:51 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 36000

Type: Rust
• Maximum Years: 6
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Apr-28-2016 11:51 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 100000

Type: Roadside
• Maximum Years: 5
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Apr-28-2016 11:51 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 60000

Standard Features

Audio Features - Audio System

• Total Number Of Speakers: 6
• Digital Audio Input: Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
• Smartphone Screen Projection: Android Auto/Apple CarPlay
• Usb Connection
• Radio: AM/FM
• Satellite Radio
• Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service: 3
• Consumer Generic Feature 0: USB Inputs
• Consumer Generic Feature 1: Aux Audio Inputs
• Consumer Generic Feature 2: Apple Carplay/Android Auto

Telematic Features - OnStar

• Concierge Service
• Crisis Assistance
• Vehicle Collision Notification
• Vehicle Locator
• Sent To Navigation Function: Sent-to Navigation Function
• Stolen Vehicle Tracking/assistance
• Remote Door Unlock
• Roadside Assistance
• Destination Guidance (turn By Turn Navigation): Destination Guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)
• Airbag Deployment Notification
• Hands Free Calling: Hands-Free Calling
• Destination Download
• Remote Horn/lights
• Emergency Service
• Vehicle Diagnostics
• Customer Relations/vehicle Information
• Poi Communication
• Remote Door Lock

Cargo Dimensions

• Cargo Capacity Behind 1st Row With Seats Folded: 27.2
• Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place (cubic feet): 11.1
• Cargo Capacity, Rear Seat Down Or Removed: 27.2
• Max Cargo Capacity: 27.2

Mobile Connectivity

• Bluetooth: Bluetooth
• Mobile Router
• Months Of Free Satellite Communications Service: 3
• Satellite Communications: OnStar

Instrumentation

• Clock
• External Temperature Gauge: External Temperature Display
• Tachometer
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System: Tire Pressure Monitoring
• Trip Computer

Misc. Exterior Features

• Exterior Camera: Rear View Camera
• Rear Spoiler

Doors

• Liftgate Window: Fixed
• Number Of Doors: 4
• Rear Door Type: Liftgate

Exterior Lights

• Daytime Running Lights
• Front Fog Lights: Front Fog/driving Lights
• Headlights Auto Delay: Auto Delay Off
• Headlights Dusk Sensor: Dusk Sensing

Front Passenger Seat

• Number Of Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4

Steering

• Power Steering: Electric Power Steering

1st Row Seats

• 1st Row Seat Type: Bucket
• 1st Row Upholstery: Cloth
• Adjustable Seat Headrest: Height Adjustable Headrests
• Number Of 1st Row Headrests: 2

Interior Dimensions

• 1st Row Head Room: 39.0
• 1st Row Hip Room: 48.2
• 1st Row Leg Room: 41.7
• 1st Row Shoulder Room: 50.8
• 2nd Row Head Room: 37.0
• 2nd Row Hip Room: 48.0
• 2nd Row Leg Room: 33.0
• 2nd Row Shoulder Room: 49.8 in.
• EPA Interior Volume: 94.1

Spare Tire/Wheel

• Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside
• Spare Tire Size: Temporary

Power Outlets

• Power Outlet(s): 12V

Exterior Dimensions

• Overall Height: 58.4
• Overall Length: 143.1
• Overall Width Without Mirrors: 62.8
• Wheelbase: 93.9

Windows

• Intermittent Front Wipers: Variable Intermittent
• One Touch Windows: 1
• Power Windows
• Rear Defogger
• Rear Wiper: Intermittent Rear Wiper

Steering Wheel

• Audio Controls On Steering Wheel: Audio Controls
• Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel: Cruise Controls
• Phone Controls On Steering Wheel
• Steering Wheel Adjustments: Tilt-adjustable

Storage

• Center Console: Front Console With Storage
• Cupholders Location: Front And Rear
• Door Pockets Location: Front
• Rear Area Cargo Cover
• Seatback Storage: Front Seatback Storage

Seating Configuration

• 1st Row Seating Capacity: 2
• 2nd Row Seating Capacity: 2

Air Conditioning

• Air Filtration: Interior Air Filtration
• Front Air Conditioning: Air Conditioning
• Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single

Differential

• Final Drive Ratio: 3.76

Suspension

• Front Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Front Stabilizer Bar: Stabilizer Bar
• Front Suspension Classification: Independent
• Independent Suspension: Front
• Rear Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Rear Suspension Classification: Semi-independent

Specifications

• Curb Weight (lbs): 2312
• EGE City MPG: 30
• EGE Combined MPG: 33
• EGE Highway MPG: 38
• EPA City MPG: 30
• EPA Combined MPG: 33
• EPA Highway MPG: 38
• Fuel Capacity (gallons): 9.0
• TCO Curb Weight (lbs): 2312
• Turning Diameter (feet): 33.8

Brake System

• Antilock Braking System: 4-wheel ABS
• Braking Assist
• Front Brake Type: Ventilated Disc
• Rear Brake Type: Drum

Drive Type

• Driven Wheels: Front Wheel Drive

Misc. Interior Features

• Cruise Control
• Floor Mat Material: Carpet
• Floor Mats

Collision Safety System

• Post Collision Safety System: Post-collision Safety System

Driver Seat

• Height Adjustable Driver Seat: Height Adjustable
• Number Of Driver Seat Manual Adjustments: 6

Security

• Anti Theft Alarm System: Remote Anti-theft Alarm System
• Engine Immobilizer
• Power Door Locks: Remote Keyless Power Door Locks

Airbags

• Head Airbags: Front And Rear
• Knee Airbags: Dual Front
• Passenger Airbag Deactivation: Occupant Sensing Deactivation
• Side Airbags: Dual Front And Dual Rear
• Side Curtain Airbag Rollover Sensor: Side-curtain Airbag Rollover Sensor

Navigation System

• Navigation System: Voice Directions Only Via Subscription Service

2nd Row Seats

• 2nd Row Seat Type: Bench
• Adjustable 2nd Row Headrests: Height Adjustable Headrests
• Folding 2nd Row: Split Folding
• Number Of 2nd Row Headrests: 2

Mirrors

• 1st Row Vanity Mirrors: Dual Vanity Mirrors
• Exterior Mirror Adjustment: Power
• Heated Exterior Mirrors: Heated

Tires - Tires

• Rear Tire Width: 185
• Rear Tire Prefix: P
• Tire Type: All Season
• Rear Tire Diameter: 15
• Rear Tire Profile: 55

Wheels - TZD 15" Alloy Wheels

• Rim Type: Alloy
• Rear Wheel Diameter: 15
• Rear Wheel Width: 6

Available Options

Option/Package Availability MSRP/Invoice
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

Available Colors

Chevrolet Spark Exterior Colors:

Toasted Marshmallow Metallic
 
Brimstone
 
Mosaic Black Metallic
 
Kalamata Metallic
 
Splash
 
Silver Ice Metallic
 
Summit White
 
Nightfall Gray Metallic
 
Mint
 
Red Hot
 

Chevrolet Spark Interior Colors:

Jet Black W/Beige Trim
 
Jet Black W/Blue Trim
 
Jet Black W/White Trim
 
Jet Black W/Piano Black Trim
 

Safety Features

Traction control
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Dusk sensing headlamps
Tire pressure monitoring
Front and rear head airbags
Engine immobilizer
2 front headrests
Stability control
Auto delay off headlamps
Ventilated front disc / rear drum brakes
Child seat anchors
2 rear headrests
4-wheel ABS
Post-collision safety system
Rear height adjustable headrests
Emergency braking assist
Front fog/driving lights
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Dual front and dual rear side-mounted airbags
Rear door child safety locks
Daytime running lights

IISH Information
(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings)

Side impact test - Good

Roof Strength Test - Not Tested

Rear crash protection/head restraint - Not Tested

IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results - Not Tested

IIHS Moderate Overlap Front Test Results - Good

Mechanical Features

Engine: 1.4liter
Cylinders: 4
Displacement: 1399
Horsepower: 98
Valves: 16
Torque: 94
Fuel: Regular Unleaded
Transmission: continuously variable speed AUTOMATIC
Drive Type: Front Wheel Drive

Recalls

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."
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