- Auburn, NY
- 10 months
- hatchback gasoline green manual
2013 chevrolet spark review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. New subcompact is a good city car. introductionwhile ranchers are ranging their pickup trucks all around the county and den mothers are hurrying the family suv up and down the suburbs, urban-nauts, those stressed-out dwellers deep in the heart of the city, are just trying to find a parking spot. The automotive needs of people in large cities sound plainly un-american. To them, the smaller, more nondescript and unobtrusive a car, the better. If it doesn't have to go to the overpriced inner-city gas station often, better still. And if it can haul several adults on occasional trips to the outer society, it's everything an urban-naut can ask. carmakers like chevrolet have offered a long, mildly successful cavalcade of small cars, but nothing as small as the chevrolet spark, which is a genuine mini car two inches shorter than a mini cooper. Chevrolet isn't expecting to sell millions of sparks in the u. S., but it has already sold 600,000 of them in the spark's true home market, korea, and neighboring asian countries. But chevrolet believes there will be a sampling of americans who are curious about this fairly extreme little car. Spark corners with unexpected aplomb, stops straight and true, and accelerates with a willing spirit that makes it fully competitive in the inner-city grand prix. Entering onramps and merging with freeway traffic requires planning ahead but no more than with any other vehicle that takes 11 seconds to reach 60 mph. all in all, the spark is an interesting small car for special tastes, special needs, and a trim budget between $14,000-$17,000. Equipped with all the mandated airbags and a number of additional advanced safety provisions, it might be just the right choice as an urban guerrilla, a college car or a first-ever new car. Color touch-screen linking compatible smartphone and stored media via bluetooth, plug-in outlet or usb, sirius/xm radio, steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, keyless entry, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control. Which isn't to say it's unattractive. It has a fresh look, with rakish character lines and forward-thrusting side-window forms that lend it a dynamic-at-any-cost appearance. A big, gaping grille, accompanied by the chevrolet-trademark second overhead grille port, make a no-nonsense statement. The drastically slanting headlight boxes are a similarly dramatic designer gesture. These are matched by the bulbous twin taillight complexes. Wowsie styling is required procedure at world car central. The spark's looks are two parts bravado, two parts fun. as an asian-born world car, chevy's spark is furnished with diminutive 14-inch wheels, but it's been dressed up for america with big (at least, bigger) 15-inch wheels. These alloy wheels are dressy and handsome, giving the vehicle a deluxe gleam. to grasp the spark's real-world scale, it's eight inches narrower and three feet shorter than the chevrolet cruze. In its segment, the little chevrolet is number one in space efficiency. to stay in tune with the spark's playful character, it's available in a bright pallet of finishes that will make it stand out wherever it goes. Among these are salsa, denim, lemonade, and techno pink. One particularly winsome mannerism of the spark is that this exterior paint is carried into the car's interior. As elsewhere in this little world car, its luggage racks are a practical and unexpected inclusion, and crossbars are available. interiorthe first impression of the spark's interior is inevitable; and then it's not. This is a low-priced car, but its interior is not cheap. The controls, dashboard and interior environment are winsome, bright and made of good materials. An electronic tachometer is located to the right in the form of a circular trace that curiously has no redline. This space is very busy, containing a fuel gauge in a vertical trace and an information center that delivers average mpg, trip time, trip mpg, trip miles, range and average speed. Very complete for such a car. the wheel itself is small, sturdy, very nice. It contains cruise control tabs on the left of the hub, audio channel change tabs and, yes, a phone control on the right hub. Audio volume on two separate tabs is located conveniently behind the front two audio tabs. Well done. the wiper controls provide the full range of intermittent, low and high frequency, as well as the safety of a rear wiper for the large, near-vertical back window. The latter is indispensable in such a configuration. The running lights do not include an automatic option, one of the few conveniences the spark lacks. But the climate control system is first-rate, using big, easy-to-use radial knobs for fan level, as well as controls for front and rear window defrost and heat and cool. Straightforward and flawless. The german luxury brands could learn from this elegant simplicity. the spark 2lt we drove had a handsome 7-inch full-color mylink touch-screen infotainment system that is a startlingly advanced component in all lt models. Mylink provides excellent graphics, and a touch of the screen dials-in the audio system, though the targets on-screen for dialing the volume up or down demand too much marksmanship while driving. The same controls on the steering wheel, however, handled the same duty painlessly. the audio was surprisingly good for this class of car. The additional capabilities of the system, in meeting the needs of advanced inner-city connectivity mavens, were very powerful. In addition to am/fm, xm/sirius satellite radio and a digital clock, bluetooth streaming audio for music and selected phones is available, voice recognition is available for compatible phones, and compatible apps for pandora and stitcher are supported. Onstar is also available, with collision notification, a good safety feature. perhaps the smart interior's most startling characteristic, however, is how roomy it feels despite its very small exterior package. The front seats give quite good lateral support and snugness. Upholstered in black leatherette, with high-back design and adjustable head restraints, the seats were not quite sporty. And even leaving space for a six-foot two driver, the left-rear seat had plenty of comfo.
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