Lexington Chevy Drivers Find The 2018 Chevrolet Spark Economical and Sensible
The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is a subcompact car that provides amenities you’d expect to find on a car that costs a lot more. Its diminutive size and easy steering make it ideal for maneuvering around tight spots in the city, and the Spark is easy to park. Those looking for outstanding smartphone connectivity will be happy to know that the Spark has a standard touchscreen infotainment setup that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, there’s a long list of standard and available features. Lexington Chevrolet shoppers who are looking for a great all-around subcompact should place the Spark at the top of their list.
The 2019 Chevrolet Spark is offered in four trim levels, listed as LS, 1LT, 2LT and Activ. Powering the Spark is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 98 horsepower and 94 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. Front-wheel drive is standard across the board. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 31 mpg city/38 mpg highway with the CVT, and 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway with the manual transmission.* The Activ trim gets 30 mpg city/37 mpg highway with the CVT and 29 mpg city/38 mpg highway with the manual.
Kelley Blue Book gave the 2018 Chevrolet Spark thumbs up, writing: “You might think a car given the label 'minicar' wouldn't have much to offer the average American driver, but the 2018 Chevrolet Spark proves good things do come in small packages. … As a big-city commuter, the Spark offers comfort, safety and economy at a rock-bottom price.”
The base Spark LS trim comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, air conditioning and a three-month trial of OnStar with 4G LTE connectively and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Also standard is an audio system with four speakers, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth and a USB input. Keeping the driver and passengers safe are 10 airbags, a rearview camera and OnStar Guidance with a six-month trial subscription. OnStar Guidance features roadside assistance and automatic crash response.
Buyers who opt for the Spark 1LT get cruise control, keyless entry, power windows, steering-wheel-mounted audio buttons, SiriusXM satellite radio and a theft-deterrent system. The 2LT comes with rear-park assist, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and chrome trim on the exterior. The LT and Activ trims have an available power sunroof, and the Activ has an optional Driver Confidence Package, which adds driver assist features such as lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert. The ACTIV trim also gets exclusive 15-inch wheels, faux-leather heated front seats, and unique front and rear bumpers.
The 2018 Chevrolet Spark has undergone limited testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The organization gave the Spark its highest score of Good in side impact and moderate overlap tests. The IIHS also rated the Spark with an A for the ease of use of its child seat anchors (LATCH). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t evaluated the Chevy Spark.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.