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MPG: 32 city/38 hwy

2013 Chevy Spark LS Hatchback

2013 Chevrolet Spark Review

(0 Stars)  Unique, but about what you’d expect.

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New For 2013
The Spark is an all-new model for 2013.
The Chevy Spark is the latest entry in the minicar segment, and although it came late, it’s notable for offering four doors, something no other vehicle in this class has. Although the interior reflects the vehicle’s low base price, bright body-color trim—the Spark comes in several eye-searing hues—distracts a bit from the cheapness. Power windows, but not power door locks or mirrors, are standard. Upper trim levels add a seven-inch color touchscreen and a USB port. The high roofline provides plenty of headroom, even in the back seat. Built in Korea, the Spark was modified for U.S. duty with stiffer front dampers, larger (fifteen-inch) wheels, and electric power steering. The 83-hp, 1.2-liter four moves the 2237-pound car with some gusto—until you add a couple of passengers. The steering is quick and precise—the way we wish the Fiat 500’s felt—without being twitchy. Early yet subtle stability-control intervention keeps the car pointed in the right direction through midcorner bumps. The throws of the five-speed manual gearbox are smooth if a bit too light (a four-speed automatic is optional). Chevrolet promises that fuel economy will be “competitive” with the likes of the Scion iQ and the Fiat 500, meaning it’ll be no better than in a subcompact car. The real story, then, will be the electric version that Chevy will offer next year.

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2013 Spark LS Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.2L Ecotec in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 32 MPG city, 38 MPG highway, 34 MPG combined and 314 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
9.2gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 84 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 83 ft lb of torque @ 4,200 rpm

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'13 Chevy LS Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Power Trunk/Liftgate
Power Windows
Trip Computer
Vehicle Information Center
Rear Spoiler
Brake Assist
Daytime Running Lights
Driver Air Bag
Engine Immobilizer
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Passenger Air Bag
Rear Side Airbag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
Folding Rear Seat
GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
Alloy Wheels
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