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2013 Chevy Spark LS

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.
Overview
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 Standard Equipment

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