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2022 Chevrolet Spark
Select a Different Model (8 Available): 1LT (Auto) Hatchback
Fuel Economy $ 30 / 38 mpg
Horsepower 98@6,200
Torque 94@4,400
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2022 Chevrolet Spark MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Refreshingly agile
  • Cheerful colors
  • Solid build quality

Cons

  • Light on power
  • Not much cargo space
  • Limited safety tech availability

The 2022 Chevrolet Spark is the cheapest model Chevy sells, with prices starting below $15,000. Aimed at shoppers with restrictive budgets, or tiny parking spaces, the Spark competes with bite-sized cars such as the Kia Rio and Nissan Versa.

What's New

The 2022 Spark is unchanged from last year, save for a few new colors. Crimson (dark red) is added to the lineup, as is Blue Glow (dark blue) and Nitro Yellow. Passion Fruit (purple), Toasted Marshmallow (off-white), and Caribbean Blue (medium blue) are no longer available.

What We Think

The 2022 Chevy Spark punches above its price point. Given the Spark's position as the cheapest car in America, that may sound like faint praise, but the Spark lives up to its name with liveliness and cheer. The exterior is sharp without trying too hard, and the Spark's quirky charm is accentuated by bright paint options.

The powertrain is anemic, but that's true of every car in this price range. The Spark separates itself with surprising levels of grip, a stable ride, and nimble handling. Road noise isn't intrusive, and it takes rough pavement to unsettle the suspension. Unlike some competitors, the Spark feels like it was put together well.

The interior is sparse but pleasant, with an attractive layout and a respectable infotainment system. The base LS is stuck with manual windows and locks, but most trims offer strong feature-per-dollar value. With the departure of the Honda Fit, the Chevy Spark is among the frontrunners for heir to the economy-hatch throne. We recommend cross-shopping it against the Kia Rio, but we'd take either one over a Mitsubishi Mirage.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Only one powertrain is available in the Spark, and it isn't particularly strong. The 1.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder makes 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque, which is low even by econo-car standards. On the plus side, the Spark weighs scarcely over a ton, so the power is (just) adequate. In our 2016 test, the Spark puttered from 0 to 60 mph in 10.7 seconds, which is still quicker than a Mitsubishi Mirage.

A five-speed manual comes standard, but a CVT is available for $1,100. Front-wheel drive is the only option. Topping out at an EPA-estimated 30/38 mpg city/highway, the Spark is efficient by most standards, but still thirstier than the Versa or Rio.

Crossover Lite

Since 2018, the Activ trim has offered an unconventional crossover-like alternative for thrifty shoppers. In addition to skidplates, roof rails, and a 0.4-inch gain in ground clearance, the Spark Activ comes with heated front seats and leatherette upholstery. The wheelwells get plastic cladding, which lends an adventurous look. Just don't expect any serious capability off the beaten path.

Safety Ratings and Features

The IIHS has conducted only limited testing on the 2021 Spark, which earned Good scores in the moderate overlap front and side crash tests. The NHTSA has yet to test the model.

Active safety features are scarce. Automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning are available, but only on a CVT-equipped 2LT model. Even then, they're a $295 option. 

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Spark's tiny 143-inch length means that interior space is hard to come by. Passenger capacity is limited to four, and cargo capacity is less than you'll find in a Kia Rio hatchback.

Cargo space (behind first/second rows):

  • 2022 Spark: 11.1/27.2 cubic feet
  • 2022 Rio Hatchback: 17.4/32.8 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second rows):

  • 2022 Spark: 41.7/33.0 inches
  • 2022 Rio Hatchback: 42.1/33.5 inches

Technology

Every Spark gets a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and two USB ports. For the price, that's a remarkably complete kit. Every trim except the base LS gets a six-speaker sound system and steering wheel-mounted controls.

Recommended Trim

The 2022 Chevy Spark is available in four trims: LS, 1LT, Activ, and 2LT. Starting prices range from around $14,500 to around $19,000. 

The Chevy Spark is one of few cars to still offer a manual transmission, and it hardly dents the Spark's fuel economy. We'll take it and put the savings toward upgrading to the 1LT. It adds power features and keyless entry in addition to the upgraded sound system, making it cheaper and better equipped than a base Kia Rio.

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2022 CHEVROLET SPARK SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 1.4 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Continuously Variable Automatic (MR8)
Trim
1LT (Auto) Hatchback
Class
Compact Passenger Car
Horsepower
98@6,200
Standard MPG
30/38
Body Style
Hatchback
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
4/4
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100,000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 01-31-2022
$0 2.99% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 3.24% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 01-31-2022
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 01-31-2022
$0 3.49% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022