2021 Chevrolet Spark

MSRP range: $13,400 - $17,900
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MSRP$15,870
Edmunds suggests you pay$13,539

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2021 Chevrolet Spark Review

  • Impressive number of features at an affordable price
  • Offers many high-tech features as options
  • High fuel economy
  • Easy to park in tight places
  • Acceleration is slow, both for the class and in general
  • Not much rear legroom or cargo capacity
  • No significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the second Spark generation introduced for 2015

Many automakers have discontinued their extra-small cars in recent years, preferring to focus on extra-small crossover SUVs instead. But Chevrolet is still keeping the flame lit with its 2021 Spark. This hatchback might be little, but it's big on value and fuel economy. If you need a vehicle to fit into tight spaces or zip around urban environments, and want to do it on a budget, the Spark checks those boxes in any trim.

Certainly, there are drawbacks. Packing just 98 horsepower, the Spark lags competitors when it comes to acceleration. Other small hatchbacks also offer a lot more cargo space and standard features. Typically, though, you'll pay more for those than you will for the Spark. It's worth checking out if you just need across-the-board proficiency at a throwback price for a new car.

Which Spark does Edmunds recommend?

You're likely looking at the Spark because it can save you a lot of money. As such, we say get the 1LT. It's one step up from the base level and comes with some features — such as aluminum wheels, power locks and windows, and a six-speaker stereo system — to make you feel comfortable about your decision.

Chevrolet Spark models

The 2021 Spark comes in four trim levels: LS, 1LT, Activ and 2LT. Every Spark is powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque. You can choose between a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) on all four trims.

LS
This base trim starts you off with:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Manual windows, mirrors and door locks
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Two USB ports
  • Air conditioning
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • OnStar emergency communications with onboard Wi-Fi hotspot

1LT
The next step up adds on:

  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Power windows, mirrors and door locks
  • Audio and phone controls on steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Six-speaker audio system

Activ
A more adventurous trim includes:

  • Daytime running lights
  • Foglights
  • Heated front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Roof rails
  • Unique 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Protective door plates
  • Custom grille, bumpers and black exterior accents
  • Suspension with 0.4 inch more ground clearance

2LT
This top trim takes 1LT equipment and adds:

  • Push-button start
  • Chrome door handles and trim
  • Upgraded driver information display
  • Heated front seats
  • Simulated leather seating surfaces
  • Rear parking sensors

Driver Confidence package
You can only add this combination of safety features to the 2LT trim with the CVT:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision alert
  • Lane departure warning
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Chevrolet Spark.

Average user rating: 4.5 stars
6 total reviews
5 star reviews: 83%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 17%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • transmission
  • value
  • wheels & tires
  • spaciousness
  • appearance
  • infotainment system
  • sound system
  • interior
  • technology
  • dashboard
  • towing
  • doors
  • maintenance & parts

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Best little thing!!
Kim,
LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT)
Great car for everything! It's actually very roomy and nice and simple!
5/5 stars, Zippy Is A Spark
Browneye,
LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
We just got a new 21 Spark LS in Cayenne Orange - it's a really cute little car. Had the windows tinted, medium on the front side windows, a limo-tint visor and back windows. Custom wheels - Sport-Tuning alloys, they look great. I also had the whole front of the car off to install a towing baseplate - we hook a tow-bar to the front and it goes behind our Winnebago motorhome. These cars are a collaboration by GM with Daewoo in Korea. Normally I don't like Korean kars, but this one is pretty great. Its got GM electronics in it, a nice center screen with AM/FM and Android and CarPlay, so we can connect our iPhone and use all of it's nice features - google maps, SiriusXM, etc. Really nice. Manual door locks takes some getting used to again - but the car is so small you can easily reach over and unlock a door or roll a window up or down. Yes, windows are manual too - how funny is that. The dealers are discounting these so don't buy a sued one. Carmax wants $15K for a used one with thousands of mile on it while the Chevy dealer is selling new ones for $12K. And zero-percent financing - yes, free money! The car drives great, has plenty of zip with a 5-speed manual. Yes, that's what we can tow, so manual it is. Fortunately we are old drivers, been around since stick-shifts were common. Very nice little car - perfect for a motorhome 'toad'. We just love it.
5/5 stars, What are you looking for?
Ken,
1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
I found the Chevy Spark so practical we bought 2 of them. If you are looking for a race car buy a Dodge Challenger. If you are looking for 3 roll seating and storage buy a suburban. This car does what it was designed for. And for people to be negative about the Spark you need to buy what fits your needs. I just think this little car is as nice as a pocket on a shirt.
2/5 stars, Feels like a shoe
North Florida,
2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT)
It was a 2 day rental and yes I drive a 1500 Silverado crew cab but this is tineeeeey. I felt like I was sitting in a luge or driving a skate down the highway. WY too small for me but hey, if I was 20 and it was my first car, I would be thrilled.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$14,500
MPG & Fuel
30 City / 38 Hwy / 33 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 9.0 gal. capacity
Seating
4 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 98 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 94 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 143.1 in. / Height: 58.4 in. / Width: 62.8 in.
Curb Weight: 2278 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 11.1 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Spark safety features:

Forward Collision Alert
Warns the driver of an imminent front-end collision.
Lane Departure Warning
Lets you know when you're drifting away from the center of the lane.
Rear Park Assist
Alerts you of nearby objects when backing up.

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Chevrolet Spark vs. the competition

2021 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Chevrolet Spark

2020 Chevrolet Sonic

2020 Chevrolet Sonic

Chevrolet Spark vs. Chevrolet Sonic

The Spark plays mighty mite to its larger, yet still compact, Sonic sibling. If you're looking for an efficient economy car that can fit five passengers instead of the Spark's four, the Sonic might be right for you. It has more power and much more cargo room, but it trails the Spark when it comes to fuel economy.

Compare Chevrolet Spark & Chevrolet Sonic features 

Chevrolet Spark vs. Honda Fit

The Fit is an economy-car darling for its engaging drive and configurable Magic Seat in the second row that opens up a lot of cargo space when necessary. There are also desirable features, including adaptive cruise control and a sunroof, that come standard on some trims. Meanwhile, it has nearly identical fuel economy as the smaller Spark.

Compare Chevrolet Spark & Honda Fit features 

Chevrolet Spark vs. Toyota Yaris

The Yaris is a lively little hatch with exciting handling and strong fuel efficiency. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard too. Unfortunately, its small engine doesn't provide very much power, and it would improve by offering more driver assist features. Still, the Yaris has a lot to offer and is a smart choice for the price.

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FAQ

Is the Chevrolet Spark a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Spark both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Chevrolet Spark fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Spark gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg to 33 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Spark has 11.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Spark. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Chevrolet Spark?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Chevrolet Spark:

  • No significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the second Spark generation introduced for 2015
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Is the Chevrolet Spark reliable?

To determine whether the Chevrolet Spark is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Spark. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Spark's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Chevrolet Spark a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Chevrolet Spark is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Spark is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Chevrolet Spark?

The least-expensive 2021 Chevrolet Spark is the 2021 Chevrolet Spark LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $13,400.

Other versions include:

  • LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $14,500
  • 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $16,400
  • LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $13,400
  • ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $17,500
  • 2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $17,900
  • 2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $16,800
  • 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $15,300
  • ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $16,400
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What are the different models of Chevrolet Spark?

If you're interested in the Chevrolet Spark, the next question is, which Spark model is right for you? Spark variants include LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT), 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT), LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M), and ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Spark models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Chevrolet Spark Overview

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark is offered in the following submodels: Spark Hatchback. Available styles include LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT), 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT), LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M), ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT), ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M), 2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M), 2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT), and 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2021 Chevrolet Spark?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Chevrolet Spark and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Spark 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Spark.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Chevrolet Spark and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Spark featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Chevrolet Spark?

2021 Chevrolet Spark LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $15,870. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Spark LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,331 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,331 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $13,539.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Spark LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) is 14.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 19 2021 Chevrolet Spark LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,930. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,219 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,219 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $15,711.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) is 12.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 25 2021 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,875. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,448 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,448 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,427.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) is 13% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Spark 2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark 2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,105. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Spark 2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) is trending $2,379 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,379 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,726.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Spark 2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) is 12.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Chevrolet Spark 2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Chevrolet Sparks are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Chevrolet Spark?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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