2018 Chevrolet Spark

2018 Chevrolet Spark
Save up to $3,925
2018 Chevrolet Spark
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Pros

  • Impressive number of features at an affordable price
  • Offers many optional high-tech features
  • High fuel economy
  • Easy to park in tight spaces

Cons

  • Acceleration is slow, both for the class and in general
  • Not much rear legroom and cargo capacity


Which Spark does Edmunds recommend?

Thanks to its low price, the Spark undercuts its competitors by thousands of dollars when new, even in its top-spec trim. Still, there's something to be said about keeping all the bells and whistles out of your subcompact, so we'd split the difference and go for the 1LT, which adds much-needed features such as power windows and locks and cruise control.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Subcompacts appeal to the practical and budget-conscience. They're inexpensive, frugal and, most important for city dwellers, easy to park. The 2018 Chevrolet Spark has all those traits but also adds a healthy list of standard and optional features to the mix.

Even in its most basic LS trim, the Spark comes with modern conveniences that rival those on bigger and more expensive cars. A fold-down rear bench seat increases functionality, as does its standard smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It's also nimble around turns yet comfortable enough for longer trips.

But to be frugal, efficient and small means some aspects must be compromised. For the Spark, that's in its acceleration — which is slow even for this class of car — and total usable cargo space. There's very little room behind the rear seats. And while the rear seats are comfortable, taller adults may brush their heads up against the roof.

Generally, though, you should be pleased with Chevy's Spark if you're looking for affordable urban-oriented transportation.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is available in four trim levels that differ primarily in standard feature content. The Spark LS is a well-equipped base model, and the 1LT adds more features. The 2LT has more convenience and driver assist features, while the Activ model increases ground clearance and tacks on roof rails for a more active lifestyle. All trims come with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 98 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. The engine drives the front wheels through either a five-speed manual transmission or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The Spark LS comes with a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a four-speaker audio system, air conditioning, and Chevrolet's OnStar communications system that includes a 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi hotspot.

The 1LT adds 15-inch alloy wheels, power accessories (windows, mirrors and door locks), cruise control, remote keyless entry, foglights, and a six-speaker audio system.

From here, the Activ adds simulated leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, roof rails, special 15-inch wheels and bodywork, and a raised suspension that provides 0.4 inch of additional ground clearance.

Alternately, go for the 2LT. Compared to the 1LT, it adds rear parking sensors, simulated seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, push-button start, an upgraded driver information display, heated front seats, and chrome door handles and trim.

A sunroof is optional for the 1LT and 2LT trims. For the 2LT only, you can get a Driver Confidence package that adds forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems.

Trim tested

Edmunds has not driven any current version of the 2018 Chevrolet Spark, but we have limited experience with similar previous versions. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

Driving

The Spark's small four-cylinder engine is best suited for around-town use. A CVT automatic-equipped Spark takes over 11 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph from a stop, so highway on-ramps require some planning. Surprisingly, the Spark is agile around town and delivers a well-mannered ride overall.

Comfort

While it's noisy, it compares favorably with other cars in the class. Seating position is upright, with minimal lateral support. The rear seats are best suited to smaller passengers.

Interior

Yes, it's small, but the layout is functional. The high roofline gives it decent room, access and visibility, too. Cargo space is tight with four aboard, but it's plentiful with the rear seat folded.

Utility

There's minimal cargo room with the rear seat in use, but fold it down and there's more than enough storage for the sorts of local errands that suit this subcompact hatchback.

Technology

The MyLink infotainment system adds to the Spark's modern vibe. The menus are intuitive, and the graphics are sharp. The touchscreen supports multi-gesture control and provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interface. The standard OnStar 4G LTE service provides advanced connectivity options.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Chevrolet Spark.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Two Sparks in Two Months
Dev,02/06/2018
Previously bought a marshmallow white Spark LS back around the end of November, but got t-boned and totaled around December. It's amazing how well that car held up. Our vehicle went airborne, rolled 5 times, and landed in a ditch and I walked away with little injuries. The side curtain airbags and OnStar kicked on immediately. This vehicle is extremely safe in an accident, so much so I bought another recently again to replace my last. This time in sorbet pink, because I love out-of-the-ordinary cars. Also hopefully this time they'll see me with that bright a color, lol. Upgraded up to an LT1 trim, too, and I think it's worth it if you don't mind spending a little more. The rims are alright but the little inserts you can order really make them pop. Also comes with keyless entry (no remote start though, sadly) which is a must for my delivery job when I'm holding large packages. The LS trim is really the best deal you can get, though. They go on sale every other month for around $10,900 which is a steal for a brand new car with a good warranty and build quality. The interior is the same throughout all trims it seems like but it's pretty simple and quality-built. It doesn't feel like the dash will start peeling and cracking in 3 years, or the electrics burning out at the same time. Only thing I'm worried about is the CVT reliability, but honestly they'll last with the scheduled transmission fluid changes every 45k miles. Certified Pre-Owned Sparks from Chevrolet dealers come with 100k mile warranty for everything, which is great. Only other car I can think of that gets close in this price range of new cars is the Mitsubishi Mirage, but it feels much more cheaply put together in terms of quality.
Neat Little Car
Michael H.,06/19/2018
I bought this car to replace a 2004 Mini Cooper S that I totaled. I needed a car that I could easily put a multi-needle embroidery machine in the back, which I could in the Mini. So far it has been great. Meets my needs well. Ride gets a bit lively when the road gets really rough, but I can fly through severe rain when others have their hazards on. I have yet to drive it in a Southern Ohio winter, but I think it will be ok in the snow. I researched a lot of other cars and found this to be the best value. The gas mileage is really great. Controls are easy to use and well located. Not as much interior storage as I was used to with my 2008 Mazda3, but that is to be expected.
More isn't always better
Terry,09/20/2018
We are a retired couple. At this stage in life, our kids expect us to go all out. They think we should treat ourselves to the finest, most luxurious, and exotic things life has to offer. Did we ever fool them! Six months ago we bought a Spark LS base model. That's right, not a single option. We got it off the dealer's lot for a little over $10k. Do we miss all the electronic convenience features? Not a bit. It's not that hard to roll up a window or adjust a seat manually. It's an incredibly easy car to operate. We have taken several day trips in it and find it comfortable. It rides nicely. It's quiet. It's very nimble, easy to park, solid through the corners, and generally fun to drive. The gas mileage was a pleasant surprise. Our worst is 42.1mpg and our best is 48.3mpg. We often stay on the state highways and find the little car gets great mileage at 55mph. Storage space is adequate for our needs. Legroom is adequate for my over six foot body. In short, it does everything we need without a lot of unnecessary frills. We are extremely happy we took the simple road with this little car.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$14,150
MPG
30 city / 38 hwy
Seats 4
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$15,975
MPG
30 city / 38 hwy
Seats 4
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$13,050
MPG
29 city / 39 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed manual
Gas
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$17,220
MPG
30 city / 37 hwy
Seats 4
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
98 hp @ 6200 rpm
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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 Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2018 Chevrolet Spark

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is what used to be called an "urban runabout." It's small enough to squeeze through almost any hole in traffic and park practically anywhere. And it's available in bright colors so you can quickly find it in a crowded parking lot.

The Spark comes into 2018 with no changes from 2017. Still, what returns possesses plenty of technology, including a rearview camera, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 7-inch touchscreen in the dash that can be fed information from your smartphone. The Spark offers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

If you opt for the top-of-the-line Spark 2LT, the available options expand to include lane departure warning and forward collision alert systems — technology that's uncommon in cars in this price range.

There isn't a lot of rear legroom or cargo capacity in the Spark, so families with kids may want to look at other subcompacts before settling on one. But it's tough to beat the Spark's keen pricing, particularly when equipment level is taken into account.

While many of its competitors have been sportier in their abilities and attitude, Chevrolet has a Spark Activ (no "e") trim to add some zest to the mix. The Activ will get its own grille texture, a higher ride height, special 15-inch wheels, and several other trim pieces to give the tiny hatchback an SUV-like aura.

All Sparks are powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 98 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is the offered automatic. Both are front-wheel-drive. Though this small car moves well, it isn't quick.

The five-speed Spark is EPA-rated at 29 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg combined. Go for the CVT automatic and the city rating rises to 30 mpg while the 38 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined stay the same. If you choose the new Activ model, those numbers drop about 1 mpg.

It pays to be a smart shopper. So use Edmunds to research your choices and then get a great deal on a new subcompact. We're here to make your purchasing experience more satisfying.

2018 Chevrolet Spark Overview

The 2018 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), 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M), 2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M), 2LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT), and ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Spark?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Spark and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 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 2018 Spark.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Chevrolet Spark and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 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 2018 Chevrolet Spark?
2018 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT)

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,850. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) is trending $3,925 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,925 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$13,925.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) is22% below the MSRP.

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2018 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $16,995. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) is trending $3,879 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,879 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$13,116.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) is22.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 Chevrolet Spark LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT)

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $15,025. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) is trending $3,250 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,250 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$11,775.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl CVT) is21.6% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 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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