Changes for the 2014 Chevrolet Spark:
A 4-passenger city car, the Chevy Spark receives several improvements for 2014. A new continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional, improving the Spark’s fuel economy ratings. Automatic headlights are standard thisar, while heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators are optional. New colors include Lime and Grape Ice, and a new Spark EV electric vehicle debuts. For details about the Spark EV, see the separate summary.
The Spark LS is equipped with more than just the basics, including automatic headlights, a trip computer, ambient interior lighting, and 15-inch aluminum wheels in addition to air conditioning, power windows, a tilt steering wheel, a stereo with an auxiliary audio input jack, and OnStar telematics with six free months of service.
Upgrade to the Spark LT in order to enjoy power door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and Bluetooth. This version also has a Chevrolet MyLink color touchscreen infotainment system with a number or worthwhile features and services. Spark LT options include heated front seats, heated side mirrors, nicer interior and exterior trim, and fog lights. Unfortunately, all this stuff is bundled with leatherette seats that do not breathe well in hot weather. Not at all.
Chevy dealers also offer a range of accessories for the 2014 Spark.
Engines and Transmissions:
The Spark is equipped with a diminutive 1.2-liter, 4-cylinder engine generating all of 84 horsepower. That’s not much, but considering that a Spark weighs a maximum of 2,368 pounds, it provides adequate acceleration and enough power to earn a speeding ticket.
A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard equipment. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. Each delivers power to the Spark’s front wheels.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
In combined driving, there is no difference between the manual transmission and the CVT. Both are EPA-rated to get 34 mpg in combined driving.
As this summary is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the Spark. When, and if, they do, keep in mind that frontal-impact results are valid only when colliding with a stationary object or a vehicle of approximately the same size and weight.
Chevy clearly understands the needs of the likely Spark buyer. The LT model is equipped with a 7-inch color touchscreen infotainment system called Chevrolet MyLink, and it provides Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming capability, voice recognition technology, and free access to Siri Eyes Free and TuneIn global radio services. A BringGo navigation app is just 60 bucks, and includes Google Local Search.
Parents will like that the standard OnStar system includes six free months of Automatic Crash Response service, which leaps into action with an airbag deployment to help speed rescuers to the scene of the accident. A FamilyLink service also allows Mom and Dad to keep tabs on where a Spark driver might be at any given time.
With a Spark, who needs a Big Brother?