Purchasing a 2016 Chevy Spark from McCluskey Chevrolet is like a match made in heaven. If you’re seeking that particular model, you’re probably looking for an affordable vehicle, considering the starting price for the vehicle is around $12,660. Add in the fact that McCluskey offers the best car deals in the area, and you should reasonably expect to pay an amazing price for your new Chevy.
To learn more about why you should be pursuing a 2016 Chevy Spark from McCluskey, continue reading. When you’re finished, we bet that you’ll be itching to get down to the dealership as soon as possible…
The city car, produced by GM Korea, was first introduced as the Daewoo Matiz in 1998. Based off the Lucciola (an Italdesign Guigiaro concept created for Fiat Cinquecento), the vehicle was actually originally rejected by Fiat. Luckily for the nameplate, it ended up catching on with General Motors.
The five-door hatchback included a .8-liter (that’s not a typo) S-TEC I3 straight-three gasoline engine, which could pump out an underwhelming 51 horsepower and 68.5 ft-lbs of torque. Furthermore, it could only hit a top speed of 89 miles per hour, and the 0-to-62 mph time was around 17 seconds. On the flip side, it could deliver an impressive 44 mile per gallon fuel efficiency.
The main features included air conditioning, a rear spoiler, and a stereo, while optional add-ons included roof rails, power steering, and central locking.
The vehicle ended up losing the Dawood Matiz name when GM took control of Daewoo Motors in 2002. After that, the vehicle was usually seen with an accompanying Dodge badge, although the Spark name didn’t originally catch on. For some time, the car was referred to at the Dodge Matiz, combining the vehicle’s two manufacturers.
The car was improved slightly for the second generation, which was released in 2005. Again using a design by Guigiaro, the upper body was re-engineered, as was the interior, which included an innovative center-mounted instrument cluster. The engine, while still only containing less than a liter of fuel, was slightly revamped, and when combined with the improved drag coefficient, customers could actually find themselves with a better fuel economy.
The third generation, released in 2009, was actually inspired by the 2007 Chevy Beat concept. The vehicle was eventually upgraded to include the automatic Jatco M4M-CVT7 transmission, and the four-speed automatic transmission was redesigned to help improve the already impressive fuel economy.
Perhaps the most significant move during the third generation was the brand’s inclusion of an electric vehicle, the Spark EV. First appearing in 2013, the vehicle was General Motors’ first all-electric passenger car. The electric motor produced 114 horsepower, but the lack of recharging stations made it an exclusive sell in the United States.
The current generation of the Dodge Spark debuted in 2015 at the New York International Auto Show. The vehicle includes a plethora of new technology, highlighted by the MyLink seven-inch touch-screen infotainment system, which allows drivers to access the radio, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and the Bringo GPS navigation technology. Furthermore, the system also includes Apply CarPlay and Android Auto, meaning you can access many of your phone’s basic features via the screen.
The new Spark also includes an OnStar subscription, traction/stability control, keyless entry, a six-speaker sound system, and 16-inch alloy wheels and tires.
Considering the fact that the nameplate is relatively new, there’s a slight chance that you could come across a first generation while shopping for a Spark, although you’d probably be seeking a vehicle that’s capable of so much more. For the sake of this exercise, we’re going to assume you’re eyeing a fifth-generation, 2016 model.
For those seeking a commuter vehicle, there actually may not be a better choice than the Spark. While the standard DOHC 16-valve inline-4 engine only pumps out an expected 84 horsepower and 83 ft-lbs of torque, it can still deliver some of the best fuel economy in its class. The estimated 30 city/41 highway mpg will save you a boatload of money at the gas tank, which is presumably a priority if you’re seeking a Spark.
The vehicle is surprisingly stylish, especially the colorful interior. The instrument panel was reportedly inspired by the standard motorcycle design, displaying a digital tachometer, a trip odometer, and an illuminated analog speedometer. The Chevy MyLink seven-inch touch screen is also eye-catching, as the system allows the driver to access a number of capabilities (as we previously mentioned).
The exterior is also attractive, as the hatchback slightly resembles the beloved Chevy Sonic. Sharp, angled headlights and taillights are the main differences (as Kelly Blue Book notes), while the chrome trim pieces, body-color front and rear bodywork, fog lights, and 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels provides an unexpected level of sophistication.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Spark is the price. At less than $13,000, the vehicle is one of the most affordable on the market, especially considering the fuel economy. When you factor in the money you may be saving via the gas, you’re looking at one of the most affordable vehicles on the market.