Perfect for city driving, and designed to be the ultimate commuter, the subcompact body style is a favorite amongst those who want something small, safe, and charming. While there are many vehicles within the Chevrolet family lineup, not many offer the kind of ride like the 2020 Chevy Spark. Here is a subcompact car that packs a powerful punch in both comfort and technology.
As you can expect, the 2020 Chevy Spark is tiny, yet one shouldn’t let the size fool you. Just because the Chevy Spark is a small car doesn’t mean it can’t hold its own both in city streets and on the highway. Sporting some serious gas mileage, a low-low entry price of $14,220 MSRP, and some pretty zippy handling behind the wheel, the 2020 Chevy Spark is a force to be reckoned with, and while it may not be as large as other members of the Chevy family, it still offers that same incredible level of quality from bumper to bumper.
The base 2020 Chevy Spark is the LS. This version of the compact hatchback comes with a standard rear vision camera, as well as ten airbags throughout the vehicle. This way, in the event of an accident, you will be completely cocooned and protected from debris, glass, and serious injury. Plus, despite the small size of the vehicle, it does include the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with a seven-inch touchscreen.
The touchscreen and infotainment system gives you access to services such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These platforms will pair with your mobile device, so you can use a number of your favorite apps without using your phone.
The LS comes with front-wheel drive and a 1.4L ECOTEC I4 engine that produces 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque. You can purchase the LS trim with either an automatic or manual transmission, depending on what you're looking for.
The Chevy Spark gets fantastic fuel economy regardless of the transmission drivers choose. With a manual transmission, the Spark gets up to 29 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway, 33 combined. As for the automatic transmission, the Spark gets up to 30 miles per gallon in the city and up to 38 miles per gallon on the highway.
As for safety, on top of the ten airbags used by the LS, it comes with daytime running lamps, electronic traction control, hill start assist, the LATCH system (which is used for making sure your child's seat is properly secured through different anchors), plus a tire pressure monitoring system. Plenty of safety features that will keep you and your passengers safe while traveling.
The 1LT hatchback Chevy Spark comes with a standard rear vision camera, which you can monitor through the seven-inch touchscreen. The touchscreen uses the latest Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System, which also has built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in it.
The vehicle features 15-inch alloy wheels, which is a step up from the steel wheel and hubcap option found on the LS trim. It also receives additional power features, including power windows and power locks. The 1LT also comes with remote keyless entry.
The 1LT trim is available with both a manual and automatic transmission and can only be found equipped with front-wheel drive. The Spark 1LT, like the Sparks other trims, has the same 1.4L engine that produces 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque. With the 1LT manual or automatic transmission, you will have a similar fuel economy; both get about 33 miles per gallon combined.
There are a number of safety standard features that come on the 1LT beyond the rearview camera and the airbags. It comes with power emergency unlock and automatic locks, electronic traction control, hill start assist, the LATCH System, LED daytime running lights, plus electronic stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
When you live a life on the go and want to add some performance features you're not going to find on other trims, you will want to go with the ACTIV model. The ACTIV trim features a rear vision camera as well as the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System. All this is controlled via a seven-inch touchscreen. On the screen, you have access to a number of platforms and applications. This includes both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so no matter the mobile device you use, it is possible to pair it with the vehicle and drive hands free. This will help keep you safer while driving, although, in the event of an accident, the vehicle does feature ten standard airbags, which protects you from possible injuries in the event of an accident.
The ACTIV has a built-in roof rack on the top, which gives you additional cargo options for carrying around your gear. It also uses unique 15-inch alloy wheels, which are different from the 1LT trim. On the ACTIV, you'll find heated black leatherette driver and passenger seats, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a three-spoke silver accent.
There are a handful of additional entertainment features found on the ACTIV. While using the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System, you can enjoy SiriusXM satellite radio (it comes with a three-month free subscription upon purchase of the vehicle), plus USB ports so you can charge up your mobile phone as you drive. It uses a six-speaker audio system and comes standard with a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot.
All around the ACTIV trim, there are a number of performance features and touches not found on the other trims. This includes wheel well inserts, plus added trim features around the nose and under the grille of the Spark. There is some added flair on the grille itself, plus the fog lights are slightly different. When you want a trim that stands out from the other three, you will want to go with the ACTIV trim.
The ACTIV trim is available with both a manual and automatic transmission. It uses a gas I4 engine that produces 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque. It also features a 9-gallon fuel tank and excellent fuel economy. With the ACTIV trim, you can get up to 30 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway (the ACTIV is slightly heavier than the other trims available due to the added sport gear attachments on the vehicle).
On top of the airbags and rear view camera, the ACTIV trim comes with other standard safety features. These safety features include power and emergency door locks, electronic traction control, hill start assist, the LATCH system, electronic stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
This is the top-trim 2020 Chevy Spark. It comes with a seven-inch touchscreen, which gives you access to the rearview camera, plus the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System. On the system, you can pair up your phone using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. These varying services will help you keep your eyes on the road and off of your phone (which is especially helpful when driving through states that make it illegal to hold your phone and manually use it while driving).
The vehicle uses leatherette seat trim, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel and three-spoke silver accents. There is also a keyless open and keyless start, so you can fire up your Chevy Spark before you hop into the car. This is a solid feature when you want to heat up the car prior to getting into it.
The 2LT comes with ten standard airbags, as well as rear park assist and audible warnings built right into the Spark. There are a number of other safety features found on the 2LT, including standard electronic traction control, hill start assist, the LATCH system, LED daytime running lamps, rear park assist, and a tire pressure monitoring system. It also has an optional lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and automatic emergency braking.
The 2LT is available as both an automatic and manual transmission. Regardless of the transmission, the 2020 Chevy Spark uses a gas I4 engine that produces 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque. The automatic does provide a slightly better fuel economy because you will get up to 38 miles per gallon the highway instead of 27, but it remains at 33 miles per gallon combined like the manual transmission.
What should you expect from the performance of a subcompact car like the 2020 Chevy Spark? Some drivers argue that fuel efficiency should take precedent, while others believe that no good driving experience is possible without a nimble and thrilling driving experience. Fortunately, the 2020 Chevy Spark provides all of the above, resulting in a tiny car with a punchy engine and some pavement gripping handling to bring the whole thing together.
When you’re put behind the wheel of a Chevy Spark, you’re getting an engine that’s relatively small, which makes sense: the Chevy Spark isn’t a large car. Weighing a maximum of 2,312 lbs, and measuring in at 143.1-inches in length, 62.8-inches in width, and between 58 and 59-inches in height, the 2020 Chevy Spark is a true subcompact car. The resulting smaller engine does a decent job of providing decent thrust for what’s already there.
The engine humming beneath the hood of the 2020 Chevrolet Spark is a 1.4-liter inline-4 that delivers 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft worth of torque, with the help of a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT. The Chevy Spark only has front-wheel drive but has either an automatic or manual transmission.
The 2020 Chevy Spark has excellent fuel economy ratings. With the CVT, the Spark can get up to 30 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway, which is an amazing 33 miles per gallon combined. If drivers opt for a manual transmission, they won't be taking a hit to fuel economy. The Spark will still get up to 30 miles per gallon in the city, but on the highway, instead of 38 miles per gallon, fuel economy has a slight drop to 37 miles per gallon. The 2020 Chevy Spark is a true gem with amazing fuel economy ratings, making it a fantastic commuter car.
There is more than just the tight and punchy engine delivering an overall solid experience behind the wheel. The short wheelbase and rigid suspension make the 2020 Chevy Spark remarkably nimble when put into tight corners. The sharp acceleration and overall small size also play a huge role in how well the Chevy Spark performs when navigating city streets. In fact, the metropolitan lifestyle is where the Chevy Spark excels, snagging narrow parking spaces and slipping down compact alleyways with ease.
Slipping inside the 2020 Chevy Spark, you’re offered far more space than you might initially expect, especially if you’re judging the vehicle from its outward appearance. Inside the Chevy Spark, rear-seat passengers will get to enjoy 33 inches of legroom, which is pretty solid considering just how small this subcompact car is. The hatchback styling makes for some rather stellar cargo storage, with 27.2 cubic feet available when the rear seats are folded flat.
Seating a total of four people, the Chevy Spark provides ultimate comfort with durable cloth in base models, with the option for synthetic materials as you move up the trim option ladder. In particular, the top-of-the-line Activ model gets jet black synthetic leather front seats that are heated, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Speaking of heated seats, the Chevy Spark provides a decent spread of technology when it comes to both infotainment and comfort. Unlike some subcompact competitors, Chevrolet equipped its base models with a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen system that is integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Throw in Bluetooth connectivity and two USB ports and the technology packed into even the entry-level Chevy Spark puts its competition to shame.
Although, if you want a bit more than a single first-course of technology offerings, you can find it in the higher trims. When you upgrade to the 1LT, you’ll get power windows and locks for your convenience, as well as remote keyless entry and a dazzling set of alloy wheels for good measure. Things don’t stop there either, as the Activ is the only trim that sports heated seats and rides a little higher than its counterparts.
While the 2020 Chevy Spark may not be as large and flashy as other models within the Chevrolet family, but it still holds it's own delivering a compact, stylish, and a comfy interior that when fully upgraded is practically luxurious.
As automotive technology changes, so does what we expect from our cars, and no area has changed quite as much as auto safety. Cars are now equipped with technology that allows them to predict the flow of traffic, automatically apply the brakes, and even read the lanes on the road to provide you not only greater safety but greater awareness when behind the wheel. The safety equipment packed into the 2020 Chevy Spark definitely lives up to this expectation, utilizing the latest and greatest safety features to help you take to the road without second thought or hesitation.
Although it is worth noting that some of these features aren’t found on base-models, in order to get the full suite of safety features, you’ll have to pay extra and get the Driver Confidence package available on the 2LT version of the Chevy Spark. Included in this package are features like low-speed automatic emergency braking.
Low-speed automatic emergency braking uses cameras and sensors to detect the road or area ahead of the vehicle. When a vehicle or person passes within the range of these sensors, the system automatically applies the brakes and prevents a collision. However, this feature only works at low speeds, making it incredibly useful when navigating tight parking lots. Lane departure warnings are also available in this safety package, and like low-speed automatic emergency braking, this feature combines the use of sensors and cameras to scan the lane lines in the road, and will warn you when you’re drifting out of your lane.
These features together make for a seamless driving experience that is bound to provide some ease for anxious drivers. That said, if you don’t want to pay the extra cost for this fully-fleshed safety package, you can certainly find plenty of protective measures employed in the basic entry-level model.
When you purchase a standard 2020 Chevy Spark, you’ll get ten airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, a rear-view camera, and rear parking sensors. The rear-parking sensors are particularly remarkable, as they can give you better awareness of the road around you, and make parallel parking a breeze.
While crash-test ratings are still being gathered, last year’s tests by the IIHS had solid results, which ought to carry through with this year’s model. And with this full-package of active safety features available, safety in the 2020 Chevy Spark can be brought to a whole new level.
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