2013 Chevrolet Spark
There are 2 user reviews for the 2LT Manual trim shown below
- mpg, easy & fun to drive, decent storage room for size!
- hard when you hit potholes/bumps, no passenger arm rest
Purchased As New
LOVE THIS CAR! I test drove every car in this class, including the Sonic. Driving the Sonic enticed me into trying the Spark, and I had a lengthy drive to even find one.
I've had the car about 2 months, approx 5500 miles, in the mountains of WV. VERY hilly here, and I've gotten as high as 41.8 mpg with conservative driving. Low was 34.1 which was in a major city traffic jam with mostly stop and go driving. Average over the 5K miles total is 38.2, again, I drive in very mountainous terrain, and this includes husband driving it in "zippy" mode and a few tanks worth of me driving for FUN, rather than to conserve fuel : )
If you are looking for major power, you need to drive an entirely different class of car. I do downshift on 2-lane highway driving on some hills if I need the get up and go. Also, if you are looking at the MPG of other manufacturers, you might want to look into the class action lawsuit against Kia, Hyundai, and others as it appears they have inflated the MPG on many of their cars.
I love that the back seat folds down FLAT, and I travel a lot of miles with tons of #$%$. It all fits in the car with no problem. I love the hidden back doors! Looks 2 door but fully functional when loading. The upright styling allows me to put plenty of stuff in the back hatch, even when the seats are upright.
It seems to me this car is an engineering marvel. It's shocking one can fit so much stuff AND full-sized people in this car. It is so fun to drive that I feel like I'm flying a space ship, rather than driving!
However, I'm only 5'4" and I wouldn't see this car as a great fit for a family of huge people. Having said that, my 6'1" boss went on a 6 hour round-trip in the car with no difficulties at all. He loved the car and said he was very comfortable. He is TALL, not wide though.
The car fits my overall size perfectly. I hated that other cars were so uncomfortable and I couldn't see out at all and/or actually use the arm rests as they were too far away.
The 2LT features are definitely worth paying more for, especially the non-cloth seats. Ditto for the manual over the automatic. I am very happy I got the 5 speed.
Cons are that there is no passenger arm rest. Hubby hates the bump on the left front driver floorboard as it interferes with where he wants to rest his leg on long drives.
Overall, this is a fantastic little car and I would buy it again...and I hope Chevy keeps this lil gal as I would trade this one in for a new one in several years.
If you understand what you will get with a small engine in a small car, you can't go wrong with this car. Although fun to drive, it's not a sports car, and you aren't getting a hotrod.
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