- Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility
- Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission is available
- Available active safety features
The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is a subcompact hatchback that was redesigned last year. It competes with the Nissan Versa Note, Ford Fiesta, and Honda Fit. This year, it remains largely unchanged. However, a three new exterior color options are available, including Toasted Marshmallow Metallic White, Kalamata Metallic Violet, and Splash Metallic Blue.
Three trim levels are available: the base LS, 1LT, and 2LT.
The Spark is a cute hatchback with trapezoidal headlights and a hexagonal fascia. Its short dimensions make for a city-friendly driving experience. The 5-door hatchback sits on chassis with a slightly longer wheelbase than its predecessor for better legroom. Standard features include automatic daytime running lamps, 15-inch aluminum wheels, and a rear spoiler. Fog lights, power side mirrors, roof rails, and chrome accents are also available.
Last year, the Spark has received a new 98-hp, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is 16 percent more powerful than the previous engine. It mated to a standard 5-speed manual transmission, but a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is also available. Fuel economy for the Spark with the CVT is an EPA-estimated 30/41 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the Spark has a standard two-tone cloth cabin with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The center console prominently features a standard MyLink multimedia system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Audio compatibility, Bluetooth for phone and audio connectivity, and a USB port. Other standard features include air conditioning and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot (subscription required). Leatherette upholstery, power/heated front seats, power windows/locks, cruise control, and additional audio speakers are also available.
The Spark has a standard 10 airbags and a backup camera with rear park assist. Optional features include a blindspot monitoring system, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.