2014 Chevrolet Spark vs. Its Competition

2014 Chevrolet Spark
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The three-door Fiat 500 and MINI Cooper are the two strongest rivals to the Spark, although both of those models are far more upscale in features--much more expensive, too.

The MINI is fun to drive in a way the budget-minded Spark can't muster, although the Spark's dashboard and smartphone integration is light-years ahead of the MINI's messy dials and switches.

The Fiat is also endowed with a charisma and style that's unparalleled in the Chevy.

The Mitsubishi i is the only other five-door hatchback, and it too has good interior space for its dimensions, but it's only available as an electric car with a low 62-mile range, and it sells only in small volumes -- so small that there never was a 2013 model.

A pair of microcars--the Scion iQ and Smart Fortwo--are also rivals, although they're lacking the Spark's versatility.

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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark enters the minicar fold with a space-efficient package and some of the best infotainment and connectivity technology in any affordable car; and while performance of the standard Spark is lackluster, the Spark EV breaks out as one of the best-performing, most efficient electric cars. Too bad the EV is offered on such a limited basis.
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The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the least expensive electric car on the market, and it can carry four adults despite its tiny size and nimbleness around-town, though it's less good at highway speeds.
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The 2014 MINI Cooper is a fun, smart, and practical way to get around, without giving up its sporty, quirky side.
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The 2014 Scion iQ is perfect for city dwellers with really tough on-street parking; for everyone else, it's more of a statement about minimalism.
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The 2014 Smart ForTwo is now an old design, but it remains the easiest car to park in cities, and it's at its best in urban traffic; the electric model, new last year, is the nicest of the bunch, and now remarkably cheap.
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If you're willing to go small, the 2014 Fiat 500 is one of the most stylish ways to do it—and the Abarth and Turbo add just the right 'edge' to the personality.
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Gas Mileage     
30 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy36 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy34 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
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444424
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
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ManualAutomaticManual w/ODCVT w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/OD