The Chevy Spark is one of the cheapest new cars on the American market, so it's no surprise that its standard-feature list is very...basic. But there are some real standouts available as options or in the upmarket trims.
All Spark models come standard with air conditioning, power windows, a rear-window wiper, and a trip computer. And even base cars have 15-inch painted aluminum wheels--no plastic covers over slotted metal wheels here. Infotainment is actually much better than what's offered in most other small cars, and even better than the systems in some much more expensive vehicles. The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system includes an AM/FM stereo with the 7-inch display (Sirius XM can be added), Bluetooth streaming, and compatibility with Pandora and Stitcher apps.
The Spark is the first Chevy to offer a navigation system that's not built into the car, but runs via an optional $50 smartphone app called BringGo. It compresses the entire North American map database into a 2GB app that runs on the user's smartphone and essentially transmits the display to the vehicle system. New for this year, if you have an iPhone, you can use Siri hands-free through the system (using your smarphone's data connection, again). Altogether, we think this is a great solution, as Chevy says its Millennial buyers wanted in-car navigation, but compared its cost to running Google Maps on their smartphones.
For 2014, the Spark gets new automatic headlamps and daytime running lamps, while the 2LT model gets heated power-adjustable body-color side mirrors with integrated turn-signal lamps.