The new 2016 Chevrolet Spark beats all its competitors on at least one front: It comfortably seats four adults.
The Spark's most direct competitor is the Mitsubishi Mirage.
It's also a five-door minicar, about the size of the Spark, but Chevy beats it handily in style, performance, features, equipment, infotainment, and overall driving experience.
An updated Mirage for 2017 may make up some of the difference, but we haven't driven it yet.
The adorable Fiat 500 may be a strong rival for the restyled Spark, but it simply won't hold four adults for long, if at all.
The latest Mini Cooper has added a five-door hatchback model at last, but it's a far larger and much pricier car than the littlest Chevy, if more fun to drive.
The two-seat Smart ForTwo is also entirely new this year, and at last it's a competent urban runabout and pleasant enough to use--though if you ever carry a third person or lots of stuff, the Spark will serve you where the Smart can't.
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|30 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||33 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||32 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-3||Premium Unleaded I-3||Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Subcompact Car||Compact Cars||Two-Seaters||Minicompact Cars|
|5-Door HB Manual LS||ES Manual||2-Door Coupe Pure||2-Door HB Easy|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2016 Chevrolet Spark vs. 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage||2016 Chevrolet Spark vs. 2016 smart fortwo||2016 Chevrolet Spark vs. 2016 FIAT 500|