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2017 Chevrolet Spark vs. Its Competition

2017 Chevrolet Spark

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark five-door hatchback beats any other minicar in seating capacity, with four adults able to ride comfortably if not spaciously.

The Mitsubishi Mirage is its closest direct competitor; it's been updated this year, and a sedan version added as well, but Chevy still has the edge on design, features, performance, and safety options.

The Fiat 500 is now six years old, but it remains distinctive, cheerful, and appealing—for two occupants only, with the rear seats pretty much useless for adults.

There's now a five-door hatchback Mini Cooper along with the latest three-door, but it's quite a bit larger and much pricier than the littlest Chevy.

It does win fun-to-drive points, however, as pretty much all Minis have.

Finally, the two-seat Smart Fortwo remains a specialized vehicle for a specific use That would be fitting in the smallest parking spaces known to man.

It's now, thankfully, pleasant enough to use and a competent urban runabout--but if you ever carry a third person or even lots of stuff, the Spark will serve you and the Smart just can't.

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Quick Specs
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The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is one of the best tiny cars you can buy in America, with its laudable array of active-safety systems.
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The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage likely won't delight you or impress your passengers all that much, but it's a lot of efficient transportation for the dollar.
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The 2017 Mini Cooper is still one of the most fun cars to drive on the road today.
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The 2017 Fiat 500, in a simplified lineup of models, is still stylish and distinctive after six years; pick the Abarth for driver excitement or the 500c Cabrio for inexpensive soft-top fun
MSRP From    
$13,000$12,995$20,950$14,995$13,270
Gas Mileage    
30 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy33 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy34 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-3
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarSubcompact CarsMinicompact CarsMinicompact CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name    
5-Door HB Manual LSES ManualCooper FWDPop Hatch2-Door Coupe Pure
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45542
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
HatchbackSedanHatchbackHatchbackCoupe
Transmission    
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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