2018 Chevrolet Spark vs. Its Competition

2018 Chevrolet Spark

Very small cars were a trend a few years ago, but cheap gas and more fuel-efficient SUVs have left many of the tiniest cars gasping for sales.

The Fiat 500 is now in its eighth model year, and shows it.

The little Italian three-door hatchback is as stylish as ever, but its awkward driving position and lack of refinement are starting to show, plus it’s really only usable for two adults.

The Mini Cooper, now in three-door and five-door form, is larger than the littlest Chevy, and considerably more chic, but it’s also pricier.

The two-seat Smart ForTwo is one of the few cars on the market smaller than the Chevy Spark, but it has only two seats—against the four usable seats in the Spark.

The closest minicar competitor is the Mitsubishi Mirage, and we have no hesitation in saying the Spark is a better car than the slow, dumpy, primitive Mirage.

But the Spark’s closest competition within Chevy dealers may be the brand’s larger subcompact Sonic hatchback.

It too holds four people, benefits from a recent freshening, and is simpler a bit larger and more substantial against the almost toy-like Spark.

Neither is selling particularly well, so it may be possible to get a Sonic for almost Spark money.

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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G42018 Mitsubishi Mirage
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2018 Mini Cooper2018 MINI Cooper
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2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabriolet, First Drive2018 smart fortwo
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2018 Fiat 5002018 FIAT 500
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Quick Specs
5.2
The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is a better minicar than competitors, but a larger subcompact or compact simply offers more—at a price that’s likely close.
6.0
The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic remains a good choice among subcompacts, though it’s now aging and losing some luster.
4.0
The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most minimal four-seat car you can buy; with small cars lagging in sales, you can do better for little more money.
6.3
The 2018 Mini Cooper is an icon made better by nimble handling and infinite customization.
5.4
The 2018 Smart ForTwo, now sold only as an electric vehicle, remains the easiest car in the U.S. to park on crowded streets—and low battery range will keep it mostly urban anyway.
4.8
The 2018 Fiat 500 packs more punch this year, but it’s still a statement of style over some substance.
MSRP From     
$13,050$15,295$13,395$21,600$23,800$16,245
Gas Mileage     
29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy33 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3ElectricIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarCompact CarsSubcompact CarsMinicompact CarsTwo-SeatersMinicompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door HB Manual LS4-Door Sedan Manual LSES ManualOxford Edition FWDpure coupePop Hatch
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
455424
Passenger Doors     
44N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedanHatchbackHatchbackCoupeHatchback
Transmission     
ManualManualManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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