Colorful efficiency makes the Spark a great commuter


2014 Chevrolet Spark 1LS CVT
• Subcompact hatchback, FWD
• 1.2L ECOTEC 4-Cylinder Engine
• Continuously Variable Transmission
• OnStar
• 2014 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
• Air Conditioning
• 5 Year/100k Powertrain Limited Warranty & Roadside Assistance. 3 Year/36k Bumper to Bumper. 2 Year/24k Scheduled Maintenance.
• 34 mpg (30/39 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $14.8k, pictured, with dealer-installed options

As always, check with dealer for details

Small can be mighty when you build it right, and the 2014 Chevrolet Spark (which replaced the Chevrolet Aveo in the Chevy lineup), is a fun to drive, fun to ride option for a commuter or college car. Plus it has a cooler name that sounds like it could be a Transformer.*

I like smaller cars, they’re efficient, friendly and economically endearing, even if they don’t transform into a robot.  The Spark 1LS comes in at what might be called the ‘basic’ end of the trim levels. 

I put ‘basic’ in the ‘quotes’ because I wanted to emphasize that basic today is worlds different than it was twenty or thirty years ago.

For instance, the Spark comes with power windows, air conditioning and even OnStar.  The stereo is a decent four-speaker system with an auxilliary jack.

What’s fun about them, though, is the fact that smaller cars tend to have more playful design.  The Lemonade colored model I drove featured an unusual color, and then, on the inside, had door and dash accents to match. 

Trays and bottle holders in the doors and dash give plenty of room for all of the little bits you gather in your car, all in a glossy style.  The Lemonade was unusual enough, but there’s some cool colors like red and lime that are very striking in the interior.

I liked the gauge panel attached to the steering wheel, with a crisp digital display next to a chromed speedometer.  It gave the inside a bit of a retro-futuristic look. The cloth seats are decorated in swirlinng stripes of color, giving the inside a festive touch.

Hatchbacks like the Spark are versatile little beasts, too.  The cabin is deceptively roomy and open.  With the barest minimum of center console, the cabin is cavernous and can even fit a larger person like myself (I’m 6’10”).  I wouldn’t want to sit behind myself, but there’s seating for five people, or the rear seats can fold down and offer 31.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

In making the Spark an efficient and compact car, there’s plenty of unusual tricks. I liked the ‘hidden’ rear door handles that are placed in the black trim by the window, the lifting cover over the rear cargo area and the aforementioned trays.

However, folks’ number one concern with small cars is safety.  The 2014 Chevrolet Spark helps to put your mind at ease with a 2014 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.  With four and five star ratings all around, the “Spark definitely had a superior crash test rating,” said Ben Husband, sales associate at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet.

With impressive mileage, rating at up to 39 mpg on the highway, the Spark makes a great car for getting around town (or even between towns). Catch a Spark now at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet, 2595 Highway 6&50, and get to know this versatile, fun and affordable car.

*Not guaranteed to transform.

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