Small car, big impression
Good things do indeed come in small packages, as evidenced by the intelligently engineered city car known as the Chevrolet Spark that’s available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. For 2014, this compact, front-wheel drive ride offers a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) option, improved fuel efficiency, additional features, and a fully electric Spark EV variant boasting an 82-mile range.
MSRPs Starting at Just $12,170
As Edmunds.com put it, “Based on pricing and practicality, the four-door Chevrolet Spark is one of the best subcompact cars available for 2014.” That’s generous praise, and certainly well-earned by this four-passenger vehicle that stickers for a tick over $12,000 and also happens to be the winner of Kelley Blue Book’s “2014 5-year Cost to Own Award.” This Chevy is as affordable to drive as it is to buy.
The 2014 Spark offers a choice of trims, starting with the gasoline-powered LS, which is nicely equipped with 10 airbags; a four-speaker stereo; automatic headlamps; OnStar, including a complimentary six-month Directions and Connections subscription; 15-inch alloy wheels; power windows; and a two-year/24,000-mile factory-scheduled free maintenance plan.
For some extra amenities, check out the Spark 1LT, offered in gasoline and electric (EV) versions and home to the seven-inch touch-screen MyLink® hands-free infotainment system, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Service, steering wheel Bluetooth controls, power mirrors, a USB port and more. An available 2LT model contributes leatherette upholstery, sportier exterior styling, chrome exterior accents, foglamps and heated front seats. Smartphone users can enjoy the BringGo™ navigation app that integrates with the Chevrolet MyLink® system, and iPhone users will appreciate the benefits of Siri Eyes Free voice-recognition software.
Two Paths to Efficiency
As was the case last year, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark offers a 16-valve 1.2-liter ECOTEC®four-cylinder engine that features variable valve timing technology. Output of 84 hp and 83 lb/ft of torque remains unchanged; with the new Continuously Variable Transmission, the four-cylinder returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway (an increase over the previous automatic transmission). Drivers who stick with the standard 5-speed manual transmission gearbox can expect to see an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.
In keeping with the efficiency theme, engineers also developed the all-new 2014 Spark EV plug-in model, which is capable of traveling up to 82 miles between charges. Replacing the four-banger under the hood is 140-hp electric motor joined by a 120 kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack and regenerative brakes. The car can be recharged in less than 17 hours using a 120-volt household outlet, or in fewer than seven hours when plugged into a 240-volt charging station. Another option is the SAE Combo Fast Charging System, which gets the Spark EV to 80-percent charge in just 20 minutes.
For more details about the 2014 Chevrolet Spark, and to test one out for yourself, stop in today. www.jackmaxton.com