By on August 30, 2016

2016 Chevrolet Spark LS

2016 Chevrolet Spark LS

1.4-litre I4 (98 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm, 94 lbs-ft @ 4,400 rpm

Five-speed manual transmission w/ front-wheel drive

Fuel Economy (Rated, MPG): 30 city / 41 highway/ 35 combined

Fuel economy (Observed, MPG): 37.3

Base Price: $13,535 (U.S.) / $11,595 (Canada)

As Tested: $13,535 (U.S) / $11,595 (Canada)

All U.S prices include a $875 destination fee. All Canadian prices include $1,600 destination fee. U.S. pricing not directly reflective of test vehicle due to differences in regional packaging.

I could live with this car … under a couple of conditions.

Air conditioning is a must have, and I may have told you about the need for an aftermarket shifter solution.

But GM Canada’s $9,995 2016 Chevrolet Spark LS, which lacks A/C and a tolerable shifter, is nevertheless an acceptable place to spend time. Though it drives with far less verve than the not-sold-in-Freedomland $9,988 2016 Nissan Micra S, the Spark is the more comfortable and refined option.

Up the price with an array of options and the argument for North America’s second Chevrolet Spark falls apart. As a $10,000 car, however, there’s a case to be made.

The Chevrolet Spark is slow, largely featureless, and looks like something you might rent while vacationing in the Seychelles. No surprises there. Nobody expects a city car at this price point to be quick, to be loaded with luxury equipment, or to look like a Model S on upgraded rims.

2016 Chevrolet Spark LS

EXPECTATIONS
Slow? The drop-off in power when shifting from first (3.63:1) to the intractable second (1.86:1) gear isn’t dangerous, but it’s frustrating.

Featureless? There’s a touchscreen that operates with sufficient quickness and hosts the screen for the backup camera, but you’ll crank your own windows, manually unlock doors, reach across to adjust the passenger door mirror, and suffer greatly when windows-down motoring simply isn’t enough to cool your brow. The cargo shelf can’t even stand up on its own and doesn’t lift with the tailgate because GM pinched pennies by eliminating two strings.

Styling? It’s not a bad-looking car on the upmarket 2LT’s 16-inch wheels, with its blunt front end and interesting bodyside surfacing. But this Spark LS, particularly with its 15-inch wheels all covered up, looks like what it is: cheap.

2016 Chevrolet Spark LS interior

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
In those three aspects, then, the Spark largely fulfills expectations. But it shouldn’t be too hard for the Spark, in other ways, to exceed expectations in this budget-conscious sector. After all, the bar is surely set low.

Or is it?

Here in Canada, the Nissan Micra has been a huge success right at this very price point. The Micra is Canada’s 18th-best-selling car, ahead of popular small cars such as the Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, and Nissan’s own Versa Note.

The Micra and Spark are livable cars for different reasons, however. While the Micra feels quick (even if it isn’t), handles sweetly, and is forever engaging on a twisty road, it does feel cheap. Noisy, rough, raucous, buzzy, and often uncomfortable, the Micra is not a downsized Sentra. It’s more like a budget hot hatch without power or aggression.

The new Spark, meanwhile, produces its modest power with a smooth 1.4-liter four-cylinder. There’s little torque to be found, but you won’t mind winding out the 1.4 four-pot to its redline because it’s happy to rev. (It’ll also keep you from having to shift too often.) Vibrations don’t enter the Spark’s cabin, the headliner and shifter don’t buzz, and noise levels are never intrusive.

2016 Chevrolet Spark LS wheels

Remove the obnoxious underhood cacophony and the ensuing in-cabin symptoms from a $10,000 city car and you’re still left with a dreadfully uncomfortable car. Or you would be if the Spark’s seats weren’t comfortable for my lanky frame (they are) and if the ride quality wasn’t competent (it is). There’s enough range of motion in the Spark’s seats and tilting wheel to find a driving position that simultaneously promotes visibility and properly aligns with the pedals. It never ceases to amaze me by how often this isn’t the case in far more expensive cars.

NO EXPECTATIONS
Plus, the little Chevy’s ride quality isn’t merely decent for a cheap car; it’s downright impressive. In an age of rubber band tires, the Spark’s 185/55R15 Kumho Solus tires provide vital isolation. Sure, a 94-inch wheelbase means messy roads that disturb the front axle instantaneously disturb the rear, and thus the whole car. And yes, the Spark doesn’t really do handling — why cope with a corner when you can keel over like a tall ship? Yet the Spark’s third-world price tag accompanies a car that easily handles the third-world roads of coastal Nova Scotia. Never do you find yourself suddenly juking and jiving to avoid a raised manhole cover. It’s almost like the Spark gets a high off of masking the proverbial pavement imperfections in exchange for lacking all manner of grip and stiffness.

There’s also the added benefit of a vehicle introduced for 2016, as compared with a Nissan Micra that debuted in Canada in early 2014, four years after its original launch in other markets. The difference is felt in terms of structural rigidity, interior materials, and feature count. The Spark’s doors thunk like a proper car’s doors. Perceived quality is high. There are automatic headlights on the base model. Audio quality is acceptable. WiFi is available. And, for those who want to stay safe, the Spark has four more airbags than you’ll find in the Micra.

2016 Chevrolet Spark LS interior detail

Undoubtedly, the Nissan Micra is more fun to drive. By a country mile it’s more fun. But if your urban commute doesn’t allow you to have fun, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark is a distinctly more pleasant space to spend time.

Just as American car buyers can’t pay $9,988 for a new Micra, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark does not replicate its Canadian base price of $9,995 south of the border. In fact, the $9,995 Canadian base price is highly misleading. GM Canada’s destination charge, and Nissan’s too, is $1,600, driving the Spark’s actual Canadian MSRP up to $11,595.

Fees included, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark LS is a $13,535 car in the United States. Worth it? This much we know: after adding the continuously variable automatic transmission and moving up a trim level, the Spark’s $16,660 U.S. market price tag positions the car in another spectrum, one in which it’s not competitive.

Yet at the equivalent of USD $9,000, GM Canada’s 2016 Spark is a car which I could almost consider living with.

[Images: © 2016 Timothy Cain/The Truth About Cars]

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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68 Comments on “In Defense Of: A Review Of The 2016 Chevrolet Spark LS...”


  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    after adding the continuously variable automatic transmission and moving up a trim level, the Spark’s $16,660 U.S. market price tag positions the car in another spectrum…

    Go haggle on the price of a Cruze for that money.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      If you can haggle a new Cruze to $16k, you should be able to haggle a new Spark to $12k or less.

    • 0 avatar
      philadlj

      The sedan, maybe, but not the hatch.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      “after adding the continuously variable automatic transmission and moving up a trim level, the Spark’s $16,660 U.S. market price tag positions the car in another spectrum…”

      About a $1000 more than I payed for my 2013 Volt in March of this year which has every option you could put on it including the “cadillac” paint. I still get a smile on my face every time I get behind the wheel of that where with this I’m sure by now I’d be ready to slit both my wrists!………LOL Honestly considering how cheap gas is in the US I’ll never understand cars like this. Take that $17K or $13.5K and buy something that even though it’s “used”, is still better by country mile than this could ever be “new”.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Yup, this is the time to stock up on fuel efficient vehicles (although I would go hybrid).

      • 0 avatar
        dash riprock

        Be interested to know more about your Volt experience. Particularity when you drain the EV and are on the ice.

        The wife is on me to replace my winter beater with a new car, thinking Volt, but up here in Canada they seem very rare and have not had the opportunity to hear from an actual owner.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          I have no first hand experience with zee Volt unfortunately, but I also find it intriguing as a future beater. I think the safer bet will be used products offering the Toyota HSD or Ford’s hybrid system. My tutor/her family has a Civic Hybrid with 80K or so on the clock which has not experienced an issue she claimed, but the Honda hybrid is not common where I live for whatever reason. I can also tell you Geneva and Zurich (1.49 CHF/L) are filled with Toyota and Lexus hybrid products (albeit it nothing older than I would say MY10).

          My idea would be to find a mainstream product with a good reputation, which could be DIY’d as much as possible, and which offed a decent support network along with reasonable battery replacement costs. In my mind, this excludes such models as Leaf, Volt, and Model S/X. However if you tell me your local Canadian Chevy dealer sells a fair amount of Volts and can guarantee serviceability, it might add a pip but I’m still leaning toward decade old proven hybrid technologies.

          • 0 avatar
            dash riprock

            What has piqued my interest in the volt is my ownership experience with a 3 year old Prius. Having the ability to do most of my/wife’s trips ev only is enticing to me for several reasons, the most is the feeling of driving electric.

            Do not think they are pumping out a bunch of volts from our local chevy dealership, but then again how many parts other than the battery pack are unique to the volt?

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            The doors, seats, trim, and probably some sub systems (brakes/master cylinder etc) are probably generic GM but if I had to guess I’d say much of the car is specific to the Volt. I say do some research and see what a replacement battery pack will cost today, and hope as time goes on the cost comes down. I’d also research how cold weather affects the Volt battery pack, I seem to recall the Leaf having some issues with this.

          • 0 avatar
            dash riprock

            Where we live, Vancouver Island, cold weather is not a big issue. Think Seattle with more Sun. Wife’s commute is about 20km each way so even on the coldest day a 30 mile range should be fine.

            Looked today at used volts on auto trader. Only 2 and they were from 2012. $21,000 and 24,000. Not liking that much

        • 0 avatar
          Carlson Fan

          I don’t run the ICE a whole lot. Since I’ve got the car I’ve burned about 14 gallons of gas over 6800 miles. Right now I’m getting almost 50 miles out of a charge and I often do 60 -70 mile days without burning any gas. That is multiple trips during the day which means the car has a chance to spend anywhere from 3-6 hours charging at home.

          If I know I’m going to burn through the battery I use the “hold” mode and run the ICE on the highway saving the battery. The ICE seems to be most efficient on the highway & the battery in stop and go driving. It gives me around 41-43 MPG while running strictly on gas.

          Having gotten the car in March I can tell you temperature has a huge effect on range. It will be a rude awakening this fall/early winter when my electric range goes from almost 50 miles to a little over 30. Running the AC in the summer doesn’t have a huge effect on range but using the heat/electric seats in the winter sure does. Once I’ve owned the car for a full year I’ll have a better feel for just how efficient it is. It definitely works better in a warm versus cold climate.

          I didn’t buy it to save money because with gas at a little over $2 a gallon in MN it isn’t saving me enough to make a difference. I bought it because I like the technology, but mostly I love how it drives. Plus I don’t need a BOF 4WD truck to run my kids to activities or visit the grocery store. Enjoying letting them sit & only using when they’re capability is needed.

          • 0 avatar
            dash riprock

            Thanks for the reply. It is the driving aspect that I am finding attractive too. Did not know about the “hold” mode allowing ice only operation. That makes it a little more attractive as well due to our geography

          • 0 avatar
            Carlson Fan

            The “hold” feature is something they introduced on 2013 and definitely works to help improve the cars efficiency.

            My biggest gripe with the car is the capacitive switches. Often I’ll be adjusting something and my wrist or part of my hand will touch the dash. Can’t tell you how may times I’ve accidentally turned on the drivers heated seat while the AC is on this summer. It also irritates me that the car will not display MPG when running on gas. You have to calculate that manually.

    • 0 avatar

      Apparently with cheap gas tiny cars now have big markdowns. Here is an LS manual but with AC under 8k brand new.
      http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=06040&endYear=2017&modelCode1=SPARK&sortBy=derivedpriceASC&showcaseOwnerId=583729&makeCode1=CHEV&startYear=2016&firstRecord=0&searchRadius=0&showcaseListingId=435811920&mmt=%5BCHEV%5BSPARK%5B%5D%5D%5B%5D%5D&listingId=420814014&Log=0

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    So very close but not quite? With just a few changes this might be a viable car as an urban runabout, local grocery getter or 3rd car for school.

    Getting a manual shifter and gearing right should not be a problem. GM/Chev/Daewoo have had a century to do this.

    Having to manually open and close door locks and windows, is in my opinion just fine for this type of vehicle. In fact I would prefer it, rather than having to worry about cheap automatic switchgear failing.

    However having to manually adjust the passenger side mirror is a fail. How much would it cost to add a manual toggle switch to the dash? Or have they forgotten how to do this?

    As for A/C even in this year’s record setting heatwave in Southern Ontario there have been maybe 20 working days when it was ‘necessary’ for the commute. If it were an evening/weekend errand mobile or used for school (fall/winter/spring) then A/C although nice, would still not be an absolute necessity.

    And I fully agree, once optioned above $14k it is time to move up to a higher priced vehicle.

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      I only remember mechanical remote mirrors on luxury cars of the seventies. I’d guess it would be rather expensive to replicate compared to the millions of inexpensive electric mirrors fitted to just about every car on the market.

      I suspect the tall gearing is about fuel economy testing. In the US, shift points for fuel consumption testing were arbitrarily chosen over forty years ago. Most US manuals still had three forward gears, so the shift points are far too high to extract the best mileage from a 5 or 6 speed car, unless you choose first three gears to replicate those of a 1973 Nova with three on the tree accompanied by a couple of intergalactic overdrives or equip the car with ‘skip-shift’ to force it into 4th gear when you shift out of 1st at the mandated 10 mph.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        Just to clarify, I mean manual remote mirrors where the passenger side mirror is within reach of the driver. I think it was my friend’s parents’ 1975 Imperial where I saw this feature. The joystick for the passenger mirror was on the dash just to the right of the HVAC controls.

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        My first car with dual power mirrors was an ’87 Tempo.

        My ’85 EXP prior to that didn’t even have a passenger side wing mirror.

    • 0 avatar
      cgjeep

      Commuted with an old Integra for a while. when the AC compressor went I didn’t pay to fix it. In the DC area there are more than 20 days you’ll miss it but I survived just fine. However when I really missed it was when it was raining. Windows would fog up like you wouldn’t believe and without AC no defogging capability. Some cars are able to have the windows down when it rains. A 91 Integra wasn’t one of them.

      • 0 avatar
        redmondjp

        Thank you! 75% of the time, you will be using the AC to dehumidify the air to defrost the windows.

        So this bit about “it’s Seattle so I don’t need AC” is just bunk. When it’s 45 degrees outside, 95% humidity, and the interior of all of the windows is completely covered with condensation, YOU NEED AC!

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    Nearly every time I peer inside a passing Spark I see a smug, bolt upright, buzz-cut geezer driving. Skinflint iconoclast.

    My kind of people!

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    “GM Canada’s destination charge, and Nissan’s too, is $1,600…”

    Geez, what gives? It’s $875 for the same car in the U.S.

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      I’m guessing what gives is the desire to advertise a sub-10K starting price. OTOH, shipping in the US may be cheaper due to lower energy taxes. I’d suggest that geography might play a role too, but most Canadians live near the US border which should make up for the outliers whose cars need to be shipped thousands of miles.

    • 0 avatar
      theonlydt

      We get hosed. Pure and simple.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Same as it ever was.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        I don’t think you’re getting hosed in this case, although you may be getting patronized. Your Spark LS is $9,995 + $1,600 shipping, while ours is $13,000 + $875 shipping. Ours has A/C standard, but costs about $3K US more than yours when you include shipping. That’s some pricey air conditioning.

        • 0 avatar
          theonlydt

          Todd – Destination charge on all Chevrolets is $1600-$1695. It’s not like it’s especially high for the Spark.

          Hell, we MAKE the Honda Civic in our country, yet pay almost twice the delivery fee as the US.

          I’d also suggest with the Spark there are a few other things at play with the pricing, including needing to match the Nissan Micra which is Canada only.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      It’s a margin grab, pure & simple, but it has it’s roots in foreign exchange.

      FPDI originally was supposed to include compensation for fluctuations in FXC, but the OEMs got greedy and, when the loonie approached parity they kept prices and FPDI high until people screamed and the government took notice.

      So they cut MSRP a little but left FPDI high because of those sweet, sweet margin dollars. What they should have done is included an FXC adjustment in FPDI, but that would mean taking awkward questions about, eg, the Honda Civic, Ford Edge, Toyota RAV/4 and such: those are made in Canada—why aren’t they cheaper to FPDI? Much better to just keep FPDI high, from the OEM’s point of view. After all, Canadians will just pay it.

      And then the loonie takes a dive, and suddenly they have no tools in their toolkit to deal with it, so up goes MSRP again and we’re still stuck with high FPDI.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    Looks less like a Pikachu, more like a Pug. It’s an improvement.

    Those wheels are The Worst.

  • avatar
    theonlydt

    Funnily enough I preferred the look of the last version. Yes it was cutesy “startled”, but it had more about it. In denim blue with the blue interior it was *almost* funky.

    They seriously penny-pinched both strings, not just one?

    So, this is my production and logistics chain question:
    Today there are 4 models of the Spark, including the “stripped” version.

    How much could GM save if they created greater standardisation on their production line – every Spark receives power locks, air conditioning and power windows. You probably remove two suppliers (manual locks, manual windows), you remove the need to manage that inventory, or at least the arrival time on that line. Production staff are creating a more standard product, likely increase production speeds and decreasing quality variances. Power windows, aircon etc are ordered in greater quantities, slightly reducing price. The service/parts department is simplified, they never need to hold inventory for that stripper model, reducing warehousing, complexity and simplifying the distribution model. Could you bring down the entry level price of a Spark equipped how people want to buy it far enough to look good compared to the stripped Micras?

    I’m in New Brunswick and I won’t buy a car without air conditioning. It’s amazing how many thousands of dollars it costs to add air-con to both the Micra and Spark (for example you can add aircon to the base Micra if you choose automatic, but for manual you have to go up a trim level).

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    “Spark LS, particularly with its 14-inch wheels all covered up”
    “the Spark’s 185/55R15 Kumho Solus tires”

    What size are those base steelies?

    I actually like this critter. Curb weight is a bit hefty at ~2300 pounds (it actually weighs less than the old one) but otherwise I think it looks nice inside and out. Only thing I’d do on the (USDM) base model is swap in the hexagon-pattern dash trim to match the seats.

    How does the rear seat fold? I read something that implied an arrangement other than usual flop-forward seatback.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Also, I meant to say – those gauges are terrible, and look like they were modeled after those on a 1993 Caravan.

    Pointy triangle needles, really?

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    It’s right about now when I trot in with my Versa S sedan shilling, and I have an interesting twist on that front. Curiosity got the best of me so I actually reached out to one of these dealers that has a Versa listed for a rock bottom price ($7600 in my case). After a bit of back and forth to get a true out the door price, the total rang up to…. $11,220. Now the guy says that they don’t include destination charges in their ad prices (which is BS), but even then, with sales tax and several hundred in doc fees, I still come up over $1000 short. I’ll keep all my fellow cheapskates updates as things progress.

    Not the first time I’ve dealt with shiesty Nissan dealers, actually. The only time I’ve had a salesman try to hang on to my car’s keys after a trade in appraisal was at a Nissan dealership.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Not coincidentally, I worked at a Nissan dealership in the ’80s and they hid peoples’ car keys too.

      Not much has changed, I guess.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        Did the mothership know or condone this tactic? I can’t imagine how that would ever work. All it did for me was convince me to never set foot in their dealership ever again. Perhaps you can strongarm some sweet little old lady with that, but I was seconds away from getting seriously bent out of shape with those guys.

        • 0 avatar
          bumpy ii

          Someone at the mothership probably knows about it, but it’s next to impossible to revoke a franchise in the US for anything short of massive criminal fraud.

          A while back, the owner of one Nissan franchise got into some hot water for violating federal housing laws in some property he owned, getting into shouting matches with customers and kicking them off the lot, slinging around racial slurs, etc. Nissan corporate eventually managed to “convince” him to sell the dealership.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    I like this car, but for two issues:

    * It’s a lot uglier than it’s predecessor. The old Spark had a cute look to it; sort of a chibi version of the G1 Fit. This one is econocar-drab.
    * The stick-shift sucks. Everyone is right: this is one car that really is better with an automatic.

    Other than that, it’s a really good car. The problem is that the Sonic is also a really good car and isn’t much more expensive—although GM bland’ized the Sonic, too.

    ETA: What’s also sad is that they got rid of that spectacular shade of pink that the old car came in.

    • 0 avatar
      IAhawkeye

      Really??? I think the new look is sort of almost handsome. Still sorta dorky like the rest of the class from some angles but I find the new Chevy faces much more tolerable then the single brace across the mouth look of old. But styling is subjective.

      As for the colors that is sad.. I wouldn’t ever buy the pink but variety on the road is always awesome no matter what.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

    I like it. Its small and cheap like the Mirage, but seems more substantial. It certainly looks better, and I’ll take the 4 pot over a 3 cylinder any day.

    • 0 avatar
      spookiness

      I think it looks decent sans the stretched headlights of the outgoing model. Of the teeny class of autos, this makes far more sense for most people than a Smart or iQ.

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        This. The Smart is a “tweener” between the A and B segment. The Sonic is the B segment offering from GM.

        A-Segment: Spark
        B-Segment: Sonic
        C-Segment: Cruze
        D-Segment: Malibu
        E-Segment: Impala, Caprice PPV, SS sedean

        Toyota was the only other US maker that comes to mind with the full line up

        A-Segment: iQ (defunct)
        B-Segment: Yaris, iA, xD (defunct)
        C-Segment: iM, Corolla
        D-Segment: Camry
        E-Segment: Avalon

        Honda:

        A-Segment: USA – nothing
        B-Segment: Fit
        C-Segment: Civic
        D-Segment: Accord
        E-Segment: Acura RLX

        Ford:

        A-Segment: USA – nothing
        B-Segment: Fiesta
        C-Segment: Focus
        D-Segment: Fusion
        E-Segment: Taurus

        FCA:

        A-Segment: Fiat 500 2-door
        B-Segment: Fiat 500 4-door
        C-Segment: Dart (almost defunct)
        D-Segment: 200 sedan (almost defunct)
        E-Segment: 300 sedan, Charger

        Nissan:

        A-Segment: USA – nothing
        B-Segment: Versa
        C-Segment: Sentra (yes, they still sell the Sentra)
        D-Segment: Altima
        E-Segment: Maxima (that’s a stretch, but that is their “large car” offering – it really is more of a tweener D-segment)

  • avatar
    TMA1

    Still manages to have a better gauge cluster than the ATS.

  • avatar
    Sigivald

    “It’s almost like the Spark gets a high off of masking the proverbial pavement imperfections in exchange for lacking all manner of grip and stiffness.”

    Is that by normal human standards, or by gearhead/car writer standards where everything that isn’t an M3 can’t take a turn?

    (I kid a little; I’m sure it’s not stiff at all.

    I’m also sure it probably takes a turn better than a fair number of “sporting” cars from the year I was born … and I was born after the Oil Crisis.

    Body roll is not fatal and doesn’t even cause you to be unable to take a turn at Faster Than Is Wise On An Open Road speeds.

    Which is more than one can ask from a bottom-price city car.)

  • avatar
    claytori

    I visited a Hyundai dealer two years ago to check out the Accent, as they were having a factory sale with a very big discount. The salesman was more than great, pointing out that AC could be added by dealer install to the base model for much less $ than the increment to the higher trim model. I wonder if this would apply to the Spark? BTW, I didn’t take the deal.

  • avatar
    Sjalabais

    I really appreciate that a test of such a lowly car appears here, and that you find something positive with it. How will used car values hold up on these? Do kids these days still buy cheap econocars or do they go directly for Miatas, all of them? :)

    It’s interesting to note that Europe’s cheapest car, the 6950€ Lada Kalina starts at 10k CAD, too, taxes included:
    http://lada.de/pricelists/PL_KALINA_06-2016.pdf
    Yet I am confident that Lada is one of the few companies that GM manages to beat. And I’d rather have the Nissan anyway, which, by coincidence?, is the owner of Lada. They sell the Kalina as a Datsun in other countries.

  • avatar
    legacygt

    I find the Spark and Sonic to be among the most interesting cars in their segments. Neither is perfect and the Spark certainly is budget but it is what it is. I have been to several car shows where Sparks and Sonics draw crowds while the Chevy SS sits alone getting no attention.

  • avatar
    Speed3

    Its shorter than a Fiat 500 and has 4 doors. For some folks who live in urban areas with tight parking this is a great size. There aren’t too many competitors either now that the iQ is gone and the mini is bloated.

    I’d take a Spark over a Smart or Fiat 500.

  • avatar
    SoCalMikester

    in 1998 i paid about $14k OTD for a civic CX hatch, A/c dealer added, made in canada- alliston ontario.no power anything, no stereo.

    in 2006 i paid about $15k OTD for a scion xA with AC, PW, power locks, 4 doors, stereo w/mp3, rear wiper/washer made in japan

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