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2014 Chevrolet Spark Review

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a good safety score and a low cost of ownership. A poor reliability score and a sparse interior, however, push it toward the bottom third of our subcompact car rankings. 

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Limited standard features
  • Uncomfortable highway ride

New for 2014

  • Continuously variable automatic transmission introduced
  • Spark EV debuted

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark's #19 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Subcompact Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2014 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award. Currently the Chevrolet Spark has a score of 6.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 5.0
Interior: 5.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 9.0
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2014 Chevrolet Spark Overview

Is the 2014 Chevrolet Spark a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark has two things going for it: a low total cost of ownership and a good safety rating for the subcompact car class. Otherwise, it's not a particularly good used car. Its paltry horsepower is measured in double digits, and its ride at highway speeds is unrefined. The all-electric Spark EV, however, has brisk acceleration and a good range for an electric vehicle.

Used 2014 Chevrolet Spark Performance and Interior

An 84-horsepower four-cylinder engine propels the front-wheel-drive Spark. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available in some models. The all-electric Spark EV has an electric drive unit that produces 105 kW and 140 horsepower and does zero to 60 mph in less than eight seconds. It comes with a single-speed transmission. The gas models with CVTs are fine around the town, but you’ll want the manual transmission for better on-ramp acceleration. The Spark’s handling is decent for a subcompact, but its ride could be better at highway speeds.

With the manual transmission, the Spark returns an EPA-estimated 31 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for the segment. With the CVT, the Spark gets 30/37 mpg city/highway. The Spark EV has an all-electric range of 82 miles. It takes around 17 hours to fully charge when plugged into a standard 120-volt outlet. A quick-charging public station can refresh the batteries to 80 percent in 20 minutes.

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The Chevy Spark seats four on cloth seats. Faux-leather seats are available. Despite its size, the Spark can accommodate four adults. The comfortable front seats have a good amount of headroom, and the rear seats are roomier than those in rival hatchbacks. There are two complete LATCH systems in the rear seats for securing child car seats.

Features are minimal with the Spark. A four-speaker stereo system, an auxiliary power outlet, and Chevy’s OnStar telematics system are standard. A USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and Chevy's MyLink infotainment system, which features a 7-inch touch screen, app integration, and voice commands for your phone, are available. MyLink has sharp graphics and a clear layout, and it pairs easily with smartphones.

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Used 2014 Chevrolet Spark Prices

The price of a used 2014 Chevrolet Spark ranges from about $7,800 for the LS trim with manual transmission to around $9,200 for the 2LT trim with a CVT. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 29 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total ownership costs, and the views of the automotive press. To help you make a smart buying decision, we analyzed 29 professional Chevy Spark reviews.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2014 Chevrolet Spark?

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Spark?

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark has an above-average safety score for the class. It earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Spark a 2014 Top Safety Pick. It earned the highest rating, Good, for the moderate overlap front, side impact, and rear crash tests, as well as roof strength. It earned Acceptable, the second-highest rating, for the small overlap front crash test. The Spark has no active safety equipment.

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Should I Consider Another Used Spark?

2014 is the second model year of the Spark’s first generation. You might consider a 2013 Spark to save money, but models with the four-speed automatic transmission are less fuel-efficient than 2014 Sparks with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Additionally, Spark EV models were not made in 2013. The 2015 Spark will cost more but adds OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

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Which Used Chevrolet Spark Is Right for Me?

The Chevrolet Spark comes in three trim levels: LS, 1LT, and 2LT. The all-electric Spark EV comes in the 1LT and 2LT trims. The base Chevrolet Spark LS has cloth seats, a four-speaker stereo, an auxiliary power outlet, and halogen headlamps. The 1LT steps things up with Chevrolet MyLink Radio with a 7-inch color touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and remote keyless entry. The top 2LT trim adds heated front seats, leatherette seating surfaces, and unique front- and rear-end design. The Chevrolet Spark EV is equipped the same as the gas-only models. The Chevrolet Spark 1LT trim is relatively well equipped for both the gas and electric models. It is the best choice unless you want heated, leatherette seating for colder climates.

With the Spark’s below-average reliability, you might consider a certified pre-owned model. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Chevrolet Spark and Other Cars to Consider

The 2014 Chevy Spark is available with a gas engine or an electric motor. The Spark EV was only sold in California and Oregon when new. It might be difficult to find in other parts of the country.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Spark or 2014 Toyota Yaris?

The 2014 Toyota Yaris is a hatchback alternative to the Spark. It’s available as either a two- or four-door model. The Yaris has a more powerful engine. Both cars have sparse interiors. What sets the Yaris apart, though, is its almost perfect reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Spark or 2014 Ford Fiesta?

The 2014 Ford Fiesta is available as a sedan or hatchback. It has a nicer interior than the Spark but about 5 less cubic feet of overall cargo space. The Fiesta also has athletic handling. Neither the Fiesta nor the Spark have good reliability ratings. The Ford’s better performance and nicer interior design tip the scale in its favor.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Spark or 2014 Chevrolet Sonic?

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is a better choice than the Spark. It handles well and has a much more powerful engine. However, the Spark’s base fuel economy is higher. The Sonic in hatchback form has 47.7 cubic feet of overall cargo space compared with the Spark’s 31.2 cubic feet. The final factor in the Sonic’s favor is its better reliability scores.

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