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2015 Chevrolet Spark Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark has a solid safety score, but a below-average reliability rating and passable performance sink this small car to the bottom half of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Solid safety scores
  • Impressive fuel economy

 

  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Few standard features
  • Clumsy handling
  • Subpar ride quality on the highway

 

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2015 Chevrolet Spark Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Spark a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark is a so-so used subcompact car. It has an unimpressive reliability rating and dull driving dynamics, and it offers little in the way of standard features. This class usually has the least-expensive cars you can buy, and the Spark fits that mold with low average list prices and reasonable ownership costs. On the plus side, it has good safety scores and good fuel economy.

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How Much Is the 2015 Chevrolet Spark?

Based on roughly 300 listings for the 2015 Chevrolet Spark on our site, the average price is around $9,800. Prices range from about $7,600 to about $12,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Chevrolet Spark Cost to Own?

The 2015 Spark tends to be more affordable than many of its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $21,600 over five years for these expenses. The 2015 Nissan Versa has similarly low five-year costs for the class, while the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic costs about $3,700 more to operate than the Spark.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Spark?

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark is significantly different from a used 2015 Spark because of a full redesign for the 2016 model year. A new Spark comes standard with a rearview camera, a touch-screen infotainment system and smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Spark receives a front-end styling refresh for 2019, distinguishing it from earlier models in the current generation. It also has several available driver assistance features, including newly optional low-speed automatic emergency braking.

Prices for the 2019 Spark range from about $13,200 to about $17,000, while you might pay anywhere from about $7,600 to about $12,000 for a 2015 model. You'll have to decide if all these improvements and the appeal of a new car is worth it.

If a Spark EV is what you're after, your only choice will be a used model. Production for that model only spanned the 2014 through 2016 model years.

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There are no new subcompact cars you can buy for what you might pay for a used 2015 Chevy Spark.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Spark Is Best?

Chevrolet introduced the Spark for the 2013 model year, and there were a few notable changes over its first couple of years. For 2014, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) replaced the previously available four-speed automatic, and the Chevrolet Spark EV made its debut. A Wi-Fi hot spot became standard for 2015. Older Spark models likely cost less than a 2015, and they're mostly similar aside from the above changes.

You may also want to consider the fully redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Spark. The engine is more powerful, though it still comes in at under 100 horsepower. The 2016 comes standard with the MyLink touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a rearview camera. That same year, driver assistance features like rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning became available in the Spark for the first time.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Spark?

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Chevrolet Spark Recalls

At the time of this writing, six recalls apply to the 2015 Chevrolet Spark. Two recalls cover frontal airbags and seat-belt pretensioners that may not deploy in the event of a crash. Three other recalls address the lack of a warning chime when the seatbelt isn't buckled or when the key is left in the ignition. Corrosion on a secondary hood latch may cause the hood to open while driving. Be sure that a Chevrolet dealer has addressed these issues before buying a used 2015 Spark.

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Which Used Chevrolet Spark Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Spark hatchback comes in three trim levels: LS, 1LT, and 2LT. The bare-bones Chevrolet Spark LS is one to skip. It comes up short on features, with only a stereo and a Wi-Fi hot spot – not even cruise control is standard.

For a bit more money, upgrade to the Spark 1LT. This model adds a touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, keyless entry, and cruise control. You'll have to buy a top-of-the-line 2LT model if you want synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats.

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Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet Spark Warranty

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For 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.

According to our research, Chevrolet's CPO program is better than what you get from many rival automakers, including Nissan and Fiat.

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How Safe Is the Spark?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Spark an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Spark a 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick, also giving it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test.

There are no advanced safety features available in the 2015 Spark.

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2015 Chevrolet Spark Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Spark or 2015 Chevrolet Sonic?

The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is a much better subcompact car than the Spark. The Sonic boasts great safety and reliability ratings, and its performance is more engaging than many of its classmates. A peppy turbocharged engine option and composed handling make this car feel more like Sonic the Hedgehog than Sonic the Chevy. While the Spark only seats four, the Sonic can hold five, and it has a nicer interior than the Spark. The only leg up that the Spark has over the Sonic its price; on average, you'll save roughly $1,000 with the Spark, and its five-year operating expenses are about $3,700 less than the Sonic's, on average. Still, we recommend the Sonic over the Spark.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Spark or 2015 Nissan Versa?

Choosing between the Chevy Spark and the 2015 Nissan Versa is a toss-up. Both have similarly affordable list prices and low ownership costs for the class. While the Spark has a below-average reliability rating but a good safety score, the Versa has poor crash-test results and above-average reliability. Neither car wows with performance, and both come up short on standard features, but each offers impressive cabin space for the class.

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2015 Spark Performance

How Does the 2015 Chevrolet Spark Drive?

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark comes standard with an 84-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available.

The car is fine on local jaunts or for quick city driving. Though the engine is small, it offers decent acceleration for highway driving when paired with the engaging manual transmission. The Spark has apparent body roll through corners, and the ride gets rough at highway speeds.

Does the 2015 Chevrolet Spark Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Spark gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with its manual transmission. Those figures are pretty good for the class. With the CVT, the Spark gets 30/37 mpg city/highway.

2015 Chevrolet Spark Alternative Fuels and Charging

The 2015 Spark EV has an electric motor that produces the equivalent of 140 horsepower. This model has an all-electric driving range of 82 miles. It gets an estimated 119 MPGe combined city/highway, which is one of the highest ratings among electric vehicles from the 2015 model year.

The Spark EV reaches a full charge in about 20 hours using a standard 120-volt household outlet. This time is reduced to under 7 hours with an upgraded 240-volt charger.

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2015 Spark Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Spark Seat?

The Chevy Spark hatchback holds four people. Cloth seats are standard; synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats are available. The Spark has a surprising amount of room for a subcompact car, and adults should have sufficient room in the back seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Chevrolet Spark?

The Chevy Spark has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections. Stiff seat upholstery makes it difficult to reach the lower anchors and attach the car-seat straps. Additionally, the tether anchors are located in a spot on the cargo floor that's tough to reach (near the lip of the trunk).

2015 Chevrolet Spark Features

Standard features in the 2015 Chevy Spark include air conditioning, a four-speaker stereo, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include cruise control, keyless entry, and the MyLink infotainment system with a seven-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a USB port. The MyLink interface is user-friendly, with large and clear graphics.

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2015 Chevrolet Spark Dimensions

Chevrolet Spark Cargo Space

The five-door 2015 Chevrolet Spark has 11.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row, and 31.2 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded.

The Spark EV has 9.6 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 23.4 cubic feet of space with them folded.

2015 Spark Length and Weight

The 2015 Spark is 12.1 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 2,269 to 2,368 pounds, depending on the transmission it comes with.

The Spark EV is 12.2 feet long, with a curb weight of 2,866 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Chevrolet Spark Built?

General Motors built the 2015 Chevrolet Spark in South Korea.

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