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7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2015 Chevrolet Spark Review

Double-digit horsepower helps the 2015 Chevrolet Spark’s fuel economy, but not its lackluster get-up-and-go. This midpack subcompact car has an interior filled with hard-touch plastics and a small engine for the class. However, it does have an above-average safety score for the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Good handling
  • Strong fuel economy

 

  • Noisy highway ride
  • Weak engine

 

2015 Chevrolet Spark Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Spark a Good Used Car?

The four-door hatchback 2015 Chevrolet Spark is a good value, but it comes with trade-offs. You can get great fuel economy, but this isn’t a car made for long highway trips. You’ll also find the interior handles either a full complement of passengers or lots of cargo for its size – not both. There’s a good deal to like, but there are better options in the subcompact car class.

Used 2015 Chevrolet Spark Performance and Interior

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark has a standard 84-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission is available. The car is fine on local jaunts. Though the engine is small, it offers decent acceleration for highway driving when paired with the manual transmission. The Spark shows body roll through corners, and the ride gets rough at highway speeds.

The Spark has an EPA rating of 31 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission and 30/37 mpg city/highway with the CVT.

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There are four cloth seats in the Spark. Leatherette seats and heated front seats are available. The Spark has a good amount of room and can comfortably seat four adults. There are complete LATCH child-seat systems on the two rear seats.

Befitting its low cost, interior features are few. They include a four-speaker stereo system with an auxiliary jack, as well as OnStar with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

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Used 2015 Chevrolet Spark Prices

The price of a used 2015 Chevy Spark ranges from about $8,000 for the LS trim with a five-speed manual transmission to around $10,600 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 own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 29 professional reviews for this 2015 Chevrolet Spark overview to help you make a buying decision.

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 2015 Chevrolet Spark?

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

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How Safe Is the Spark?

The 2015 Chevy Spark earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests and five in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Spark a Top Safety Pick. It earned the highest rating of Good in all but one crash test – the small overlap front crash test. In this evaluation, the Spark earned a rating of Acceptable.  

The Spark comes standard with hill start assist, but there are no active safety features.

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Should I Consider Another Used Spark?

The Chevrolet Spark was introduced as a 2013 model. The 2014 Spark saw the introduction of the continuously variable automatic transmission and the first full model year of enhanced connectivity, including access to Siri Eyes Free voice recognition (for customers with compatible iPhones), BringGo in-dash navigation, and TuneIn global radio. You could save money with a 2014 model without sacrificing much in the way of standard features.

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Which Used Chevrolet Spark Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark comes in three trims: LS, 1LT, and 2LT. The base LS has air conditioning, a four-speaker stereo system, an auxiliary jack, OnStar, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The 1LT adds a six-speaker stereo system, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth for phones, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and Chevrolet’s MyLink stereo with a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen. Among the 2LT features are a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leatherette seats, and heated front seats.

With its below-average predicted reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned Spark. 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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2015 Chevrolet Spark and Other Cars to Consider

The Spark was Chevrolet’s first micro-car (sometimes called a city car) for the United States. It was also sold in limited numbers as an electric vehicle in California and Oregon. You may find used Spark EV models during your search, but you’re more likely to find the gas-only Spark.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Spark or 2015 Ford Fiesta?

The 2015 Ford Fiesta, with a standard 120-horsepower four-cylinder engine, is a much sportier car than the Spark. (An even more potent 197-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available.) The Fiesta also has more agile handling than the Spark. The Ford does have a lower predicted reliability than the Chevy, but it is the more engaging car to drive. Overall, the Fiesta is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Spark or 2015 Kia Rio?

The 2015 Kia Rio has a 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The Spark uses less fuel around town, but the Rio’s highway fuel economy is 2 mpg lower than the Spark’s. The Kia is more comfortable for long trips, and it has much better acceleration overall than the Spark. The Kia has a quiet ride and a nicer interior than the Chevrolet, which makes it a better choice.

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

The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is available as a four-door hatchback or sedan. The four-door Spark hatchback gets better fuel economy, but the Sonic does better by most other measures. It has an almost-perfect safety score, a much more powerful 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine, and agile handling. The Sonic also has better predicted reliability and more cargo space, which makes it the better choice.

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