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2021 Chevrolet Spark Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG, and Performance

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist July 31, 2020 at 10:23 AM
Chevrolet Spark is a popular subcompact car that is almost known to every second American out there, it's so popular you can't simply deny! It's affordable, but not cheap like other affordable vehicles. It is easy to maneuver down the busy town streets partly due to the influence of hectic traffic in its origin country, South Korea. The 2021 Chevrolet Spark is expected to deliver enhanced fuel economy along with an array of optional high-tech features. Let’s see how the 2021 Chevy Spark goes along its rivals like Honda Fit, Kia Rio, and Nissan Versa.

Compact hatchbacks have a great survival history in the market for their easy to maneuver design and features. The Chevrolet Spark is one such hatchback that relies on its out of the box design and latest equipment. The 2021 Chevrolet Spark will be fitted with a 1.4-Liter Inline-4 engine which puts out 98 horsepower. We expect the new 2021 Chevrolet Spark to be loaded with the latest features and new exterior paint scheme. The new model shall not be getting significant updates compared to the outgoing model. 

The 2020 model didn't bring many changes from the previous model year, so the 2021 model is expected to bring many refinements. The Chevrolet Spark will go against some popular hatchbacks like Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, and Honda Fit. All of these provide vivid combinations of performance, tech, and fuel efficiency whereas the Chevrolet Spark likes to keep an even balance over all these features. 

What’s New with the 2021 Chevy Spark?

  • Two new exterior colors: Cayenne Orange and Mystic Blue
  • Significantly unchanged for 2021

What’s the expected price and release date of the 2021 Chevrolet Spark?

Chevrolet has kept the price tag of the 2021 Spark much affordable than the competitors and it is clearly visible in Spark's high-volume sales. The 2021 Chevy Spark is likely to have a minimal price hike of around $500 in every trim. The LS would be under $14,000, most probably at $13,800 while the 1LT is expected to be priced at $15,720. The other two trims ACTIV and 2LT are expected to have a price tag of $16,620 and $17,220 respectively.

Like other GM vehicles, the 2021 Chevy Spark is going to be rolled over in the third quarter of 2020.

What’s under the hood of the 2021 Chevrolet Spark?

Chevy Spark is a true subcompact car and it misses out on performance. The sluggish 1.4 Liter Inline-4 engine which is standard for all the trims puts out a modest 98 horsepower and 94-pound feet of torque. It is mated to a standard 5-speed manual transmission and a CVT can also be opted. The engine as a whole, works best around the town, with enough power for hassle-free driving.

 

Also, it's ideal for the busy city streets as the engine consumes very little fuel as compared to the competitors. Chevrolet Spark will mostly ride pretty decently in the city. It's until you go uphill when the Spark's engine might begin to feel weak. But for normal drivers and daily commuters, the engine does the job pretty decently.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Spark (Expected)

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Honda Fit

MSRP

$13,400.00

$15,650.00

$14,730.00

$16,190.00

Engine

1.4-Liter Inline-4

1.5 Liter Inline-4

1.6-Liter Inline-4

1.5 Liter Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power

98hp @ 6200rpm

106hp @ 6000rpm

122hp @ 6000rpm

130hp @ 6600rpm

Torque 

94lb-ft @ 4400rpm

103lb-ft @ 4000rpm

114lb-ft @ 4400rpm

114lb-ft @ 4600rpm

0-60 MPH 

10.7 sec. 

10.3 sec. 

9.7 sec.

10 sec.

Quarter-Mile

18.0 sec. 

15 sec. 

17.5 sec.

17.4 sec. 

*2020 figures used for reference

2021 Chevy Spark has a very underwhelming performance which looks obvious from its super-affordable price tag. The Nissan Versa provides a similar engine but with improved performance. The Honda Fit and the Toyota Yaris provide a slick 6-speed manual shifter in the base trim.

How well does the 2021 Chevrolet Spark Handle?

2021 Chevrolet Spark is an affordable subcompact which is neither swift nor fun to drive. Instead, it's a slow, monotonous car with subpar ride quality. A 98-hp engine and the slick 5-speed manual shifter isn't the greatest combination, but it does well, in day-to-day city driving. The steering response is decent but not too quick and works well in city driving.

The short wheelbase and the stiff suspension keep the driving quite peppy at corners but the fun doesn't go much further than that. The Spark struggles on imperfect roads with bigger bumps, and driving becomes a tedious task. Otherwise, the Spark is a decent ride on a super-affordable budget.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Chevrolet Spark deliver?

Chevy Spark is indeed a very much fuel efficient car partly due to its tiny footprint and a feeble engine. The EPA hasn't rated the 2021 model yet, so we will refer to the previous year’s ratings. The 2020 Chevy Spark returns 29 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The 9-gallon fuel tank might feel tiny, but still, it helps in giving a long highway range of 342 miles.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Spark (Expected)

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Honda Fit

MPG (City)

29

30

27

29

MPG (Highway)

38

39

35

36

MPG (Combined)

33

34

30

31

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

9

11.6

10.8

10.6

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

261/342/297

348/452.4/394.4

291.6/378/324

307.4/381.6/328.6

*2020 figures used for reference

Rivals of the Spark provide decent fuel economy figures and a bigger fuel tank. The Toyota Yaris provides best-in-class fuel economy and a much bigger fuel tank. A larger fuel tank usually results in a better fuel range and fewer gas stops.

What to expect from the 2021 Chevrolet Spark’s interior?

Don't get confused with the tiny footprint, Chevy Spark is much spacious from within. Unlike other affordable subcompacts, the Chevy Spark has a considerably pleasant interior. The interior seems to be smartly crafted and gives out good vibes to the passengers. The front seats are spacious, supportive, and are wrapped in different interesting fabrics. The driver seat is four-way adjustable, so the driver can find a suitable driving position. Heated front seats are also available starting from the ACTIV trim. The front visibility is also good while the seats provide all-day comfort.

The rear seats have cramped legroom so tall or even average adults would find it hard to sit in the rear. The rear seat bench is quite upright so it may not provide all-day comfort. All the seats are covered in synthetic fabric and leather upholstery can be opted in further trims. The overall build quality of the materials is decent and you'll find pretty much plain plastics inside, which makes the interior better than the interiors of most bargain cars.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Spark (Expected)

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Honda Fit

Seating Capacity

4

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39/50.8/41.7

38.2/53.2/41.9

39.5/53.1/44.5

39.5/54.8/41.4

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37/49.8/33

36.8/50/34.4

36.3/53.6/31

37.5/52.6/39.3

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)

11.1

13.5

14.7

16.6

*2020 figures used for reference

Honda Fit and the Nissan Versa provide a great amount of room for passengers as well as cargo. Toyota Yaris is also quite spacious and comfy from within. The cargo space measuring just 11.1 cubes behind the rear seats is less than average for the class. Inside the cabin, there are fewer options for small-item storage. You would find average-sized door pockets and some cubbies inside. Other than that, there aren't any significant small-item storages.

In this space, you can store at most 2-3 regular sized suitcases or, at most, a weekend shopping stuff. Still, you can fold the 60/40 split-folding rear seat bench to get an extended cargo volume of 27.2 cubic feet. This is a decent amount of space but rivals provide far better storage.

2021 Chevrolet Spark: Infotainment System and Connectivity

Chevrolet Spark provides surprisingly enough features for a surprisingly affordable price tag. The standard arsenal of gizmos inside even a base Chevy Spark will impress most of the drivers. Also, pretty much options are available to upgrade the tech as you climb up the trim ladder. Every Spark gets standard Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay compatibility and a modern 7-inch touchscreen. 

Chevrolet's OnStar communication system is standard for all trims which include 4G LTE and WiFI Hotspot. The base trim gets these features along with AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and a four-speaker generic sound system. The 1LT trim adds a six-speaker sound system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. The 2LT adds an upgraded driver information display.

Some of the notable infotainment features include:

  • Standard Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • OnStar system
  • Bluetooth
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Six-speaker sound system

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Chevrolet Spark?

Chevrolet Spark is cute but doesn't seem to catch any eyeballs. That's pretty true for every economy car, and this case is no different. Yet the Spark keeps a distinctive look, which might impress some car enthusiasts. 2021 Chevrolet Spark isn't much refined from the exterior except some new color options being introduced. These new colors include Mystic Blue and Cayenne Orange. The Spark stands a bit taller from the rest but that doesn't help it get noticed.

It's actually a 4-door but the rear door handles have been draped to give a coupe-like feel to the car. The Spark ACTIV looks quite interesting amongst all the trims which stand an inch higher and wear a plastic body cladding. The raised suspension and the roof rails give a crossover-SUV like look to it. All models have 15-inch rims and an optional sunroof is available in 1LT and 2LT trims.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Spark (Expected)

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Honda Fit

Curb Weight (lbs)

2246

2857

2599

2522

Length (inches)

143.1

171.2

177

161.4

Width (inches)

62.8

66.7

68.5

67

Height (inches)

58.76

58.5

57.3

60

Ground Clearance (inches)

NA

NA

6.8

4.4

Wheelbase (inches)

93.9

101.2

103.1

99.6

*2020 figures used for reference

Chevrolet Spark stands tall while it cuts down the length and breadth quite significantly. This helps in giving it a distinctive look and agile maneuverability around zig-zag city streets. The rivals such as Nissan Versa and the Toyota Yaris have bigger dimensions and feel quite bulky as compared to the Spark.

Will the 2021 Chevrolet Spark be worth it?

The 2021 Chevrolet Spark is a super affordable subcompact providing features better than most economy cars. The standard smartphone integration is a treat while a 7-inch touchscreen feels modern. The weak engine might disappoint a bit, but you save a lot of fuel in return. Also, the set of safety features available is pretty reliable. To sum up, the 2021 Chevrolet Spark will definitely give bang for your every single buck, but don't expect a totally exhilarating performance!

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