Are you looking for a compact car with loads of personality? Look no further than the 2021 Chevy Spark. The Spark easily lives up to its name as one of the most vibrant vehicles on the road, but what else does it offer beyond a colorful palette? You’ll certainly be surprised.
There was a noticeable gap in the Chevy lineup as drivers sought a more efficient and affordable alternative to smaller crossovers like the Equinox and the Trax. The Spark was designed to fill this void and has been surprisingly successful thanks to its impressive interior quality, nimble handling, and plentiful features. Its starting price of $13,400* and its average fuel economy of 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway sweeten the deal.
While you might expect this efficiency and affordability to only be available on the base model, that isn’t the case with the Spark, and that’s just one reason why the Chevy is so popular. Available in the LS, 1LT, ACTIV, and 2LT trims, the Spark has plenty to offer across its entire lineup. The base model is equipped with a standard rear vision camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a 7-inch color touchscreen display with the Chevy Infotainment 3 system that ensures you’re always connected when you’re behind the wheel. The 2LT is the top of the line with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather seating, as well as comfort and convenience features like heated front seats, keyless entry, and keyless start.
With a promise to make every outing fun, the Spark has no shortage of personality and, as we’ve already seen, offers incredible value. But what else makes it a great purchase? Here’s an in-depth look at everything the 2021 Chevy Spark has to offer and why it’s one of Chevy’s most popular cars.
Life is busy, and Chevy knows it. This is why the 2021 Spark is outfitted with the latest technology that will keep you connected wherever the road takes you. This connectivity begins with the Spark’s 7-inch color touchscreen display that comes standard across the lineup. The intuitive display is home to the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system that allows you to pair your smartphone using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to gain instant access to your favorite apps. You can also take advantage of the two USB charging ports to keep your devices charged and ready at all times.
The Spark also offers access to Chevy’s Connected Services as well as OnStar Safety & Security Plans. The plans are designed to keep you informed, safe, and connected when you’re behind the wheel. The base plan, which is known as Connected Access, is complimentary and includes a monthly vehicle diagnostics report and maintenance notifications that are sent to your dealer. The plan also gives you access to Chevrolet Smart Driver and the Chevrolet Marketplace, which is a great tool that allows you to use the Spark’s touchscreen display or the myChevrolet mobile app to find fuel, hotels, restaurants, and more.
Upgrading to the Remote Access Plan gives you more control over the Spark from your smartphone and the myChevrolet mobile app. You can use the remote key fob to start or stop the Spark’s engine, honk the horn, or lock and unlock the doors. The app includes on-demand vehicle diagnostics as well as send-to navigation, and a vehicle locate feature. The send-to navigation is especially helpful since you can search for your destination on your smartphone and send the directions directly to the Spark with the touch of a button.
The Unlimited Access Plan keeps you connected with an unlimited 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that turns the Spark into a traveling hotspot. Capable of supporting up to seven devices, you and your passengers can stay connected at all times, whether you’re working or streaming your favorite playlist. Along with Wi-Fi access, you’ll also receive real-time traffic data through Chevy’s Connected Navigation and turn-by-turn navigation cues from OnStar.
Although the Spark is the smallest in the Chevy lineup, it’s designed with safety in mind. Built with a high-strength steel safety cage and loaded with features, the Spark comes standard with 10 airbags and a rear vision camera. The camera gives you a clear view behind the sedan and is especially helpful when traveling at low speeds in reverse since the gridlines can show you the path of the vehicle and make it easier to park. Depending on trim, you always have access to advanced safety features, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Park Assist.
Automatic Emergency Braking works with Forward Collision Alert to minimize the potential for front-end collisions. If you’re traveling below 37 mph, the system uses camera technology to determine when a front-end collision is imminent. In this case, the system can enhance your hard braking or provide hard emergency braking to bring the Spark to a stop. While these tools work to protect the front of the Spark, the Lane Departure Warning helps keep the Spark in its lane by alerting you when the sedan drifts from its lane. When it comes time to park, you can park with confidence thanks to Rear Park Assist that alerts you when objects or another vehicle is directly behind the Spark.
Aside from these safety and driver-assist features, the Spark adds another layer of safety with Chevy’s Connected Services and the available Safety & Security Plan. This monthly subscription service is designed to give you peace of mind when you’re on the road and includes roadside assistance, which helps you navigate the unexpected if you run out of fuel, have a flat tire, or need a tow. The subscription also includes turn-by-turn navigation and stolen vehicle assistance as well as unique safety features like Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, and Crisis Alert.
When you’re in a collision, timing is everything, and that’s why Chevy makes the Automatic Crash Response tool available on the Spark. Using built-in sensors to detect when you’re in a collision, the tool puts you immediately in contact with an Emergency Medical Dispatch-certified Advisor who can alert emergency personnel in the area. If you’re alert and able, you can use the red Emergency Services button to connect to the dispatcher who can offer critical assistance and alert emergency personnel of the collision. The plan also includes a Crisis Alert feature that connects you with an OnStar advisor in severe weather, natural disasters, and other crises where communication is vital.
The boldest sedan to join the Chevy lineup, the 2021 Spark is full of personality, and that makes driving the compact sedan loads of fun. The Spark’s personality starts with its exterior design and 10 bold color choices that include eye-popping options like Mystic Blue, Cayenne Orange, Red Hot, Passion Fruit, Toasted Marshmallow, and Caribbean Blue. You can also choose from more traditional colors like Silver Ice, Summit White, Mosaic Black, and Nightfall Gray.
Once you choose your Spark’s exterior color, you’ll find its bold personality extends to the interior, where color-coordinated accent stripes add more razzle and dazzle. If you’re looking to take the Spark’s aesthetic up a notch, then you’ll love the Spark Special Edition that puts a sporty spin on the car by adding a two-tone painted roof with a black-painted grille. The model also features black Chevy bowtie emblems as well as accent-color mirror caps, grille surround, and daytime running light bezels for a sleek look. You’ll also find the Spark SE sitting on 15-inch black-painted alloy wheels that truly set it apart from the others in the lineup.
Beyond the SE, you’ll find plenty of comfort and convenience features inside every Spark in the lineup. The Spark 1LT adds power windows and door locks as well as steering wheel-mounted controls for the audio, phone, and cruise control. The model also adds remote keyless entry and a remote panic alarm. The Spark ACTIV and 2LT add a touch of luxury with heated front seats, while the 1LT and 2LT can give you an open-air driving experience with the available power sunroof.
The Spark takes comfort and capability even further by offering a spacious interior despite the Spark’s small size. Thanks to the 60/40 split-folding rear seat, you have access to 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than enough room to haul groceries and gear. The interior also boasts several storage options in the form of cubbies and trays that make stowing smaller items hassle-free while also keeping them within arm’s reach.