2015 Chevrolet Spark

What's new for 2015? For 2015, the Chevrolet Spark now comes standard with an enhanced version of OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that provides Internet connectivity for up to seven mobile devices. Otherwise, the Spark is unchanged from last year.

As more subcompact cars have arrived in the United States, a handful of extra-small, lower-priced models have emerged that offer effortless maneuverability and easy parking. The 2015 Chevrolet Spark is one of the more inviting models in this group.

The Spark, which is built in South Korea, is one of the least expensive cars you can buy. Yet it offers an attractive list of standard features. Power windows, alloy wheels and air-conditioning are standard on even the lowest-priced version. And higher trim levels provide some pretty useful features such as remote keyless entry, steering-wheel-mounted controls and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and voice recognition. Even in-car Wi-Fi is available.

Spark's interior is pretty basic, but for this kind of car it's actually rather roomy and well-dressed. Much of that room is meant for passengers, so luggage space behind the rear seat is minimal, but the seat folds in a handy 60/40-split configuration. Under the hood you'll find a diminutive 1.2-liter engine that provides adequate acceleration.

Exterior Highlights
Available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles, both of which can seat five people. Available in LS, LT, LTZ and RS trim levels

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark is a four-door, four-passenger, subcompact hatchback that's offered in three trims: LS, 1LT and 2LT. Also available is an all-electric version, the Spark EV, which we reviewed separately.

In addition to the safety features listed below, key standard features in the LS version include 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, air-conditioning, power windows, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, a trip computer, Chevy's OnStar telematics system (including this year's new 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot features) and a four-speaker audio system with an auxiliary jack.

Opting for the 1LT trim adds power-adjustable mirrors, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power door locks, carpeted floor mats, steering-wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, an outside temperature display, a theft deterrent system, and the MyLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice recognition, a USB port, smartphone app integration, satellite radio and six speakers.

Moving up to the top-of-the-line 2LT adds leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery, heated front seats, foglights, heated power mirrors, roof rails and several exterior-styling enhancements, such as machine-finished gray wheels, sporty front and rear fascia treatments and chrome trim.

Attractive interior, comfortable seats with generous head and legroom, well laid out gauges and controls, MyLink touchscreen interface with voice controls

From behind the wheel, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark surrounds you with a simple, clean and modern interior. It's dressed with color-accented dash and door panels, well-textured trim pieces and enough chic sculpting to help you overlook the hard plastic surfaces that are common in an affordable hatchback. Adding to the visual appeal are sporty gauges that feature both a traditional speedometer and a digital multifunction display.

The available MyLink touchscreen infotainment system -- which lets you connect your smartphone to the audio system via Bluetooth or a USB port or auxiliary input -- adds to the Spark's modern vibe with sharp graphics and intuitive menus. Apple iPhone users can use the voice-recognition system in Siri Eyes Free mode to make hands-free calls, play songs in the iTunes library and listen to, compose and send hands-free text messages. Available apps also let you stream Internet radio and provide full navigation functions and live traffic updates.

Considering its small size, the Spark provides relatively spacious seating that most adults will find comfortable enough, even on longer drives. Behind the rear seats is a narrow, 11.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding down both sides of the versatile 60/40-split seatback provides a fairly flat cargo floor and a more accommodating 31.2 cubes of capacity.

Standard safety features on the 2015 Chevy Spark include four-wheel antilock brakes (front discs, rear drums), hill-hold assist, stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front-seat knee airbags. The OnStar service also provides automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance and stolen vehicle assistance.

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