2018 Chevrolet Spark

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Chevrolet Spark highlights

Customer rating


  • Compact for city driving
  • Thrifty performance
  • User-friendly tech


  • Limited rear legroom and cargo space
  • Slow acceleration
  • Basic interior materials

Mileage (EPA estimate)

29 city, 38 highway, 32 combined

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City-sized car with smart tech features

Sometimes you just want to get back to basics. If you mostly travel by yourself or with a friend and you appreciate the ease of slipping into parking spaces without a second thought, the 2018 Chevrolet Spark could be the car for you. The subcompact Spark, which has seating for four people, is perfectly tailored for city drivers. But that doesn't mean it's a simple car. It has standard tech features and available upscale touches like leather seats and a sunroof. The 2018 Spark is proof that good things can come in small packages.

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What is new for the 2018 Chevrolet Spark?

  • The Spark is available in a new trim called the 2LT.
  • Spark trims have been upgraded with Power Mirrors as standard equipment this year.
  • The Activ trim now comes with Cloth Seats and Manual Transmission as standard equipment.

2018 Chevrolet Spark trims

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  • Includes a seven-inch touchscreen; Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity; USB port; four-speaker audio; and more.


  • Adds power locks and windows, six-speaker audio, cruise control, remote keyless entry, alloy wheels, available sunroof, and more.


  •  Adds black front and rear bumpers, synthetic leather seats, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. The sunroof is not available on this trim. 


  • Adds proximity keyless entry, available sunroof, available forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning, and more.

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Chevrolet Spark

1. It's city-sized

2018 Chevrolet Spark: Exterior of vehicle | CarMax

The Spark is a little car designed for the big city. If you choose the Spark, you won't have to pass by compact parking spots with envy or worry about bumping bumpers when you parallel park. You can zip through alleyways or make a U-turn with no stress. The 2018 Chevy Spark is small and proud. 

2. Stay connected

2018 Chevrolet Spark: Entertainment screen | CarMax

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark keeps up with the big shots when it comes to technology features. The 2018 Spark comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen, and standard Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and Bluetooth® integration keep you connected to your favorite tunes. Plus, a USB port ensures you never run out of juice on your devices. 

3. Go glam

2018 Chevrolet Spark: Back seats | CarMax

Like many subcompact cars, the 2018 Spark comes standard with a basic interior. But you can shop for a model that's scaled up if you like a taste of the finer things. If you want a bright cabin, a sunroof is available on two of the four trims. You can also choose synthetic leather seats, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel for a little extra luxury. 

4. Light footprint

2018 Chevrolet Spark: Engine | CarMax

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark comes with one engine option: a 98-hp 1.4L four-cylinder. That tiny engine means you'll save time at the pump. The 2018 Chevrolet Spark has an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined, meaning it sips fuel where other cars chug.

 This makes it a great option if you're looking for something practical for both city driving and longer journeys.

5. Ride solo

2018 Chevrolet Spark: Front cab of vehicle | CarMax

If you prefer to keep your passengers and cargo to a minimum, the Spark is for you. The 2018 Spark only seats four people, so you'll never be asked to carpool. And with just 11 cu-ft of cargo space, it's unlikely that your friends will request the Spark on moving day. Fewer demands; more time for you. 

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The Mitsubishi Mirage is a subcompact car with seating for five. The 2017-2022 Mirage has one engine option: a 1.2L three-cylinder that produces 78 hp. The Mirage is great for around-town driving and would make a nice first car. 

Here's what you'll find on the 2021-2022 Mitsubishi Mirage:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability

  • Sedan and hatchback models

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.3 out of 5

3 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Spark an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Chevrolet Spark 8th out of 27 among Subcompact Cars.

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Chevrolet Spark features and specs

LT 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.7"/R 33"

Head room

F 39"/R 37"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity



Manual 5

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Color options

2018 Chevrolet Spark: Color options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Brimstone

  • Mint

  • Mosaic Black

  • Nightfall Gray

  • Red Hot

  • Silver Ice

  • Sorbet

  • Splash

  • Summit White

  • Toasted Marshmallow 

Interior colors:

  • Jet Black 

  • Jet Black with beige seat inserts and beige dash trim 

  • Jet Black with blue seat inserts and blue dash trim

Interior details

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark comes standard with cloth seats and seating for four people. Leatherette seats are available on the ACTIV and 2LT trims. The interior has a seven-inch touchscreen and one USB port. There are two cup holders in the front and two in the rear. The 2018 Spark has single-zone climate control.

Child seat details

The 2018 Chevy Spark has two sets of LATCH anchors—one on each of the rear seats—so it can fit two car seats. As with most compact cars, the Spark can be a tight fit for rear-facing car seats. Since there is no rear middle seat to install a rear-facing car seat, you or your front-seat passenger will need to give up some legroom to fit a rear-facing seat. 


The 2018 Chevrolet Spark with the standard 1.4L four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.

 It can travel 297 miles on a single tank of gas, according to EPA estimates. In terms of straight-line performance, the 2018 Spark can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 10.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 117 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new). In every trim, the 2018 Chevy Spark comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but a continuously variable transmission is an available option. 

Year comparison

2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark (first generation)

The first-generation Spark was a subcompact car with seating for four. It came standard with an 84-hp 1.2L four-cylinder engine. In 2014, an all-electric model (Spark EV) was introduced. 

2016-present Chevrolet Spark (second generation)

The second generation of the Spark received more power, with a standard 98-hp 1.4L four-cylinder engine. It also had more standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a seven-inch touchscreen display. The all-electric Spark EV was discontinued after the 2016 model year. 

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