2013 Chevrolet Spark EPA-Rated at 28/37 MPG Automatic, 32/38 MPG Manual
The 2013 Chevrolet Spark now has official EPA mileage numbers to accompany its $12,995 base price. The 2013 Spark with a four-speed automatic is good for 28/37 mpg city/highway while the 2013 Spark with the five-speed manual is rated 32/38 mpg.
Those fuel economy numbers may not be class-leading, but the 2013 Spark’s $12,995 base price (including destination) might help some consumers overlook the official mpg numbers. If a majority of buyers go for the four-speed automatic over the five-speed manual, they’ll pay $925 for the transmission and 2 mpg in combined mileage, from 34 mpg to 32 mpg.
Potential 2013 Spark buyers not attached to the four-door hatchback body style, but looking for an ultra-low-priced new car, might also consider the 2012 Nissan Versa, which carries a base price of $11,770. If you want the CVT, the base price rises to just under $14,000. The 2012 Versa sedan gets 27/36 mpg with a five-speed manual — below the manual-transmission 2013 Spark — but the Versa sedan with the CVT is good for 30/38 mpg, and Nissan expects a 40-mpg rating for the 2013-model-year sedan.
The base 2013 Chevrolet Spark includes 15-inch alloy wheels, an auxiliary input jack, and air conditioning, as well as power windows and a 60/40 split rear seat. Other 2013 Spark trims add Bluetooth, keyless entry, cruise control, power door locks, heated leatherette front seats, and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system.
If you’re driving out of a Chevy dealership with a $16,990 Spark, though, and fuel economy is important, we could also suggest a long list of two- and four-door hatchbacks including the Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio. The 2013 Ford Fiesta, in non-SFE trim, is EPA-rated at 29/39 mpg with the automatic and manual transmissions while the 2013 Kia Rio gets 30/40 mpg. Those ratings put the cars slightly above the 2013 Spark when comparing automatic-transmission models but, with manual transmission cars, the Spark gets better mileage in the city and slightly worse mileage on the highway.
Read our 2013 Chevrolet Spark First Drive here.
By Zach Gale