2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Chevrolet Spark
In a competition like Car of the Year, you’d be forgiven for thinking the diminutive Chevrolet Spark is the equivalent of bringing a wet noodle to a knife fight, but you’d also be mistaken. Whatever the little Chevy lacks in grunt (just 84 hp and 83 lb-ft of torque from a 1.2-liter mill) and size (93.5-inch wheelbase) it makes up for with a big plate of charisma.
The Spark is quite cute and well-sculpted for a high-roof box. The interior, especially up front, is “well-appointed,” according to technical director Frank Markus, with some cool touches, like the gauge cluster mounted on top of the steering column and — just as in a Porsche 928(!) — it moves up and down with the wheel.
Read more about the Spark: 2013 Chevrolet Spark First Test
Speaking of the steering wheel, the Spark surprised everyone who turned it. Yes, the limits are as low, but the Spark is fun to toss around. Maybe it’s just more proof of the old maxim that slow cars are fun to drive fast. And a large part of that fun is helped out by the five-speed manual version Chevy sent us.
Many judges also felt its ride was as good or better than the cars it directly competes with. Compared with the similarly sized Prius C, the Spark rode like a cloud.
Other Car of the Year Contender WOT Posts:
BMW 3 Series
CODA EV Sedan
Tesla Model S
Toyota Prius C
To compete for the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year title, contenders must be all new or significantly revised 2013-model-year cars or 2012-model-year cars that went on sale too late for 2012 COTY consideration. All eligible vehicles are invited to compete. Check back to MotorTrend.com on November 12 at 3:30 p.m. PST / 6:30 p.m. EST to discover what will become the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year!