2013 Chevy Spark Gets 38 MPG Highway
The Chevy Spark has fallen short of the crucial 40 mpg mark in the official EPA numbers released. That’s because the car’s 1.2-liter four-banger actually gets 38 mpg highway and 32 mpg city. Is Hyundai making it look to easy?
It’s much worse with the four-speed automatic, however, as in this case it gets 28 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway.
Interestingly enough, the bigger Sonic with a 1.4-liter engine does manage 40 mpg highway, showing that underpowered engines aren’t the answer we’re looking for. Which is not to say that the Spark doesn’t do a good job at sipping fuel. It’s just not that impressive.
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The Chevy Spark only has a 84HP engine, yet doesn't get any better MPG than say a 150HP Honda Civic or 140HP Chevy Cruze..
So the Spark will be slow and an unimpressive driving experience. It simply doesn't make sense to buy a boring car when there is no advantage in the 'boring' factor.
This is a common trend with tiny cars, they are less aerodynamic than regular sized cars, and they have tiny engines to try and make up for it, but fail. Their city MPG isn't good either.
Other cars that share these characteristics; Tiny unimpressive engines with tiny cars and unimpressive MPG is the Scion iQ and the SMART car.
To a point, also the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta follow the characteristics even though they are larger than the tiny cars above. their aerodynamics still aren't as good as regular cars, so don't buy them for fuel efficiency!
Just buy a used a Prius or Honda Insight for the same price