2019 Chevrolet Spark Introduction

Inexpensive and cheerful in its personality, the 2019 Chevrolet Spark has been redesigned slightly for the new model year. The four-door hatchback has automatic emergency braking as a new option on 2LT versions. Some versions wear a new grille, headlights, and fascia and get new wheels. New daytime running lights appear on 1LT and 2LT versions. Chevrolet’s new infotainment system, with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, is standard along with two USB ports.

The Spark comes in base LS, mid-level 1LT, and top-rung 2LT trim levels. Also available is the Spark Activ, sporting unique body cladding and slightly taller ride height, but otherwise differing little from its mates.

All versions have front-wheel drive, propelled by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 98 horsepower. A 5-speed manual gearbox that shifts neatly is standard. Most buyers are likely to choose the alternative, which is a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

A surprising amount of advanced active-safety technology is available – considerably more than expected in this class. All collision-avoidance features are optional rather than standard fare, but at least they exist. Rear parking sensors are included with the 2LT trim.

Crash-testing has been limited. The NHTSA has not tested the current Spark. The IIHS gave the 2019 Spark a “Good” rating for its moderate-overlap frontal test and for side-impact, but that insurance-funded agency has not conducted any further testing.

1Dealer Discount applied to everyone.

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