A subcompact hatchback designed to squeeze into the tiniest of places, maneuver through the most congested traffic, and provide some of the best fuel economy in its class, is none other than the 2022 Chevy Spark. It's an excellent option for those looking for an economically viable vehicle that's easy to handle and fun to drive. The 2022 model year maintains a low entry price, making it the perfect starter vehicle for career-oriented graduates, students, or those looking for something to accommodate a very strict budget. However, the fully-featured tech suite and available safety features also make it a safe choice for parents to buy for their teenage kids as well.
The 2022 Chevy Spark is available across four different trims in front-wheel drive with optional manual or automatic transmissions. This not only gives the Spark a lot of scalability when it comes to customizing the driving experience for the buyer, but it also gives you options on how you want to maximize the Spark's fuel economy, on-road handling, and performance. The four trims include the LS, 1LT, 2LT, and ACTIV. Each of the four trims allows you to choose either a manual or automatic shifting setup.
The 2022 Chevy Spark's performance is defined by an eco-efficient 1.4-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder engine. The powertrain outputs 98 horsepower and up to 94 pound-feet of torque. The small but able engine not only allows the Spark to get to where it needs to go, but does so with a limited amount of fuel consumption thanks to the electronic fuel injection system. The Spark is capable of topping out at 30 miles per gallon in the city and up to 38 miles per gallon on the highway. This means fewer trips to the pump and fewer expenses on regular fill-ups.
As mentioned, the EcoTec 4-cylinder can be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Alternatively, if you just don't feel comfortable with watching revs and shifting at your own leisure, you can opt to go with a continuously variable automatic transmission that will do all the work for you. No matter the setup, the Spark comes with electronic traction control, so you're always given the most stability and traction available regardless of the weather or road conditions.
Power steering, hill start assist, and more all come standard across every trim. The ACTIV trim comes with special touring suspension to help improve handling and on-road performance. The ACTIV trim also comes standard with specially made 15-inch Gunmetal Silver-painted aluminum wheels and black rocker moldings, along with a special custom trim-specific grille. All of the trims can also have black bowtie emblems installed on the front or rear fascia to replace the standard bronze Chevy logos. This won't make the Spark go faster or accomplish any supernatural feats, but it will make it look a little more dangerous if that's what you're going for out of a subcompact hatchback.
The 2022 Chevy Spark manages to retain every update added to the model over the last few years. This includes one of the biggest standard features available for the Spark: the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. This features a full-on 7-inch diagonal color HD touchscreen with apps, vehicle health information, and the ability to stream and interact with media from smart devices. You can access all sorts of features, such as navigation apps, music, and manuals, from the touchscreen menu.
The Spark also has access to more advanced infotainment features, such as Bluetooth wireless support. This allows you to make use of features such as voice-activated controls for hands-free access. It's the perfect way to shuffle through media, text, or make calls with the voice command pass-through to smartphones. This feature is also coupled with the ability to utilize Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so if you have either series of phones, you can pair it with your Spark and take full advantage of your smartphone's capabilities, such as streaming your audio playlists through the vehicle's audio system. You can also take full advantage of available SiriusXM content, which includes a 3-month Platinum trial subscription, so you can access everything from talk radio to the most popular and obscure music available from around the world.
On the driving front, you have access to useful technologies like cruise control, which is available as a standard feature across the 1LT, 2LT, and ACTIV trims. You can also easily set and resume speed functions using steering-wheel-mounted controls for easy access. This ties into the driver information center, which you can configure or reconfigure as you see fit. The driver information center contains everything from warning messages to vehicle health information, as well as the telematics so that you know everything from speed, to fuel usage, to engine temperature, to trip displays.
When it comes to safety and security, every trim comes standard with an engine immobilizer, so you can very readily prevent carjackers from taking the Spark while left unattended. You can also ensure extra security is enabled with a remote panic alarm, great if you need to scare off everything from would-be thieves to pesky animals. Additional features such as the OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services come standard on every trim as well, so you have easy access to support and roadside assistance.
Other assists such as rear parking assistance, remote keyless entry, and a rear vision camera all help make accessing and driving the Spark that much easier. With additional features such as USB data ports and the ability to use the Spark as a Wi-Fi hotspot center, it adds to its value as an affordable, subcompact hatchback with a feature-rich slate of tech. The extra infotainment and security amenities simply sweeten the deal.
With available seating for up to four people across two rows, including the driver, front passenger, and two seats available for passengers in the rear, the 2022 Chevy Spark contains a total passenger volume of up to 83.00 cubic feet. Even when fully occupied with passengers in the front and back, you still have access to 11.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity in the rear. If you choose to lower the rear seats, you can free up some additional space, giving you a total of 27.2 cubic feet of space to store additional cargo.
Convenient Cabin Design
Scattered throughout the Spark's interior cabin are additional pockets for storage and item holders. This includes a passenger-side storage tray, instrument panel storage, a rear center console with a storage tray and cup holder, as well as a map pocket on the front passenger seatback. This gives you plenty of areas and compartments to store small items, tools, books, or folders. The Spark even includes lamp lighting for the rear cargo compartment, so while you're making trips at night or in poorly lit places, you can still rummage through the rear storage areas even without a flashlight. This is perfect for outdoor camping trips, concerts, or when traveling at night.
Available leather-wrapped steering wheel with a manual tilt steering column can be paired with optional premium carpeted floor mats and the available Jet Black and Dark Anderson Silver-Metallic leatherette seat trims. Manually adjustable high-back bucket front seats and a standard footrest on the driver side help round out many of the basic features that the 2022 Chevy Spark comes equipped with for the interior. Even as an economical subcompact hatchback, the Spark maintains a quality assortment of many comfort and convenience features that make it a great choice for those working on a strict budget who want the most for their money.