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FORD IS SELLING CARS MORESO AROUND THE PLANET THAN TOYOTA.

The Ford brand is closing in on Toyota as the favorite of retail auto buyers, a sign of rising popularity of the Fusion mid-size car and Escape sport-utility vehicle, and of growing dismay with the Japanese manufacturer.
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Toyota Motor Corp. namesake brand, a default choice of a generation of car buyers who admired its high quality, lost ground during the past six years amid recalls, natural disasters and stiffer competition.

Its share of the U.S. retail market fell to 13.5 percent last year from 16.3 percent in 2008, according to data provided to Bloomberg by IHS Automotive using Polk vehicle-registration records. Toyota’s 2.8 percentage point loss matched the gain of Ford Motor Co. (F)’s main brand, to a 13.2 percent share, over the same period.

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Retail registrations are the best measure of the tastes of individual car buyers because they exclude bulk fleet sales to corporate and government customers. Toyota dominated the retail market before the recession, with top sellers such as the Camry sedan and Corolla compact. Those models now face tougher competition as car shoppers favor Ford models including the Fusion, which draws frequent comparisons to an Aston Martin, and a restyled, fuel-efficient Escape. Hyundai Motor Co. and Subaru, the auto unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., also gaining ground.

“Before 2010, Toyota’s image was bulletproof, and while it is still strong, it’s not rock solid and as perfect as it was before,” Tom Libby, auto analyst for IHS Automotive, said in an interview. “It now appears their march forward has been slowed.”

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Top ThreeThe leader in total U.S. sales is General Motors Co. (GM), which has four brands including Chevrolet and Cadillac. Ford including its fleet sales and Lincoln brand is No. 2, followed by Toyota, which overtook Ford in sales by company from 2007 to 2009 before falling back to the third position.

Those rankings will hold again when February’s U.S. sales results are announced March 3, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Toyota, GM and Ford may all report declines, while Chrysler Group LLC and Nissan Motor Co. post gains, according to analysts surveyed.

Light-vehicle sales in the U.S. may rise 0.4 percent in February to almost 1.2 million, the average of six analyst estimates. The annualized rate, adjusted for seasonal trends, will probably remain at 15.3 million, the average of 10 analyst estimates, the same as in February 2013.

Toyota’s once-pristine image was tarnished, Libby said, when it recalled more than 10 million vehicles for problems related to unintended acceleration in 2009 and 2010, involving defective floor mats and accelerator pedals. The world’s largest automaker lost sales in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan and shut down Toyota’s car factories.

Rebound ScenarioToyota’s U.S. retail market share fell to 12.4 percent in 2011, recovered to 13.7 percent in 2012 and declined again last year, the IHS data show.

“A fair number of people — I was among them — thought that after the recall situation and after the tsunami that Toyota would just resume where they were,” Libby said. “Lo and behold, they have not.”

As total U.S. auto sales rose, Toyota has increased sales by more than a half-million vehicles in the last two years. That is more important than its retail market share, said Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman.

“Share doesn’t pay the bills, sales do — that was and is our focus,” Michels said in an e-mail. “Toyota recovered an enormous amount of volume after the recession and Tsunami/Thailand floods impacted periods.”

Design ChangesToyota will probably maintain its slight retail lead over Ford this year thanks to redesigns of its Corolla, RAV4 small SUV and Highlander SUV, said Jeff Schuster, an analyst with researcher LMC Automotive in Troy, Michigan. The Camry, Toyota’s top seller, will also receive minor design changes late this year, he said.

“Ford’s going to give them a run for their money over the next couple years, but at this point we don’t see them overtaking Toyota,” Schuster said.

Toyota Chief Executive Officer Akio Toyoda has pushed his designers to create more exciting cars after critics have dismissed the company’s products as “blandmobiles.” At the Detroit auto show in January, Toyota generated buzz and floor traffic with its red FT-1 concept that drew inspiration from the automaker’s Supra sports car.

“We’ve seen some indication that Toyota is going to refocus on design and basically bring sexy back or maybe get it for the first time,” Schuster said.

Swoopy SonataThe looks of Hyundai’s swoopy Sonata sedan, Kia’s angular Optima sedan and Ford’s Fusion have attracted family-car buyers, Schuster said. Korea’s Hyundai and its corporate sibling Kia combined to control 8.2 percent of the U.S. retail market last year, up from 5 percent in 2008, though down from 2012, according to the IHS data.

“Vehicles like the FusionEscape and our hybrids have provided us with a tremendous amount of retail sales and share gain, particularly in the coastal regions in the west and southeast, areas that typically have been dominated by Japanese automakers,” said Erich Merkle, Ford’s sales analyst. The Ford brand’s overall retail sales rose 14 percent in 2013, he said, powered by a 21 percent rise in the west and a 17 percent increase in the southeast.  Used Ford F150 , Used Ford Expedition , Used Ford Edge , Used Ford Explorer , Used Ford Flex , Used Ford Transit , Used Ford SuperDuty Trucks , Used Ford e-Series , Used Ford Fiesta , Used Ford Atlas , Used Ford Focus Electric , Ford Repairs Service & Parts , Used Ford Mustang , Used Ford Cars & Trucks Louisville Kentucky KY

The closing quality gap among automakers has removed a onetime Toyota advantage, Libby said. The Toyota brand ranked seventh in J.D. Power & Associates’ Initial Quality Study last year, below GM’s GMC truck brand, which ranked second, and its Chevrolet line, which ranked fifth.

“In core car segments, where Toyota really had their strength and still has strength, there’s more legitimate competition,” Libby said.

Chevrolet’s SlideDespite quality gains and praise from critics, GM’s Chevrolet brand also lost ground among individual retail buyers. Chevy’s U.S. retail share fell to 10.7 percent last year, from 11.4 percent in 2008. GM last year introduced a redesigned Silverado pickup truck, its top seller, as well as updating the design of its Malibu family car.

“Chevrolet is pretty disappointing. They’ve had a significant product revival over the last two years and they’ve not been able to gain share,” Libby said.

Since 2008, Chevrolet has exited the minivan and small pickup categories, which cost it retail sales, said Jim Cain, a company spokesman. GM will begin offering a smaller pickup later this year with the Colorado model. The Detroit-based automaker also is putting a greater emphasis on profits, selling fewer cars on deep discount, he said.

Light Years”The quality of our market share is light years ahead of where it was in 2008,” Cain said. “We are much more profitable and the resale of our products has risen sharply thanks to what is now an essentially all-new showroom of vehicles.”

Chrysler, the U.S. automaker owned by Fiat SpA (F), saw its Jeep line of SUVs climb to 3.4 percent from 2.7 percent in 2008, the IHS data show.

The next top brands will find a way to lead in innovation, as Toyota did in the last two decades with the Prius hybrid-electric car and the RAV4 that helped pioneer the car-like SUV category, Libby said.

Segment LeadersHonda Motor Co. (7267), which was second to Toyota in retail share in 2008, has slipped to fourth. It had 10.4 percent of the retail market last year, down from 11.9 percent in 2008, according to the IHS data. Honda also has suffered from lackluster looks, Libby said, as the competition has become more appealing. Like Toyota, it also had to contend with natural disasters in Asia that disrupted production in 2011.

While its retail share slid, Honda said its top-selling models were retail leaders in their segments: the Civic compact, Accord mid-size car, CR-V compact utility and Odyssey minivan. The company doesn’t have a fleet-sales operation and few Honda dealers handle such sales.

“Our focus on retail sales to individual buyers has a direct correlation to the high resale value of Honda products, which is a key factor in the value proposition for our customers,” John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for Honda’s U.S. unit, said in a statement last week.

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 2014 Best Cars for the Money Awards – Including Hybrids, SUV’s, Compacts, Trucks / Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Mazda, Hyundai and Dodge Ram

 

The U.S. News Best Cars for the Money awards may not make going to the gym or eating your vegetables more fun, but they will help you find a great car that’s also a great value. The awards combine scores from the U.S. News Best Car rankings with data on pricing and five-year ownership costs. The winners are the cars that have the best combination of positive reviews from professional automotive critics and long-term term value. Covering 21 different automotive categories, there’s bound to be an award-winning car that suits your needs.

2014 Ford Fiesta
Reviewers really like the 2014 Ford Fiesta’s upscale interior, high-end available technology features and nimble handling. They even go out of their way to mention that the Fiesta has comfortable seats for a subcompact car. Those positive reviews, plus its excellent long-term value, make the Fiesta the U.S. News 2014 Best Subcompact Car for the Money and the Best Hatchback for the Money.

2014 Toyota Camry
Most reviewers agree that the 2014 Toyota Camry does everything a midsize car should do. It has a thrifty four-cylinder engine as well as an optional V6 for buyers who want more power. Its interior is comfortable and spacious enough for commuting and family-hauling duty. It also has excellent safety and reliability ratings and is one of the best long-term values in the class. Those factors make it the U.S. News 2014 Best Midsize Car for the Money.

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid
The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid is the 2014 U.S. News Best Hybrid Car for the Money. It’s also proof that buyers don’t have to sacrifice performance and comfort for very good fuel economy. Reviewers like how the Fusion Hybrid maintains the same plush interior as the gas-only model, and they say it has very good performance for a hybrid. The Fusion Hybrid’s great fuel efficiency saves money at the pump, which also helps make the Fusion Hybrid an excellent value.

2014 Chevrolet Impala
Reviewers agree that the 2014 Chevrolet Impala has the same DNA as classic Impalas from the muscle car era. The reviews like the modern-day Impala’s balanced handling and attractive, high-quality interior. Owners will like that the Impala is an excellent long-term value. It’s the 2014 U.S. News Best Large Car for the Money.

2014 Ford Edge
Reviewers say the 2014 Ford Edge has a stylish exterior design and an interior that’s easy on the eyes. Reviewers also like the Edge’s fuel economy when it’s equipped with the optional EcoBoost engine. That great fuel economy contributes to the Edge being one of the better values in its class. The 2014 Ford Edge is the 2014 U.S. News Best 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe
Buyers who need three rows of seating should strongly consider the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe. It’s the 2014 U.S. News Best 3-Row Midsize SUV for the Money because it’s not only a good value, but also because reviewers like its comfortable ride and long warranty, which also helps keep ownership costs down.

2014 Mazda5
The 2014 Mazda5 puts the “mini” in minivan. Though it’s smaller than other minivans, reviewers say it has something other vans don’t: good performance. As the fun-to-drive minivan, the Mazda5 has nimble handling and a thrifty, but zippy, engine. You can even get it with a manual transmission. Its smaller size gives it a lower price and lower ownership costs; both help make it the 2014 U.S. News Best Minivan for the Money.

2014 Ram 1500
The 2014 Ram 1500 is the 2014 U.S. News Best Full-Size Pickup Truck for the Money. Reviewers say the Ram 1500 has the smoothest, most comfortable ride in the class and doesn’t skimp on capability. While test drivers think the Ram 1500 is a great all-around truck, our data shows that it’s also one of the best values in the class.

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2014 Chevy Spark EV, Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500

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The all-electric Spark carries the highest sticker price of all the cars on this list, but a $7,500 federal tax credit and zero appetite for gasoline help make it the most affordable car of 2014 from a 5-Year Cost to Own perspective.
2014 Chevrolet Spark Overview

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Review

The Spark is Chevrolet’s U.S. entry into the minicar market, a niche that’s slowly growing as more buyers look for high-mileage, low-cost vehicles that feel at home in crowded cities. Though it only debuted in 2013, Chevy has enhanced the Spark for 2014 with a new automatic transmission that increases fuel economy to 39 mpg in an effort to top rivals such as the Scion iQ, Fiat 500, and Smart Fortwo.

For those never wanting to visit a gas station, there’s the all-electric Spark EV initially for sale in California and Oregon. With two rear seats and slightly larger dimensions than its rivals, the Spark is easier to live with. It’s at home in the city, but those who log many highway miles should look to something larger.

You’ll Like This Car If…Numbers are appealing here, specifically a sub-$13,000 starting price and 39-mpg highway fuel-economy rating. Equally appealing are the Spark’s style and a size that’s big enough to hold four passengers yet tiny enough to park where other cars can’t.
You May Not Like This Car If…Tiny cars often get nervous at higher speeds. If you spend a lot of time on the highway, take a look at slightly larger but still budget-friendly and fuel-efficient cars like the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, or the Spark’s larger sibling, the Sonic. All feel more stable on freeways.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Low/wide front photoWhat’s New for 2014A more efficient CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) replaces the 4-speed in models with an automatic transmission, and all Spark minicars gain automatic headlight control. Navigation is now available through a smartphone-enabled app. The all-electric Spark EV is new for 2014 and has a range of 82 miles.

Driving the Spark EV
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Front angle view photo

Driving ImpressionsThanks to its small size and low weight, the Chevy Spark feels zippy and nimble. The Spark’s 83 horsepower from its tiny 1.2-liter engine may not sound like much, but…

it’s enough to move this sub-2,400-pound car in and around traffic. The Spark is tossable in corners, but body roll is present. Wind and road noise are apparent in the cabin, but we didn’t have to shout to carry on conversations. At higher speeds such as freeway driving, the Spark can feel jumpy. The Spark EV packs a powerful punch with a whopping 400 lb-ft of torque coming from its electric motor. That kind of oomph is enough to make theelectric car zip to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds, while its heavier curb weight and sport-tuned suspension make it feel more planted.

Favorite Features

CHEVROLET MyLink
Chevy’s MyLink telematics system boasts a 7-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and telephone with voice recognition. Those with iPhones can even use a specialized version of Siri voice command with it.

MOTORCYCLE-INSPIRED INSTRUMENT PANEL
Complementing the Spark’s futuristic design is the motorcycle-inspired instrument panel that displays a digital tachometer and trip odometer as well as a large analog speedometer illuminated by a blue glow.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Details

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photoInteriorThe Spark’s cabin is small, but there is enough room for four adults. The rear seats are easier to access and offer more legroom than those of the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ (the Smart Fortwo seats just two). The 11.4-cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat isn’t vast, but it’s more than what’s offered in the 500 and iQ. Fold the 60/40-split seats, and that space nearly triples. Style-wise, the Spark aims for hip with a motorcycle-like instrument panel and luminescent dials. Plastic and cloth are the materials of choice in base models, but visual and tactile pop can be gained with colorful trim kits, a 7-inch touchscreen display and faux leather seating. EV models have an additional high-resolution screen in front of the driver to show range and other pertinent info.

Exterior

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV photo

From a distance, you may have trouble telling the Chevy Spark apart from its Sonic hatchback sibling. Like that also-diminutive car, the Spark is has a wedge-like design and unique details such as hidden handles in the rear doors. Step closer, though, and you’ll notice the Spark’s taller profile, larger headlight housings, and even-smaller dimensions. We think the Sonic has the edge in aesthetics among Chevy’s subcompacts, but it’s also over $2,500 more. Spark EV models have a chrome 2-tier grille that is closed to reduce airflow, a rear spoiler, and aero-optimized mirrors for the greatest efficiency.

Notable Equipment
Standard EquipmentThe 2014 Chevrolet Spark isn’t as Spartan as some may surmise. Even a base Spark minicar comes with air conditioning, power windows, a 4-speaker AM/FM radio with auxiliary input, and 15-inch wheels. Higher trims add a 7-inch touch-screen command center, cruise control, power door locks and mirrors, and leatherette on top trims. Missing in action on all forms of Spark is a telescoping steering wheel. And sadly for those among Gen X or beyond, a CD player isn’t even an option as younger drivers store music on devices, not discs. Spark EV models have a DC fast charging unit that allows an 80 percent charge in 20 minutes. Safety features include 10 airbags, traction and stability control, and OnStar emergency services.
Optional EquipmentThe options list is rather short for the 2014 Spark, with major additions linked to the car’s six trim levels. Add-ons available are an engine block heater and dealer-installed accessories such as fog light kit, sport grille, and colorful interior trim kits. Navigation is now available in the Spark, purchasable via the downloadable BringGo app that works with smartphones.
Under the Hood

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Engine photo2014 Spark models use a 1.2-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 84 horsepower and is linked to a 5-speed manual transmission or a new CVT automatic. All Spark models are front-wheel drive and can run on regular unleaded gasoline. Spark EV models use an electric motor that makes 130 horsepower and a prodigious 400 lb-ft of torque. On a full charge it has a rated range of 82 miles. Charging times range from a mere 20 minutes using a scarce (for now) DC Fast Charging unit, to 20 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. In between is a more reasonable 7 hours on a 240-volt line.

1.2-liter inline-4
84 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
83 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/39 mpg (manual), 30/39 mpg (automatic)

Electric motor
21kWh lithium-ion battery pack
130 horsepower
400 lb-ft of torque
Projected range per charge: 82 miles

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a tantalizing Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) price starting just under $13,000. That’s not the very lowest price for a new car, but it’s close. (The 2014 Nissan Versa sedan wears the budget crown with a starting price of $12,780.) Go for a top-line Spark with automatic transmission, and you’re still looking at a number just over $17,000, which enters the territory of the larger Chevy Sonic. The Spark’s starting price is a couple hundred less than that of the Smart Fortwo and about $3,000 less than the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ. A Spark EV also looks like a bargain among electric vehicles, with a starting price of $27,497 that drops to $19,995 when factoring in the $7,500 federal income tax credit. The Spark’s resale value is expected to be slightly above that of the Fiat 500, but below the leader in this tiny class, the Scion iQ.

 

2014 Chevrolet Spark
With four doors, four seats and surprising roominess, the small Spark is the most practical mini car available. And along with its Chevy Sonic sibling, it was the first vehicle to offer Siri Eyes Free integration, giving iPhone owners the ability to dictate text messages with the push of a button on the steering wheel, for instance.
Get Your Fair Purchase PriceSee actual transaction prices, explore total cost to own, projected resale value and more. See what you should pay.
2014 Chevrolet Spark Review

The Spark is Chevrolet’s U.S. entry into the minicar market, a niche that’s slowly growing as more buyers look for high-mileage, low-cost vehicles that feel at home in crowded cities. Though it only debuted in 2013, Chevy has enhanced the Spark for 2014 with a new automatic transmission that increases fuel economy to 39 mpg in an effort to top rivals such as the Scion iQ, Fiat 500, andSmart Fortwo. For those never wanting to visit a gas station, there’s the all-electric Spark EV initially for sale in California and Oregon. With two rear seats and slightly larger dimensions than its rivals, the Spark is easier to live with. It’s at home in the city, but those who log many highway miles should look to something larger.

You’ll Like This Car If…Numbers are appealing here, specifically a sub-$13,000 starting price and 39-mpg highway fuel-economy rating. Equally appealing are the Spark’s style and a size that’s big enough to hold four passengers yet tiny enough to park where other cars can’t.
You May Not Like This Car If…Tiny cars often get nervous at higher speeds. If you spend a lot of time on the highway, take a look at slightly larger but still budget-friendly and fuel-efficient cars like the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, or the Spark’s larger sibling, the Sonic. All feel more stable on freeways.

2014 Chevrolet Spark Low/wide front photoWhat’s New for 2014A more efficient CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) replaces the 4-speed in models with an automatic transmission, and all Spark minicars gain automatic headlight control. Navigation is now available through a smartphone-enabled app. The all-electric Spark EV is new for 2014 and has a range of 82 miles.

Driving the Spark
2014 Chevrolet Spark Front angle view photo

Driving ImpressionsThanks to its small size and low weight, the Chevy Spark feels zippy and nimble. The Spark’s 83 horsepower from its tiny 1.2-liter engine may not sound like much, but…

it’s enough to move this sub-2,400-pound car in and around traffic. The Spark is tossable in corners, but body roll is present. Wind and road noise are apparent in the cabin, but we didn’t have to shout to carry on conversations. At higher speeds such as freeway driving, the Spark can feel jumpy. The Spark EV packs a powerful punch with a whopping 400 lb-ft of torque coming from its electric motor. That kind of oomph is enough to make the electric car zip to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds, while its heavier curb weight and sport-tuned suspension make it feel more planted.

Favorite Features

CHEVROLET MyLink
Chevy’s MyLink telematics system boasts a 7-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and telephone with voice recognition. Those with iPhones can even use a specialized version of Siri voice command with it.

MOTORCYCLE-INSPIRED INSTRUMENT PANEL
Complementing the Spark’s futuristic design is the motorcycle-inspired instrument panel that displays a digital tachometer and trip odometer as well as a large analog speedometer illuminated by a blue glow.

2014 Chevrolet Spark Details

2014 Chevrolet Spark Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photoInteriorThe Spark’s cabin is small, but there is enough room for four adults. The rear seats are easier to access and offer more legroom than those of the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ (the Smart Fortwo seats just two). The 11.4-cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat isn’t vast, but it’s more than what’s offered in the 500 and iQ. Fold the 60/40-split seats, and that space nearly triples. Style-wise, the Spark aims for hip with a motorcycle-like instrument panel and luminescent dials. Plastic and cloth are the materials of choice in base models, but visual and tactile pop can be gained with colorful trim kits, a 7-inch touchscreen display and faux leather seating. EV models have an additional high-resolution screen in front of the driver to show range and other pertinent info.

Exterior

2014 Chevrolet Spark photo

From a distance, you may have trouble telling the Chevy Spark apart from its Sonic hatchback sibling. Like that also-diminutive car, the Spark is has a wedge-like design and unique details such as hidden handles in the rear doors. Step closer, though, and you’ll notice the Spark’s taller profile, larger headlight housings, and even-smaller dimensions. We think the Sonic has the edge in aesthetics among Chevy’s subcompacts, but it’s also over $2,500 more. Spark EV models have a chrome 2-tier grille that is closed to reduce airflow, a rear spoiler, and aero-optimized mirrors for the greatest efficiency.

Notable Equipment
Standard EquipmentThe 2014 Chevrolet Spark isn’t as Spartan as some may surmise. Even a base Spark minicar comes with air conditioning, power windows, a 4-speaker AM/FM radio with auxiliary input, and 15-inch wheels. Higher trims add a 7-inch touch-screen command center, cruise control, power door locks and mirrors, and leatherette on top trims. Missing in action on all forms of Spark is a telescoping steering wheel. And sadly for those among Gen X or beyond, a CD player isn’t even an option as younger drivers store music on devices, not discs. Spark EV models have a DC fast charging unit that allows an 80 percent charge in 20 minutes. Safety features include 10 airbags, traction and stability control, and OnStar emergency services.
Optional EquipmentThe options list is rather short for the 2014 Spark, with major additions linked to the car’s six trim levels. Add-ons available are an engine block heater and dealer-installed accessories such as fog light kit, sport grille, and colorful interior trim kits. Navigation is now available in the Spark, purchasable via the downloadable BringGo app that works with smartphones.
Under the Hood

2014 Chevrolet Spark Engine photo2014 Spark models use a 1.2-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 84 horsepower and is linked to a 5-speed manual transmission or a new CVT automatic. All Spark models are front-wheel drive and can run on regular unleaded gasoline. Spark EV models use an electric motor that makes 130 horsepower and a prodigious 400 lb-ft of torque. On a full charge it has a rated range of 82 miles. Charging times range from a mere 20 minutes using a scarce (for now) DC Fast Charging unit, to 20 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. In between is a more reasonable 7 hours on a 240-volt line.

1.2-liter inline-4
84 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
83 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/39 mpg (manual), 30/39 mpg (automatic)

Electric motor
21kWh lithium-ion battery pack
130 horsepower
400 lb-ft of torque
Projected range per charge: 82 miles

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a tantalizing Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) price starting just under $13,000. That’s not the very lowest price for a new car, but it’s close. (The 2014 Nissan Versa sedan wears the budget crown with a starting price of $12,780.) Go for a top-line Spark with automatic transmission, and you’re still looking at a number just over $17,000, which enters the territory of the larger Chevy Sonic. The Spark’s starting price is a couple hundred less than that of the Smart Fortwo and about $3,000 less than the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ. A Spark EV also looks like a bargain among electric vehicles, with a starting price of $27,497 that drops to $19,995 when factoring in the $7,500 federal income tax credit. The Spark’s resale value is expected to be slightly above that of the Fiat 500, but below the leader in this tiny class, the Scion iQ.

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  Kelly Blue Book:  10 Most Affordable Cars of 2014

 

The all-electric Spark carries the highest sticker price of all the cars on this list, but a $7,500 federal tax credit and zero appetite for gasoline help make it the most affordable car of 2014 from a 5-Year Cost to Own perspective.
2014 Chevrolet Spark Overview

Get Your Fair Purchase PriceSee actual transaction prices, explore total cost to own, projected resale value and more.See what you should pay
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Review

The Spark is Chevrolet’s U.S. entry into the minicar market, a niche that’s slowly growing as more buyers look for high-mileage, low-cost vehicles that feel at home in crowded cities. Though it only debuted in 2013, Chevy has enhanced the Spark for 2014 with a new automatic transmission that increases fuel economy to 39 mpg in an effort to top rivals such as the Scion iQ, Fiat 500, and Smart Fortwo.

For those never wanting to visit a gas station, there’s the all-electric Spark EV initially for sale in California and Oregon. With two rear seats and slightly larger dimensions than its rivals, the Spark is easier to live with. It’s at home in the city, but those who log many highway miles should look to something larger.

You’ll Like This Car If…Numbers are appealing here, specifically a sub-$13,000 starting price and 39-mpg highway fuel-economy rating. Equally appealing are the Spark’s style and a size that’s big enough to hold four passengers yet tiny enough to park where other cars can’t.
You May Not Like This Car If…Tiny cars often get nervous at higher speeds. If you spend a lot of time on the highway, take a look at slightly larger but still budget-friendly and fuel-efficient cars like the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, or the Spark’s larger sibling, the Sonic. All feel more stable on freeways.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Low/wide front photoWhat’s New for 2014A more efficient CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) replaces the 4-speed in models with an automatic transmission, and all Spark minicars gain automatic headlight control. Navigation is now available through a smartphone-enabled app. The all-electric Spark EV is new for 2014 and has a range of 82 miles.

Driving the Spark EV
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Front angle view photo

Driving ImpressionsThanks to its small size and low weight, the Chevy Spark feels zippy and nimble. The Spark’s 83 horsepower from its tiny 1.2-liter engine may not sound like much, but…

it’s enough to move this sub-2,400-pound car in and around traffic. The Spark is tossable in corners, but body roll is present. Wind and road noise are apparent in the cabin, but we didn’t have to shout to carry on conversations. At higher speeds such as freeway driving, the Spark can feel jumpy. The Spark EV packs a powerful punch with a whopping 400 lb-ft of torque coming from its electric motor. That kind of oomph is enough to make theelectric car zip to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds, while its heavier curb weight and sport-tuned suspension make it feel more planted.

Favorite Features

CHEVROLET MyLink
Chevy’s MyLink telematics system boasts a 7-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and telephone with voice recognition. Those with iPhones can even use a specialized version of Siri voice command with it.

MOTORCYCLE-INSPIRED INSTRUMENT PANEL
Complementing the Spark’s futuristic design is the motorcycle-inspired instrument panel that displays a digital tachometer and trip odometer as well as a large analog speedometer illuminated by a blue glow.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Details

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photoInteriorThe Spark’s cabin is small, but there is enough room for four adults. The rear seats are easier to access and offer more legroom than those of the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ (the Smart Fortwo seats just two). The 11.4-cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat isn’t vast, but it’s more than what’s offered in the 500 and iQ. Fold the 60/40-split seats, and that space nearly triples. Style-wise, the Spark aims for hip with a motorcycle-like instrument panel and luminescent dials. Plastic and cloth are the materials of choice in base models, but visual and tactile pop can be gained with colorful trim kits, a 7-inch touchscreen display and faux leather seating. EV models have an additional high-resolution screen in front of the driver to show range and other pertinent info.

Exterior

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV photo

From a distance, you may have trouble telling the Chevy Spark apart from its Sonic hatchback sibling. Like that also-diminutive car, the Spark is has a wedge-like design and unique details such as hidden handles in the rear doors. Step closer, though, and you’ll notice the Spark’s taller profile, larger headlight housings, and even-smaller dimensions. We think the Sonic has the edge in aesthetics among Chevy’s subcompacts, but it’s also over $2,500 more. Spark EV models have a chrome 2-tier grille that is closed to reduce airflow, a rear spoiler, and aero-optimized mirrors for the greatest efficiency.

Notable Equipment
Standard EquipmentThe 2014 Chevrolet Spark isn’t as Spartan as some may surmise. Even a base Spark minicar comes with air conditioning, power windows, a 4-speaker AM/FM radio with auxiliary input, and 15-inch wheels. Higher trims add a 7-inch touch-screen command center, cruise control, power door locks and mirrors, and leatherette on top trims. Missing in action on all forms of Spark is a telescoping steering wheel. And sadly for those among Gen X or beyond, a CD player isn’t even an option as younger drivers store music on devices, not discs. Spark EV models have a DC fast charging unit that allows an 80 percent charge in 20 minutes. Safety features include 10 airbags, traction and stability control, and OnStar emergency services.
Optional EquipmentThe options list is rather short for the 2014 Spark, with major additions linked to the car’s six trim levels. Add-ons available are an engine block heater and dealer-installed accessories such as fog light kit, sport grille, and colorful interior trim kits. Navigation is now available in the Spark, purchasable via the downloadable BringGo app that works with smartphones.
Under the Hood

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Engine photo2014 Spark models use a 1.2-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 84 horsepower and is linked to a 5-speed manual transmission or a new CVT automatic. All Spark models are front-wheel drive and can run on regular unleaded gasoline. Spark EV models use an electric motor that makes 130 horsepower and a prodigious 400 lb-ft of torque. On a full charge it has a rated range of 82 miles. Charging times range from a mere 20 minutes using a scarce (for now) DC Fast Charging unit, to 20 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. In between is a more reasonable 7 hours on a 240-volt line.

1.2-liter inline-4
84 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
83 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/39 mpg (manual), 30/39 mpg (automatic)

Electric motor
21kWh lithium-ion battery pack
130 horsepower
400 lb-ft of torque
Projected range per charge: 82 miles

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a tantalizing Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) price starting just under $13,000. That’s not the very lowest price for a new car, but it’s close. (The 2014 Nissan Versa sedan wears the budget crown with a starting price of $12,780.) Go for a top-line Spark with automatic transmission, and you’re still looking at a number just over $17,000, which enters the territory of the larger Chevy Sonic. The Spark’s starting price is a couple hundred less than that of the Smart Fortwo and about $3,000 less than the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ. A Spark EV also looks like a bargain among electric vehicles, with a starting price of $27,497 that drops to $19,995 when factoring in the $7,500 federal income tax credit. The Spark’s resale value is expected to be slightly above that of the Fiat 500, but below the leader in this tiny class, the Scion iQ.

 

2014 Chevrolet Spark
With four doors, four seats and surprising roominess, the small Spark is the most practical mini car available. And along with its Chevy Sonic sibling, it was the first vehicle to offer Siri Eyes Free integration, giving iPhone owners the ability to dictate text messages with the push of a button on the steering wheel, for instance.
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2014 Chevrolet Spark Review

The Spark is Chevrolet’s U.S. entry into the minicar market, a niche that’s slowly growing as more buyers look for high-mileage, low-cost vehicles that feel at home in crowded cities. Though it only debuted in 2013, Chevy has enhanced the Spark for 2014 with a new automatic transmission that increases fuel economy to 39 mpg in an effort to top rivals such as the Scion iQ, Fiat 500, andSmart Fortwo. For those never wanting to visit a gas station, there’s the all-electric Spark EV initially for sale in California and Oregon. With two rear seats and slightly larger dimensions than its rivals, the Spark is easier to live with. It’s at home in the city, but those who log many highway miles should look to something larger.

You’ll Like This Car If…Numbers are appealing here, specifically a sub-$13,000 starting price and 39-mpg highway fuel-economy rating. Equally appealing are the Spark’s style and a size that’s big enough to hold four passengers yet tiny enough to park where other cars can’t.
You May Not Like This Car If…Tiny cars often get nervous at higher speeds. If you spend a lot of time on the highway, take a look at slightly larger but still budget-friendly and fuel-efficient cars like the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, or the Spark’s larger sibling, the Sonic. All feel more stable on freeways.

2014 Chevrolet Spark Low/wide front photoWhat’s New for 2014A more efficient CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) replaces the 4-speed in models with an automatic transmission, and all Spark minicars gain automatic headlight control. Navigation is now available through a smartphone-enabled app. The all-electric Spark EV is new for 2014 and has a range of 82 miles.

Driving the Spark
2014 Chevrolet Spark Front angle view photo

Driving ImpressionsThanks to its small size and low weight, the Chevy Spark feels zippy and nimble. The Spark’s 83 horsepower from its tiny 1.2-liter engine may not sound like much, but…

it’s enough to move this sub-2,400-pound car in and around traffic. The Spark is tossable in corners, but body roll is present. Wind and road noise are apparent in the cabin, but we didn’t have to shout to carry on conversations. At higher speeds such as freeway driving, the Spark can feel jumpy. The Spark EV packs a powerful punch with a whopping 400 lb-ft of torque coming from its electric motor. That kind of oomph is enough to make the electric car zip to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds, while its heavier curb weight and sport-tuned suspension make it feel more planted.

Favorite Features

CHEVROLET MyLink
Chevy’s MyLink telematics system boasts a 7-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and telephone with voice recognition. Those with iPhones can even use a specialized version of Siri voice command with it.

MOTORCYCLE-INSPIRED INSTRUMENT PANEL
Complementing the Spark’s futuristic design is the motorcycle-inspired instrument panel that displays a digital tachometer and trip odometer as well as a large analog speedometer illuminated by a blue glow.

2014 Chevrolet Spark Details

2014 Chevrolet Spark Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photoInteriorThe Spark’s cabin is small, but there is enough room for four adults. The rear seats are easier to access and offer more legroom than those of the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ (the Smart Fortwo seats just two). The 11.4-cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat isn’t vast, but it’s more than what’s offered in the 500 and iQ. Fold the 60/40-split seats, and that space nearly triples. Style-wise, the Spark aims for hip with a motorcycle-like instrument panel and luminescent dials. Plastic and cloth are the materials of choice in base models, but visual and tactile pop can be gained with colorful trim kits, a 7-inch touchscreen display and faux leather seating. EV models have an additional high-resolution screen in front of the driver to show range and other pertinent info.

Exterior

2014 Chevrolet Spark photo

From a distance, you may have trouble telling the Chevy Spark apart from its Sonic hatchback sibling. Like that also-diminutive car, the Spark is has a wedge-like design and unique details such as hidden handles in the rear doors. Step closer, though, and you’ll notice the Spark’s taller profile, larger headlight housings, and even-smaller dimensions. We think the Sonic has the edge in aesthetics among Chevy’s subcompacts, but it’s also over $2,500 more. Spark EV models have a chrome 2-tier grille that is closed to reduce airflow, a rear spoiler, and aero-optimized mirrors for the greatest efficiency.

Notable Equipment
Standard EquipmentThe 2014 Chevrolet Spark isn’t as Spartan as some may surmise. Even a base Spark minicar comes with air conditioning, power windows, a 4-speaker AM/FM radio with auxiliary input, and 15-inch wheels. Higher trims add a 7-inch touch-screen command center, cruise control, power door locks and mirrors, and leatherette on top trims. Missing in action on all forms of Spark is a telescoping steering wheel. And sadly for those among Gen X or beyond, a CD player isn’t even an option as younger drivers store music on devices, not discs. Spark EV models have a DC fast charging unit that allows an 80 percent charge in 20 minutes. Safety features include 10 airbags, traction and stability control, and OnStar emergency services.
Optional EquipmentThe options list is rather short for the 2014 Spark, with major additions linked to the car’s six trim levels. Add-ons available are an engine block heater and dealer-installed accessories such as fog light kit, sport grille, and colorful interior trim kits. Navigation is now available in the Spark, purchasable via the downloadable BringGo app that works with smartphones.
Under the Hood

2014 Chevrolet Spark Engine photo2014 Spark models use a 1.2-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 84 horsepower and is linked to a 5-speed manual transmission or a new CVT automatic. All Spark models are front-wheel drive and can run on regular unleaded gasoline. Spark EV models use an electric motor that makes 130 horsepower and a prodigious 400 lb-ft of torque. On a full charge it has a rated range of 82 miles. Charging times range from a mere 20 minutes using a scarce (for now) DC Fast Charging unit, to 20 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. In between is a more reasonable 7 hours on a 240-volt line.

1.2-liter inline-4
84 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
83 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/39 mpg (manual), 30/39 mpg (automatic)

Electric motor
21kWh lithium-ion battery pack
130 horsepower
400 lb-ft of torque
Projected range per charge: 82 miles

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a tantalizing Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) price starting just under $13,000. That’s not the very lowest price for a new car, but it’s close. (The 2014 Nissan Versa sedan wears the budget crown with a starting price of $12,780.) Go for a top-line Spark with automatic transmission, and you’re still looking at a number just over $17,000, which enters the territory of the larger Chevy Sonic. The Spark’s starting price is a couple hundred less than that of the Smart Fortwo and about $3,000 less than the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ. A Spark EV also looks like a bargain among electric vehicles, with a starting price of $27,497 that drops to $19,995 when factoring in the $7,500 federal income tax credit. The Spark’s resale value is expected to be slightly above that of the Fiat 500, but below the leader in this tiny class, the Scion iQ.

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