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What’s New for the 2018 Chevrolet Spark?
Finding the right subcompact car to purchase is easier to do when you stop by Midway Chevy to examine the sporty 2018 Chevy Spark. This may be a smaller hatchback, but it is loaded with exceptional style on the inside and out that appeals to many drivers. For drivers who fell in love with last year’s model, you will love the fact that Chevrolet made no significant changes to the interior or exterior styles in the 2018 version. It retains its appealing exterior available in many color options as well as its clean, modern interior design. Because there are various trim levels available for this model year, car shoppers should make plans to view the various options in person at Midway Chevy before deciding which vehicle to buy.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Every Spark has a feeble four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels through either a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Thankfully, the gearless automatic manages power well without droning engine noise. While the version we tested was responsive at low speeds around town, be prepared to wait as it moseys up to higher speeds. This diminutive hatchback is definitely not designed for long road trips, but it’s effective and quiet in the city. The Spark is easy to thread through slow-moving traffic, with quick lateral movements and stable motions. Its short wheelbase aids maneuverability in tight spaces without compromising ride quality. Still, the Chevy was bouncy on uneven surfaces, and the harshest bumps were barely isolated. However, rattles and road noise were more subdued than in rival economy cars. The Spark’s steering felt direct and communicated the road surface to the driver’s hand. It was also relaxed at highway speeds and made changing lanes easy without feeling twitchy. The firm brake pedal had strong responses that helped scrub speed quickly and consistently.
Chevy Spark Safety Features
There are numerous reasons the Spark has done so well in crash test ratings historically. For one thing, the frame of the vehicle is a high-strength steel safety cage. It also offers a wide variety of safety features that help minimize the impact of potential crashes. The new 2022 Chevy Spark includes important safety features like anti-lock brakes, stability control, and seatbelt pretensioners, among other things.
One of the most impressive things about the 2022 Spark is the airbag coverage within the vehicle. There are front impact airbags to protect the driver and passenger during frontal collisions. There are also side-impact airbags, overhead airbags, and knee airbags to help protect the passengers from every angle and at every part of the body. Overall, the 2022 Spark comes standard with 10 airbags.
Active Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Accidents happen, so it’s important to be protected with safety features like the ones mentioned above. Better yet, though, the 2022 Spark offers a wide variety of active safety features to help prevent accidents in the first place. When you buy the 2022 Spark, here’s what you can expect:
- Standard Rear Vision Camera – Many accidents happen while the vehicle is in reverse, and this gives the driver better vision.
- Available Automatic Emergency Braking – The vehicle can start braking or supplement the driver’s braking when necessary to prevent or mitigate collisions.
- Available Lane Departure Warning – Receive an alert if you start to drift.
- Available Rear Park Assist – Struggle to back into a spot even in such a small vehicle? The Spark can help!
- Available Forward Collision Alert – The vehicle will provide a warning if it detects a potential collision to the front of the vehicle.
- Available OnStart Automatic Crash Response – If a crash is detected, the vehicle can call for help automatically.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Even the entry-level Spark has a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen with a Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The infotainment screen is primarily controlled by touch, but a useful rotary volume knob and redundant buttons are conveniently located. A pair of USB ports and a 12-volt outlet are situated below the center stack.
Recommended Safety Technologies
These features have been either verified by NHTSA or reported by the vehicle manufacturers as meeting NHTSA’s performance criteria.
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
- Optional Driver Confidence Package
- This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
- Autobrake not tested.
Chevrolet Spark Safety
While you are taking this small car out for a test drive, you may notice how safe you feel behind the wheel. Despite its small size, this five-door hatchback has an astounding ten airbags throughout the cabin. Other standard safety equipment available in all trims for 2018 are safety seat latches in the rear row, traction control, StabiliTrak stability control, braking assistance, hill-start assistance, anti-locking brakes, a rearview camera and more. For shoppers who buy the 2018 Spark 2LT, rear park assist is a standard safety feature. Optional safety equipment available for the 2LT are lane departure and forward-collision alerts. The 2018 Chevy Spark was reviewed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and this organization rated the Spark as Good for the moderate-overlap front crash test. Good is the highest rating available for safety tests conducted by the IIHS.