Bigger is always better, right? That’s not entirely the case, as we see with the 2022 Chevy Spark, a subcompact hatchback laden with personality, convenience, and modern technology that makes it versatile, efficient, and fun to drive. But how exactly did the Spark originate in America where everything is supersized to satiate our ever-growing appetite for more, for bigger, and for better?
With American roads overrun with sedans, trucks, and SUVs, Chevrolet saw a vacancy in its lineup. Commuters needed a city-sized car that was efficient and easy to maneuver in town, while newer drivers or those on a strict budget needed a more affordable car that wouldn’t require them to sacrifice modern technology and conveniences for affordability. In 2011, those needs were answered when Chevrolet debuted the Spark subcompact car.
Making its official debut on American roads in 2013, the Spark has held a coveted place in the Chevy lineup ever since. Today, the 2022 model builds on the Spark’s legacy and offers more personality than ever before, with ten unique exterior color options and a Spark Special Edition that’s complete with a two-tone roof. Its suite of advanced technology and safety features add to its value and prove that bigger isn’t always better, at least not when it comes to a mini-hatchback like the Spark.
Chevy is known for building reliable and affordable vehicles, but that reaches a new level with the 2022 Spark. Starting at just $13,600, the Spark LS is an outstanding value because of everything it offers right off the production line.* It comes equipped with a 7-inch digital color touchscreen display that’s home to the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System and smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The display is also home to the standard rear vision camera that gives you a clear view behind the Spark and makes the hatchback easier to maneuver in reverse.
The Spark 1LT builds on the LS and adds 15-inch alloy wheels to distinguish the trim from the entry-level LS. Overall, the 1LT is focused on driver conveniences and adds power windows and power locks to the Spark, as well as steering-wheel-mounted controls that give you easier access to your phone, the audio system, and cruise control. The Spark’s remote keyless entry and remote panic alarm add another layer of convenience and safety to the hatchback.
For those looking for a sportier style, the Spark ACTIV is a great option with its exclusive 15-inch alloy wheels, front grille, and rear fascia. Equipped with roof rails for a unique exterior aesthetic, the ACTIV’s inside is trimmed with black leatherette and adds heated front seats that make driving in colder weather far more enjoyable. The top-tier 2LT also features heated seats and leatherette trim but adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver accents. You’ll also enjoy keyless open and keyless start, which eliminates the need to dig for your keys constantly.
The 2022 Spark Special Edition is impressive and makes the Spark sophisticated and stylish. Sitting on 15-inch black-painted alloy wheels with a machined finish, the Spark Special Edition is instantly recognizable with its two-tone painted roof, black-painted grille, and black grille surround. You’ll find accent-color mirror caps as well as black Chevrolet badging around the vehicle. Accent-color daytime running lamp bezels complete the special edition design.
The 2022 Spark inspires confidence when you’re behind the wheel with its impressive suite of safety features that actively and passively work to enhance your safety whether you’re cruising down the highway, navigating rush-hour traffic, or running errands in town. Built around a high-strength steel safety cage, the Spark comes with ten standard airbags that are strategically placed throughout the cabin to keep you and your passengers safe in the event of a collision. Frontal and knee airbags protect you and your front passenger, while seat-mounted side-impact airbags and head-curtain airbags protect every seating position. The Spark’s Passenger Sensing System automatically activates the front passenger airbag when it senses weight in the seat, making the airbag deployable in a collision.
With the Spark’s airbags working behind the scenes to keep you safe, you’ll find plenty of other features that engineer confidence and peace of mind when you’re on the road. The StabiliTrak electronic stability control system maximizes the Spark’s traction in all road conditions while the rear vision camera gives you a clear view behind the Spark at all times, and the tire pressure monitoring system alerts you to low tire pressure. Hill Start Assist eliminates the risk of rolling backward on a hill when you’re trying to accelerate by keeping the Spark safely in its position as you move your foot from the brake to the accelerator.
Beyond these unique features, you’ll also find plenty of driver-assist tools that enhance your visibility and minimize the potential for collision. You can equip the Spark with Automatic Emergency Braking, which can bring the hatchback to an emergency stop or enhance your braking when a collision is imminent. Lane Departure Warning helps you keep the Spark centered in its lane, while Rear Park Assist takes the guesswork out of backing into a parking space. Forward Collision Alert works in conjunction with Automatic Emergency Braking and constantly monitors the traffic ahead, notifying you of potential collisions so that you have enough time to react.
The 2022 Chevy Spark doesn’t require you to sacrifice modern technology for affordability. You see this firsthand in the Spark’s standard 7-inch color touchscreen display that’s home to the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System. The display is a hub of technology and gives you access to the Spark’s standard rearview camera and an available Wi-Fi hotspot that keeps you and your passengers connected while you’re on the road. The display also offers hassle-free smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, allowing you to stream your favorite music, make calls, respond to messages, navigate the quickest route, and more using simple voice commands or the intuitive display.
Beyond the center touchscreen display, you’ll find the Spark comes standard with a traditional gauge display behind the steering wheel. However, you can upgrade this to a more modern design. Models like the Spark LT offer an Enhanced Driver Information Center with a monochromatic display, while the ACTIV comes with a reconfigurable display that you can customize to your needs. Both displays put vital information within view from warning messages and vehicle info to the speedometer, tachometer, engine temperature, fuel level, mileage, and trip logs.
For 2022, Chevy extends the Spark’s connectivity features to include Connected Services, which makes owning a hatchback like the Spark more enjoyable. The service gives you access to the myChevrolet Mobile app, where you’ll find vehicle diagnostics for the Spark, which helps you stay on top of routine maintenance needs like oil changes and tire rotations. The app also makes it easy to schedule appointments with your Chevrolet service department, eliminating the need to make multiple trips or phone calls to set an appointment.
Through Chevy’s Connected Services, you can enjoy features like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, as well as the innovative Marketplace, a first in the industry. When accessed via a compatible Chevrolet Infotainment System, the Marketplace allows you to shop with your favorite merchants, such as restaurants, gas stations, and more, via the center touchscreen display. This makes it easy to order and pay for food and even prepay for fuel when you’re in a hurry to get from Point A to Point B.