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The success of the 2014 Chevrolet Spark, and how it fits right into a niche that didn’t exist just a few years ago, serves as a reminder that small-car tastes sure have changed. Interest in small cars has surged over the past several years; factor in the idea that, for younger people, smartphones and disconnectedness often come before wheels. In all, you end up with a new batch of small cars like the Spark, for which styling and features aren’t thrown to the wayside.
Addressing both of those new concerns is the Spark, which is a very small five-door hatchback that, at exactly three feet shorter than the Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan, fits into the city in ways that few other cars on the market do. But with somewhat more ‘grown-up’ proportions than most other cars in this class, the Spark doesn’t quite look as small as it is at first–provided you haven’t parked it next to a Chevy Suburban, that is. Overall, accent lines, black-plastic panels that continue the window line, and a large Chevy twin-opening grille help to hide the slab-sided, snub-nosed box-on-wheels look. A long roof spoiler extends to frame the rear window opening, giving depth to the rear and improving the Spark’s aerodynamics, too.