Chevrolet’s first mini car for the North American market, the 2013 Spark, recently fell into the hands of the EPA. After the economy experts were finished with the super subcompact, the little hatchback returned with official fuel mileage ratings. When equipped with the five speed manual transmission, the sub 100 horsepower Spark will be good for an average 38 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg in the city. For buyers looking for just two pedals, the optional four speed automatic should return a mileage split of 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the freeway.
The Spark has been sold globally for years now but this summer, it is finally making its way to the U.S. and Canada. Equipped with a 83 horsepower 1.2 liter inline four cylinder, the Chevy is a relative light weight and in theory, should be able to break into the 40 mpg club. Why it capped out at 38 mpg is, in all honesty, strange given the car’s size and output but more than likely, its gearing is to blame.
Source: Car and Driver
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