The 2014 Chevy Spark is 144.7 inches long, weighs less than 2,400 lbs and is 62.9 inches wide (sans mirrors). It has 10 airbags, and costs (base) $12,170. It gets 31 mpg city (manual) and 39 mpg highway. It is one of the smallest cars sold in North America that can hold four people.
Read more about the Chevrolet Spark (here).
It’s positively tiny and, as such, it is downright massive – compared to the 1980s.
The Dodge Colt (pictured) is estimated to be a ’81 – ’83 model year, small runabout. The Dodge Colt made 64 to 80 horsepower and weighed several hundred pounds less than the Chevy Spark and it had very few safety features. Despite this, the Dodge Colt sold well and gave Mitsubishi a foothold in North America.
These fourth-generation Colts were known to be some of the most frugal for their time and were pretty fun to drive, especially the later, sporty GTS versions. Both Plymouth and Dodge used the “Colt” name and the Colt predated the “Mirage.”
Both cars are a laugh through the corners. Both cars are tiny and both cars are tiny.
What’s fascinating is the comparison people immediately draw between the Chevy Spark and higher-end cars like the Ford Fiesta. If anything, the Chevy Spark looks like a good competitor against the likes of the Scion IQ, FIAT 500 and (maybe) the Smart Car. Compared to the early 1980s Dodge Colt, it’s a Mercedes Benz S-Class.