There are quite a few options on the market today when it comes to subcompact commuter vehicles. The 2020 Chevrolet Spark and the Toyota Yaris are worthy opponents in this arena. Here in Laconia, New Hampshire, our team at Cantin Chevrolet understands how hard it is to decide which vehicle may be best for you. We have put together a comparison of these two competitors to help make that decision a bit easier.
Price = Spark
Starting off with price, the Spark and Yaris are about $1,000 apart. The Spark has a base price of $16,620, whereas the Yaris comes in a bit higher, at $17,750.
The Spark gets up to an impressive 30 mpg City / 38 mpg Highway, compared to the slightly higher 32 mpg City / 40 mpg Highway the Yaris gets. The Yaris slightly edges out its competition in this category by a nearly insignificant two mpg’s.
Comfort / Technology = Spark
Both the Yaris and Spark offer some convenient features such as a 12V Power Outlet, 7” touchscreen with backup camera and Android Auto™ / Apple CarPlay® compatibility. However, the similarities for these areas stop there.
The Spark adds options like a Remote Hatch Release, Front Heated Seats, and a standard Navigation System. The Spark also has a greater amount of headroom as well as standard front armrests, whereas the Yaris doesn’t. Because the Spark is shorter and slimmer than the Yaris, it is also easier to maneuver and park, even in the smallest parking spots. The Spark also makes driving at night just a little easier than its competitor because of the dusk sensing headlights, which automatically turn on when the time is right.
If you are wanting to stay in your comfort zone, then the Yaris may be the right option for you. It does have the option to add a rear spoiler, however when it comes to color options, the seven neutral exterior color tones aren’t inspiring. When it comes to style, the Spark follows through with its name’s expectations. With an available roof spoiler, optional front sunroof, and ten spunky exterior color options including Passion Fruit, Red Hot, Orange Burst, Raspberry, and Caribbean Blue, it will add a spark back into your life.
It is hard to choose a leader in this category because it is based on your needs. If you are looking for a smaller, more agile car, the Spark is going to suit you better. With its slimmer body and seating for four passengers, it wasn’t designed to be the party car. The Yaris is slightly larger and has the capability to seat five passengers, making it less agile, yet more suitable for a group setting.
Both cars offer safety features like Stability Control, Electronic Brake Distribution, Hill Assist, Electronic Traction Control, and Front Airbags. Safety in a vehicle this small is imperative, which is why Chevrolet did such a good job at outfitting its Spark with extra features to help. Where the Yaris only has a Rear Camera, the Spark offers a Rear Park Assist Camera with Radar allowing for additional aid in parking. The Spark also comes with Front and Rear Side Airbags, whereas the Yaris only has Front Side Airbags. In the Spark you will also find Knee Airbags for both front passengers and unfortunately the Yaris only has Knee Airbags for the driver. The Spark takes things a bit farther by adding a Low Tire Pressure Warning, and Optional Lane Departure warning.
Both the Spark and Yaris share most of the same warranty coverage. As shown below:
Whole vehicle: 36 month / 36,000 miles
Powertrain: 60 month / 60,000 miles
Paint Warranty 36 month / 36,000 miles
However, the one aspect in which they vary is the Anti-Corrosion Warranty. The Yaris only provides a 60-month warranty for this whereas the Spark provides a whole extra year in this department.
Other than the Yaris’s slight advantage in fuel efficiency and its one additional seat, the Spark out performs it in every way. The Spark is truly the superior car for the comfort, style, safety, and technology it offers at a lower price point than the Yaris.