2013 Chevrolet Spark Real World Fuel Economy Testing

2013 Chevrolet Spark New London, PEI
The Chevrolet Spark In New London, Prince Edward Island, 
Birthplace Of Lucy Maud Montgomery, Who Was Not Born On Great Big Sea
The GCBC Driven review of Chevrolet's smallest car will be published soon, but here's a sneak peek. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ratings suggest the automatic-equipped Spark will travel 28 miles on a gallon of gasoline in the city and 37 on the highway. 

In our testing of the Spark - which was mostly driven on the highway - we travelled 38.7 miles per gallon. Rounded up, that's two mpg better than what Chevrolet says the Spark can do. These numbers were measured at the pump, not by the on-board computer. The Spark told us it achieved 6.3 L/100km, or 37.3 miles per gallon.

How'd I do it? Instead of travelling over Nova Scotia's very hilly Cobequid Pass, we took the old, slightly less hilly highway through beautiful Wentworth Valley. That might have helped for two reasons: fewer hills and a lower speed limit. Cruise control was used as much as possible. I might not have been smack dab on the 110 kmh (68 mph) speed limit for the majority of the trip's near 1000 kilometres, but I wasn't much beyond. And once we arrived in Prince Edward Island, "highway" speeds were often restricted to 80 or 90 kmh, just 50-55 mph.
2013 Chevrolet Spark sunset Victoria-By-The-Sea, PEI
The Chevrolet Spark In Victoria-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island, 
Birthplace Of The Grandmother Of GoodCarBadCar's Photographer 
All Photo Credits: Steffani Cain ©www.GoodCarBadCar.net
Still, the Spark was loaded with two adults, a rather small Labrador Retriever, and enough stuff to completely fill the seats-folded cargo area. Temperatures were barely above freezing for most of the trip. And almost all of the PEI tour's 200 kilometres were done with four adults aboard.

As many factors as there were contributing to favourable conditions for ultimate Chevrolet Spark efficiency, there were factors that could have limited its ability to match its EPA ratings. 

And for readers who are wondering why we're not talking about Natural Resource Canada's numbers, the ones published by the Office Of Energy Efficiency, well... they're a joke. Not a funny joke, either. The OEE's numbers suggest the automatic-trans Spark could achieve 5.2 L/100km on the highway, equal to 45.2 miles per gallon. 

In other words, we easily beat the EPA's highway ratings but didn't come close to matching the Canadian numbers. 

2013 Chevrolet Spark
March 14-23, 2013
Total Kilometers
937
Total Miles
582
Litres Consumed ($1.352/litre)
56.988
Gallons Consumed ($5.118/gallon)
15.055
Overall L/100 Kilometers 
6.08
Overall Miles Per Gallon
38.7
Cost Per Kilometer
$0.08
Cost Per Mile
$0.13
EPA MPG Combined
32
EPA MPG City
28
EPA MPG Highway
37
EPA MPG Combined 
Converted To L/100km
7.4
EPA MPG City
Converted To L/100km
8.4
EPA MPG Highway
Converted To L/100km
6.4

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4 comments:

  1. Hmm...wouldnt EPA rating of 37 mpg be equivalent to 43.8 miles per imperial gallon...which means the Spark didn't surpass the EPA rating either in real-world test? Interesting read! Was on PEI same weekend, great drive!

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  2. You've misunderstood something. The Spark consumed 56.988 litres, equal to 15.055 U.S. gallons. The Spark travelled 937 kilometres, equal to 582 miles. 582 miles divided by 15.055 gallons is 38.7 miles per U.S. gallon, 1.7 miles farther per gallon than the EPA estimates for highway driving.

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  3. How many miles/km on the test car at start? Some cars don't give their best gas mileage until over 5000 miles and my 2008 Toyota Yaris kept improving until almost 10,000 miles.

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  4. Good question. The Spark had more than 8000 kilometres on the odo.

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