The 2021 Chevrolet Spark is still the cheapest car in the United States, boasting a bargain-basement MSRP of $14,395 for a base LS trim level model with the five-speed manual transmission.
There’s only one vehicle that can compete with the 2021 Chevrolet Spark when it comes to overall value and affordability: the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage. The Japanese automaker revealed the pricing for the updated Mirage this week, and GM will happy to see that while Mitsubishi can come close to matching the Spark’s impressive $14k base price, it still falls a bit short. The cheapest 2021 Mitsubsihi Mirage is the ES HB trim level with the standard five-speed manual transmission, which starts at $15,565 including destination. This price also includes the Mirage’s mandatory accessories, which include a $130 tonneau cover for hatchback models and $145 floor mats.
|Model||Transmission||MSRP||Other Fees||DFC||Total Price|
|Chevrolet Spark LS||5-speed manual||$13,400||$0||$995||$14,395|
|Chevrolet Spark LS||CV automatic||$14,500||$0||$995||$15,495|
|Mitsubishi Mirage ES HB||5-speed manual||$14,295||$275||$995||$15,565|
|Nissan Versa S||5-speed manual||$14,930||$0||$925||$15,855|
|Hyundai Accent SE||6-speed manual||$15,395||$0||$995||$16,390|
|Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES Sedan||5-speed manual||$15,295||$145||$995||$16,435|
|Kia Rio LX Sedan||CV automatic||$15,850||$0||$965||$16,815|
|Mitsubishi Mirage ES HB||CV automatic||$15,595||$275||$995||$16,865|
|Hyundai Accent SE||CV automatic||$15,395||$0||$995||$17,490|
|Nissan Versa S||CV automatic||$16,600||$0||$925||$17,525|
|Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES Sedan||CV automatic||$16,595||$145||$995||$17,735|
|Kia Rio S 5-Door||CV automatic||$16,790||$0||$965||$17,755|
Mitsubishi made some small changes to the Mirage for the 2021 model year. These revisions included new front and rear fascias, a new available seven-inch infotainment screen with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and additional standard safety features including forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning and automatic high beams. The hatchback continues with the same engine as before: a naturally aspirated 1.3L three-cylinder producing 78 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 74 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Not only is the 2021 Chevrolet Spark cheaper than the Mitsubishi Mirage, it is the superior vehicle on paper, too. For starters, it has a more powerful engine, with the standard naturally aspirated 1.4L LV7 four-cylinder producing 98 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. The Spark also comes standard with a seven-inch display screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but Mirage customers have to pay extra to get an equivalent screen/operating system in the Japanese hatchback. The Spark also has ten airbags, whereas the Mirage only has seven.
General Motors is currently in the midst of shifting its focus from passenger cars like the Spark to crossovers, trucks and SUVs, as well as battery-electric offerings. For this reason, the Spark’s days may be numbered, so this ultra-affordable compact may not be around for much longer. Other affordable compacts, like the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, were killed off in the U.S. after the 2020 model year.
The 2021 Chevrolet Spark is built at the GM Changwon Assembly plant in South Korea.