I couldn’t possibly test a vehicle without the kids in tow. I thought this Chevrolet Spark Test Drive would be a tough one for the boys, as the car was so compact (awesome for squeezing into city parking spots). But for the urban driver? Amazing.
Safety-wise, the 10 airbags, great sight lines and Onstar phone services provide the driver with a ton of confidence. You can’t really beat Onstar (and not just to ask a live person to send directions to the vehicle for the nearest Starbucks). My kids know that if Mommy is ever in trouble, they press the red button and wait for emergency response crews who will track the car via GPS. The peace of mind is priceless.
With USB connectivity for his tunes combined with great maneuverability and talent, my husband was able to back up within 1.5 inches of a pylon and became the proud recipient of the award for this feat (as opposed to the actual pylon award he received in recreational hockey). I was thrilled to be able to tweet that my dear husband ‘won with an inch and a half!’.
The verdict? A great economical and compact choice for big-city driving. It may not be the best option for schlepping gear and multiple kiddos on playdates if you need more than 31.2 cubic feet of volume, but did I mention it comes in pink?