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CR: If you buy a Chevy Spark, make sure it's the EV

    • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show, packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car priced at under $25,000 with tax incentives. Expected to have among the best range in segment, the Spark EV also has 400 lb-ft of torque and can charge up to 80% in 20 minutes with optional SAE Combo fast charger. Aerodynamic treatments throughout the exterior enhance Spark EV's range.
    • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show, packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car priced at under $25,000 with tax incentives. Expected to have among the best range in segment, the Spark EV also has 400 lb-ft of torque and can charge up to 80% in 20 minutes with optional SAE Combo fast charger. Aerodynamic treatments throughout the exterior enhance Spark EV's range.
    • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV pure electric vehicle builds on Chevrolets proven electric motor and battery development programs. When it goes on sale next summer, the Spark EV will be eligible for coveted high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in California. The Spark EV is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment and will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
    • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolets exclusive MyLink radiowhich brings smartphone-based infotainment  including apps for BringGofull-function navigation, Siri voice recognition, TuneInglobal internet radio, Pandoraand Stitcher into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
    • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolets exclusive MyLink radiowhich brings smartphone-based infotainment  including apps for BringGofull-function navigation, Siri voice recognition, TuneInglobal internet radio, Pandoraand Stitcher into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
    • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolets exclusive MyLink radiowhich brings smartphone-based infotainment  including apps for BringGofull-function navigation, Siri voice recognition, TuneInglobal internet radio, Pandoraand Stitcher into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
    • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolets exclusive MyLink radiowhich brings smartphone-based infotainment  including apps for BringGofull-function navigation, Siri voice recognition, TuneInglobal internet radio, Pandoraand Stitcher into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
Consider Consumer Reports officially juiced about the all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark. The publication tested out the EV and found it to be far superior to its gas-powered brethren, calling the all-electric the "best version of this small hatchback."

CR was particularly effusive about the car's handling and ride quality as well as pickup from the 130-horsepower motor, calling Chevy's estimate of a sub-8-second 0-60 mile per hour time "more than believable." The navigation and connected radio also received props, as did the car's official 82-mile single-charge range, which beats out that of the Nissan Leaf ( sort of). Check out CR's Spark EV "first drive" impressions here.

Factor in the $10,000 in tax incentives in places like California (the feds provide $7,500 of that total, which is available nationwide), and the Spark EV can be had for a tick under $17,500, making it a better play than the conventional Spark, CR says. Folks can also lease the car for $199 a month.

It's worth noting that we came to a similar conclusion with the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive compared to the gas-powered Smart, saying after our own test last October that the two-seater EV's acceleration and all-around quality made it a better option than the gas-powered ForTwo.

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