Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Chevrolet Spark Near Peoria, AZ

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Chevrolet Spark

Safety Comparison

The Fiesta’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Spark doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Fiesta and the Spark have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The Fiesta’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Spark’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 29 percent more Ford dealers than there are Chevrolet dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Fiesta has a standard 500-amp battery. The Spark’s 375-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (120 vs. 98) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (112 vs. 94) than the Spark’s 1.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Fiesta’s optional 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. produces 25 more horsepower (123 vs. 98) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (125 vs. 94) than the Spark’s 1.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Spark Manual (31 city/41 hwy vs. 29 city/38 hwy).

The Fiesta has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Spark (12.4 vs. 9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Spark doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fiesta’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Spark:

 

Fiesta

Spark

Front Rotors

10.2 inches

9.3 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fiesta’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Spark (195/50R16 vs. 185/55R15).

The Fiesta’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Spark’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fiesta offers optional 16-inch wheels. The Spark’s largest wheels are only 15-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta has a standard front stabilizer bar, which help keep the Fiesta flat and controlled during cornering. The Spark’s suspension doesn’t offer a stabilizer bar

The Fiesta has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Spark doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Spark doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fiesta’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the Spark (98 inches vs. 93.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fiesta is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Spark.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Spark is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Fiesta has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Spark can only carry 4.

The Fiesta has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Spark (85.1 vs. 83).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback has a much larger cargo area than the Spark with its rear seat up (14.9 vs. 11.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Spark doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Fiesta has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Spark doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Fiesta’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. The Spark LS doesn’t offer power locks.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Spark doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access Key standard on the Fiesta Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Spark’s available Passive Entry with Keyless Start doesn’t unlock the trunk.

The Fiesta Titanium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Spark doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Fiesta (except S)’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Spark doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fiesta has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Spark doesn’t offer rear vents.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Spark’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With standard voice command, the Fiesta offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Spark doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Spark because typical repairs cost much less on the Fiesta than the Spark, including $68 less for front brake pads, $34 less for fuel injection, $78 less for a timing belt/chain and $255 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Spark isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Ford Fiesta outsold the Chevrolet Spark by 51% during the 2016 model year.

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