The 2013 Spark is Chevrolet’s latest entry into the small car market. The Spark is the smallest car that Chevrolet builds, however the idea is that it has a great deal of functionality in spite of its size. The target market for the mini car class (which the Spark falls into) is mostly people living in metro or downtown areas. According to Chevrolet one of the most important things to that demographic is the ability to turn around and park in very tight places. To this end the Spark has been designed to have one of the tightest turning circles of any car made today. It is also worth noting that Chevrolet says that you can park the car in a standard parking stall, open all four doors and none of the doors will hang out over the line of the stall. At first glance the Spark has an impressive list of available features. Some of the Spark’s features you can’t get on any other car in this class, such as a touch screen infotainment system that will wirelessly stream data and music from your smartphone. When the new Spark hits showrooms in a few months it will be directly competing with the Fiat 500 and Smart ForTwo for buyers in the mini car class.Sitting in the driver’s seat of the Spark the first thing one notices is the amount of room you have. People over six feet don’t have to be scared of mini cars anymore. Looking around the inside of the Spark the interior seems to be nicely put together. The fit and finish is of a good quality given the price of the vehicle. All the gauges and controls are placed logically and are easy to reach. The Spark comes in the base LS level as well as the upper level LT and 2LT trims. The LT trim level and above in the Spark has a 7″ touchscreen in the middle of the dash that features Chevrolet’s MyLink system. The MyLink system will give users the ability to load all their contacts from their smart phone as well as wirelessly stream music and podcasts. The MyLink system also has the ability to display a navigation screen based on the GPS data from your smart phone. This is made possible by an app called GoGo.Our top level 2LT Spark test car came equipped with leatherette seats with seat heaters in the front. Sitting in the back seat of the Spark you are truly surprised by how much room there is. Four six foot tall people could sit in the Spark and still be comfortable. This is all most unheard of in a car of this size. Cargo room in the rear is somewhat limited, but still larger than others in the mini car class like the Fiat 500. Overall the Chevrolet Spark gets top marks for comfort and utility.On the road the Spark feels surprisingly solid and stable. Under acceleration the 1.2L 85 horsepower 4 cylinder does not sound thrashy or over worked. Mini cars are not known for their acceleration abilities and the Spark is no exception, however the small 4 cylinder engine does a decent job of moving the vehicle around. When pushed it is easy to make the Spark oversteer, not surprising given how narrow the tires are. The feel of the steering is direct and sporty and the car feels very nimble and maneuverable. Interior noise levels are lower than you would expect for a car of this size. Over all the Spark delivers a more civilized driving experience than you would expect from a car this small. On almost all fronts GM has raised the expectations of what a mini car can be.The bottom line: The Chevrolet Spark is the best equipped and most practical mini car available in North America today.