Chevrolet Spark Stacks up to 1973 Full-Size Sedan – Infographic

Chevrolet Spark Stacks up to 1973 Full-Size Sedan – Infographic

Ask anyone older than 55 how cars have changes since the ’70s and they’ll probably mention, among many other things, that they’ve shrunk considerably.

In those days, cars like the Chevrolet Impala with its massive hood and trunk seemed normal. While there’s an undeniable romanticism associated with those cars, even today, the fact remains that driving one is impractical in most places.

With 39 years come and gone since the days of four-seat convertibles and gurgling V8s enjoyed their peak of popularity, Chevrolet is taking a glance back at what it used to build and how it compares to products rolling off the line today.

The company could have chosen an easy apples-to-apples comparison between its full-size sedan then and the newly refreshed 2013 Impala, but that wouldn’t be any fun. Instead, the automaker stacked the Spark, it’s smallest car to date, against the dimensions of a 1973 full-size sedan.

How did it stack up? The Spark is about half as big as a 1973 Chevrolet full-size sedan, it has more headroom and roughly the same size wheels: 15 inches. Take a guess at how interior space stacked up, or just scroll down to see the full graphic.

  • If you have a family, the 1973 car offers the advantages in back seat space for car seats, more width side-to-side for comfort and a trunk capable of carrying a load of groceries while toting the kids along.  Try that in your mini car.

  • Joe

     If you have kids I would think you’d be more concerned  about filling the gas tank and not the trunk…..just my thought

  • RD

    The big problem is the end of the 6 passenger sedan.  Air bags ended it I suppose, but families still need room for 6 so they can take someone with them on a trip.  A 40mpg car is not good it you have to take two of them on the trip you could make with one car that gets 20mpg.  Also room for groceries and shopping items in a large trunk is needed or if on a trip more than one or two suitcases.

  • Ultimately, the utility and efficiency of the mini-car is limited to DINKS and singles, or as a commuter car on the side from your other vehicles that can actually serve a family’s needs.  The mini-van is a poor replacement for the family sedan or wagon.

    Once automakers switch over to carbon-fiber bodies, I would like to see a return to the bigger cars.  As it is now, riding in a minicar is like putting wheels in a can of sardines, and about as comfortable.

  • Except it’s UGLY!! I cannot STAND the styling. The 2013 Sonic, on the other hand, that’s actually nice-looking.