The Cheapest New Car in North America is Now a Chevy


With a starting price of $9,995 excluding freight, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark is Canada’s cheapest car.

When converted into USD at the current rates, the Spark would sell for just about $6954.01. But in the U.S., the car actually sells for a base price of $13,535.

Completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, the new Spark comes standard with 10 airbags and a backup camera while its powered by a fuel-efficient 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 98 horsepower. Despite its low price, the Spark also comes standard with a seven-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system that gives owners a simple and smart way to access Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in their vehicle. OnStar with 4G LTE is also standard on the compact.

SEE ALSO: Chevrolet Sparks Up its Newest City Car

Compared to its predecessor, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark rides on a brand new architecture that has a slightly longer wheelbase than the outgoing model. Overall it is however 1.6 inches shorter, a change that helps improve aerodynamics and fuel economy.

Chevrolet said that 35 percent of Spark buyers are first-time new vehicle buyers while 45 percent are new to the Chevrolet brand in Canada.

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  • craigcole

    Wait, what? Why are we getting screwed paying twice as much for the Spark as Canadians do? That doesn’t make any sense.

  • Ken

    Because America… Everything is more expensive here. It probably has to do with the US’s crash requirements.

  • Diane Turner

    So how do I buy a car in Canada and register it in the US?

  • Eric Cameron

    I think the strategy here is to keep the cost somewhat like it was earlier and keep the earning in $CDN until the CDN dollar rises. Otherwise when Canadians see the price difference they may end up not buying new, but rather used.

  • Mike

    Daewoo garbage.

  • jimbo124816

    When you live in a country like Canada where the government takes over 60% of your paycheck, you have to settle for a car like the Daewoo Spark

  • Bruno

    i admire your country, you canadians have more sense of living that your southern neighbors

  • Bruno

    remember not to be confused with the metric speedometer

  • jimbo124816

    Canada would be a lot better if the government wasn’t so concerned with taking most of your paycheck every payday. It’s a beautiful country with some delightful people, but I could not afford to live there. I take a trip over the border about once a year, just to remind me how bad it could get in the US if we go Socialist.

  • Dave Foley

    Don’t be mislead by the story. This price differential is only due to the plummeting Canadian dollar. The price here hasn’t gotten substantially cheaper. It was never THAT cheap a car. The only reason it looks cheap in USD is that the Saudi imposed oil glut is killing the Canada/US dollar exchange because essentially we in Canada are a Petro-state. Living and dying on the price of oil.

    Canada, like the US, has long lost its manufacturing base to China and Mexico. We don’t have as much manufacturing to fall back on anymore


  • Jonny_Vancouver

    The Canadian government must being doing something right considering we have no national debt, none of our cities have claimed bankruptcy and we have affordable healthcare …

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Secret back-door deals involving maple syrup and bacon.

  • DRJ

    Yes you are, it’s called budgeting.

  • DRJ

    You are correct. The Canadian dollar is worth less than the US dollar and yet the car is sold for less in Canada. It doesn’t sound like a free market does it?

  • jimbo124816

    That’s easy to do when the government takes 75% of everyone’s paycheck. And how’s that affordable health care going for you? I wouldn’t call it affordable, if they took 3/4 of my paycheck every week to pay for it. Obviously, you have never needed any healthcare or you would be ripping mad about waiting in an emergency room line for days with a broken arm. And if your medical care is so great, why do thousands of Canadians come across the US border to be treated and pay for it out of their pockets? A perfect example is the Mayor of Quebec City who went to Florida for his surgery.

  • jimbo124816

    It’s very easy to budget when you can take a large percentage from everyone’s paycheck every week, and take some more every time you buy something and they take a GST, national sales tax, too. For the average Canadian, though, it’s not easy to budget when you don’t have enough left to buy groceries. You don’t have the luxury of stealing money from your neighbors, as the government does.
    Socialist governments always find it easy to spend money.

  • DRJ

    You bring up a definite downside. The United States is in debt simply because legislators won’t make hard decisions. They always sign off on more debt. Corruption is a big part of it too. People too easily blame the president but if Congress works the way it is supposed to then the president would largely be involved in foreign affairs only.

  • jimbo124816

    I agree, as long as by “hard decisions” you mean make some drastic cuts in programs that don’t do anything constructive, and not “raise taxes to pay for it”.

  • Bug S Bunny

    Sure, those are all good things. But what can you actually afford to do other than watch the snow fall?

  • Bug S Bunny


  • jimbo124816

    In that way, a president is similar to a king. He sets the mood of the country and people look to him as a leader. When a president (like the current one) breaks the law every day, passes his own laws without Congress, makes treaties without the Senate, and decides which laws he will enforce, then he has set an example for the country, and people start to act just like him, just like women want to wear their hair like and dress like movie stars. Congress does nothing, because they think that the people want them to do nothing.

  • Rickers

    Dave Foley!

  • DClark

    I suspect some of the reasoning may be due to the $9,998cdn Nissan Micra. The US doesn’t get the Micra but Canada does, and I suspect GM has the same thinking as Nissan in that they think if they can get young new car buyers into their entry-level car they can keep many of them within the brand for their lifetime, even if the profit margin is razor thin (or nonexistent) on the initial purchase.

  • Dave Foley

    He’s the funny one that used to wear a dress. I, on the other hand, are less humorous, and don’t wear a dress…… as much anymore. Haha!

    Dang, I wish I had his money though! 🙂