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It’s 2016 and cars are more of everything – they have more features, more safety equipment, more space and all that comes for more money.

If that’s a problem for you, there are a few cars that come with limited equipment and a low price tag, but be warned that when you make the jump to the ultra-basic cars, there’s a huge chance you may regret it and miss all those niceties you take for granted.

A week of testing the new Chevrolet Spark LS exposed the flaws of the cheap-car market, but there are fewer compromises in the small hatchback than I expected. This is a car that can be had for $13,535 and arrives with practically nothing. Forget about power windows, locks and mirrors or even air conditioning. There are also no buttons on the keys, so getting in requires a twist of a lock and when you get out, you have to lock the door manually before you take off.

All you get is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out under 100 horsepower and a five-speed manual transmission. There are, however, automaticheadlights and a backup camera, split folding rear seats, four doors and 10 airbags.
Read more about the 2016 Chevrolet Spark Review at AutoGuide.com.
 

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so getting in requires a twist of a lock and when you get out, you have to lock the door manually before you take off.


Oh poor baby....
 

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whooo is me, i cant be bothered to lock my doors by hand. how ever will i live. forgot you can lock the door when its open, get out, then shut it.. doors locked and walk away
 

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the only problem i see is why the heck does a super budget car have a back up camera and not a/c?
 

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This car and the (not)Mini Coutryman were my favorite cars at the auto show. I'll probably have on as my work beater in a few years. The reviewed model has more feature than my Cavalier Z22 (Z22 is canadian for base model 5spd, am/fm radio,manual locks/windows, and rear defroster. Not to be confused with Z24 sport model!) so it will be a good upgrade.
 

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It's a cute car, but $13.5K seems a little high for such a small car. Maybe some incentives will move it into a better price range. The door and trunk locks wouldn't bother me at all, and neither would the window cranks. But I would never own a car without A/C. Hopefully that can be added for a good price without having to add a ton of other features.
 

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the only problem i see is why the heck does a super budget car have a back up camera and not a/c?
Back up camera is required by law this year for all new vehicles sold in America. I'm sure that's the only reason.

I feel like a cheap little small car for daily driving would be fun...maybe I wouldn't like it so much living with it every day. But in theory, it sounds neat! Lol!

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