• Base LS includes air conditioning, power windows, alloy wheels and 10 airbags
  • LT model adds touchscreen radio, keyless entry and cruise control
  • LT1 package gets sportier exterior trim and leatherette inside

The new Spark subcompact car is Chevrolet's lowest priced vehicle. The 4-seat, 5-door hatchback is basic transportation - it's just a bit over 12 feet long and has a 1.2-liter engine that makes just 85 horsepower. But even in the lowest LS trim that starts under $13,000, the Spark offers standard equipment like alloy wheels and 10 airbags.

Chevrolet is keeping pricing simple for their most basic car. No options packages are offered. Instead, three trim levels - LS, 1LT, and 2LT - are joined by just a few stand-alone options.

The base 2013 Spark LS is priced at $12,995. Inside, equipment like power windows, air conditioning, and a 60/40-split rear seat are included. An auxiliary input jack, trip computer and outside temperature display are also standard. Not even the base Spark has hubcaps. Instead, 15-inch alloy wheels give the little hatchback a sporty look. 10 airbags - including driver and passenger knee airbags - along with stability control and brake assist are among the Spark's standard safety technologies.

Priced at $14,495, the big upgrade to the Spark 1LT trim is in audio and communications. It gets a 7-inch color touchscreen and an audio system that includes Bluetooth hands-free calling, XM satellite radio, Pandora Internet radio and a USB port. The 1LT also includes steering wheel audio controls, power locks with keyless entry, power mirrors and cruise control.

Finally, $15,795 buys the 2LT trim, which focuses on exterior styling upgrades. The wheels are still just 15 inches, but feature a different design. Revised front and rear fascias are painted to match the body color, with additional body moldings and standard foglamps extending the sportier look. Inside the Spark 2LT gets leatherette seating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The front seats are heated.

Just three options are available for the 2013 Spark. The $925 4-speed automatic transmission is available for those who prefer auto over the standard 5-speed manual. One exterior color choice, Black Granite, costs an extra $195; and those in cold climates can add an engine block heater for $75.

While the Spark is by no means luxurious, it does offer a nice list of standard equipment for the money. Another very small car, the Scion iQ, is more powerful and better equipped in base trim, but starts at over $15,000.

What it means to you: Starting at $12,995, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark is available in three trim levels. The base LS includes air conditioning, power windows and ten airbags, but only basic audio.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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