2014 Chevy Spark EV now lowest-priced 4-door electric car
Plus: Subaru adds small price increase to 2014 Legacy and Outback; Dodge adds special packages to 2013 Dart.
The new 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will be the lowest-priced 4-door all-electric car in the U.S. when it goes on sale this summer, although for now the vehicle will be available only in California and Oregon.
Manufacturer's suggested retail price starts at $27,495, including a destination charge of $810.
Chevrolet also noted that with a full federal tax credit of $7,500, the net cost to a Spark EV buyer could be as low as $19,995. California buyers could also qualify for state and local tax credits and incentives of up to $2,500 that could drop the price of a Spark EV to $17,495.
This makes the base model Spark EV $2,155 less than its closest competitor, the 2013 Nissan Leaf S, which starts at $29,650 – even with a recent $6,400 price reduction by Nissan over the base model 2012 Leaf. The Spark EV is also nearly $2,500 less than the $29,975 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and priced well below the Honda Fit EV ($37,415) and Ford Focus Electric ($39,995; however, cash incentives that expire July 8 drop that price to $28,245). The California-only Fiat 500e costs $32,500.
Chevrolet is also making available a 3-year/12,000-mile lease for the Spark EV 1LT model that starts at $199 per month, with $999 due at signing. Nissan has a similar leasing deal, although $1,999 is due at signing.
In other car pricing news, Chrysler has added a special edition to its 2013 Dodge Dart model line – and a price bump – while Subaru has also slightly increased the prices of its Legacy and Outback models.
The new 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Special Edition trim package includes exterior enhancements such as a black crosshair grille, dark tinted projector headlights, projector fog lights, LED taillights and integrated dual exhaust. The Dodge Dart SXT Special Edition is priced at $18,590 plus $895 in destination charges; the Special Edition package adds $595 to the overall price. Another $395 adds black 17-inch aluminum wheels and Rallye badges.
The Limited Special Edition package adds heated Nappa leather seats, power sunroof, heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control and navigation for $1,810.
Subaru isn’t changing anything on the 2014 Subaru Legacy and Outback, which are being carried over from the previous model year. But the two vehicles, which will be available next month, are getting small price increases.
The base model 2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i starts at $21,090, including a $795 destination charge, a $25 increase over the 2013 model. The 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i starts at $24,320, with an $825 destination fee, a $30 price rise from 2013.
The increases are due to higher destination charges. The 2013 Legacy 2.5i started at $21,065 including a $770 destination fee, while the Outback 2.5i started at $24,290 with a destination charge of $795.
Legacy and Outback 2.5i Premium models now come with heated front seats, heated mirrors and a windshield deicer as standard, which bumps the price on those trims to $300 over 2013. The top-level 3.6R Premium models have been discontinued.
Actually, I plan to buy an all-electric car only when you can drive one from Atlanta, GA to Portland, OR in three days. Right now you probably couldn't drive a Leaf from Atlanta to Portland, ME in three weeks!
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