There is already a pretty large selection of cars and trucks available with Android Auto integration. Not to mention the fact that you can pick any of about a dozen after-market head units to install in your car. However if you are looking for a new car and want Android Auto in it, but don't want to spend a ton, the Chevy Spark is your best option. It's the cheapest Android Auto vehicle on the road right now. This past week, GM announced updates for the entire Chevy line, as well as GMC, Buick and Cadillac cars for Android Auto. Which means the Chevy Spark will now be sold with Android Auto installed.
Now the Chevy Spark isn't the most luxurious car out there, and that's why the price is so low. Speaking of price, the 2016 Chevy Spark runs at $12,660. Luckily, Chevy includes the 7-inch Chevrolet MyLink system with the car at that entry price. Unlike other manufacturers who charge you extra for the technology package to get Android Auto, typically around another $2,000-4,000. The Chevy Spark is their most fuel-efficient car, coming in with a 41MPG rating, which is pretty decent for a car that size these days. It also has AT&T 4G LTE connectivity included. The Spark is a hatchback and is actually the successor to the Chevy Aveo which did really well for Chevy in the past few years.
For Chevy, as well as the other GM brands, Android Auto is built-in to OnStar. So you have OnStar as well as Android Auto bundled together there. This means you can choose to use Android Auto, or Chevy's own infotainment system. Seeing as you likely won't want to plug in your smartphone every time you jump into the car. Now, the good thing here is that the Android Auto experience is the same on every car from GM. In fact, it's pretty much the same for every car out there, except for Audi, but more on that next week. You plug in your smartphone and then Android Auto will pop up on the 7-inch MyLink screen in the dashboard and you're all set. You'll be able to use Google Maps, Google Play Music, Spotify, iHeart Radio and so much more.
In addition to Android Auto, there are a few other pretty cool features to the Chevy Spark that most tech geeks are going to love. And that's in the OnStar app. It's the OnStar RemoteLink app and it's available for both Android and iOS. Essentially what it allows you to do is have the ability to remote start your car from your smartphone, as well as lock or unlock your car, and more. This app works with all of the latest models from Chevy, as well as GM's other brands that have OnStar support.
The 2016 Chevy Spark is on the road right now, so you can head on over to your local Chevy dealer and check it out and see how you like it yourself. And no, this is not an advertisement for Chevrolet. We'll be highlighting a few cars that really stand out to us. And coming in at under $15,000 the Spark really jumped out, so we needed to highlight it.