|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Fiat 500
|C Pop Cabrio||1.4L I-4||FWD||5M||9.8 sec||17.7 sec @ 77 mph||31/38/29 mpg||Car and Driver|
2016 Fiat 500
|L Urbana Trekking Collection 3 Wagon||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||8.0 sec||16.2 sec @ 86 mph||22/30/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|X Easy Crossover||2.4L I-4||AWD||9A||8.7 sec||16.8 sec @ 82 mph||21/30/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|X Lounge Crossover||2.4L I-4||AWD||9A||8.5 sec||16.5 sec @ 83 mph||21/30/28.5 mpg||Motor Week|
|X Pop Crossover||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||7.8 sec||16.0 sec @ 87 mph||25/34/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
|X Pop Crossover||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||8.2 sec||16.3 sec @ 82.9 mph||25/34/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|X Trekking Crossover||2.4L I-4||AWD||9A||8.5 sec||16.6 sec @ 82.3 mph||21/30/30 mpg||Motor Trend|
2015 Fiat 500
|C Abarth Cabrio||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.9 sec||15.4 sec @ 90 mph||24/32/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
2014 Fiat 500
|Abarth Hatchback||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||7.0 sec||15.7 sec @ 88 mph||28/34/28 mpg||Car and Driver|
|L Easy Wagon||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||9.1 sec||17.1 sec @ 84 mph||24/33/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
|L Lounge Wagon||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||8.9 sec||16.9 sec @ 86 mph||24/33/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|L Pop Wagon||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||8.7 sec||16.6 sec @ 84 mph||25/33/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
|L Pop Wagon||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||8.6 sec||16.4 sec @ 85.3 mph||25/33/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|L Trekking Wagon||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||9.0 sec||17.0 sec @ 85 mph||24/33/28.8 mpg||Motor Week|
2013 Fiat 500
|C Abarth Cabrio||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||7.3 sec||15.5 sec @ 88 mph||28/34/26 mpg||Car and Driver|
|E EV Hatchback||Elec 24-kWh||FWD||1A||8.4 sec||16.7 sec @ 80 mph||122/108/87 MPGe||Car and Driver|
|E EV Hatchback||Elec 24-kWh||FWD||1A||8.7 sec||16.8 sec @ 80 mph||122/108/89 MPGe||Car and Driver|
|Turbo Hatchback||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||8.1 sec||16.1 sec @ 86 mph||28/34/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
2012 Fiat 500
|Abarth Hatchback||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||6.9 sec||15.3 sec @ 90 mph||28/34/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Abarth Hatchback||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||7.2 sec||15.5 sec @ -- -- mph||28/34/---- mpg||Fiat|
|Abarth Hatchback||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||6.7 sec||15.2 sec @ 91 mph||28/34/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Abarth Hatchback||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||6.8 sec||15.3 sec @ 89.8 mph||28/34/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Abarth Hatchback||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||7.7 sec||15.8 sec @ 89 mph||28/34/---- mpg||Motor Week|
|Abarth Hatchback||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||5M||6.7 sec||15.1 sec @ 92.5 mph||28/34/27.6 mpg||Road & Track|
|C Lounge Cabrio||1.4L I-4||FWD||6A||11.5 sec||18.6 sec @ 75 mph||27/32/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
|C Lounge Cabrio||1.4L I-4||FWD||6A||9.8 sec||17.2 sec @ 90 mph||27/32/37 mpg||Motor Week|
|C Pop Cabrio||1.4L I-4||FWD||6A||11.6 sec||18.4 sec @ 74.5 mph||27/32/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Lounge Hatchback||1.4L I-4||FWD||6A||11.4 sec||18.3 sec @ 74.7 mph||27/34/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Road Race Motorsports Club Sportivo Hatchback||1.4L I-4||FWD||5M||9.4 sec||17.0 sec @ 81 mph||30/38/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|Sport Hatchback||1.4L I-4||FWD||5M||9.6 sec||17.3 sec @ 79 mph||30/38/29 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Sport Hatchback||1.4L I-4||FWD||5M||9.9 sec||17.5 sec @ 78 mph||30/38/33 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Sport Hatchback||1.4L I-4||FWD||5M||9.8 sec||17.3 sec @ 77.4 mph||30/38/30.5 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Sport Hatchback||1.4L I-4||FWD||5M||9.7 sec||17.2 sec @ 78.5 mph||30/38/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Sport Hatchback||1.4L I-4||FWD||5M||9.4 sec||17.8 sec @ 80 mph||30/38/33.6 mpg||Motor Week|
|Sport Hatchback||1.4L I-4||FWD||5M||10.2 sec||17.5 sec @ 78 mph||30/38/---- mpg||Road & Track|
About Fiat 500
The Fiat 500 is a stylish, subcompact car that appeals to urban dwellers who would like to drive around a fuel-efficient automobile. It is cheaper compared to the high-end Mini Cooper, and has more personality than other subcompact cars like the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris. But it does not have the most powerful engine, and its cramped rear seats can turn off potential buyers.
The Fiat 500 is not a new model with its predecessor introduced in 1957 and produced until 1975. It was among the first city cars. Manufactured by the Italian car maker Fiat, the 500 was re-introduced in 2007. Three years later, Chrysler brought the Fiat 500 to the United States as a 2012 model.
Chrysler enlisted the help of pop superstar Jennifer Lopez to promote the Fiat 500 by having her appear in a series of television commercials. Since then it has captured the fancy of thousands of motorists with its chic design and fuel-efficient engine. In 2007, it was named as the Best City Car by the prestigious automobile magazine Top Gear.
The Fiat 500 comes in three major variants—the base Fiat 500, the 500 Abarth, and the 500C. The base Fiat 500 is a two-door compact car with a passenger capacity of four adults. It comes in a 1.4 liter engine and has an impressive gas mileage of 31 miles per gallon for city driving and 40 miles per gallon for highway driving. The car has a five-speed manual transmission and has 15 inch wheels.
In terms of safety features, the Fiat 500 has an electronic stability control, side impact beams, and ABS and driveline traction control. It can also warn its driver about low tire pressure, and provides knee airbag to the person behind the wheel. Other safety features include airbag occupancy sensor, side airbags, and shoulder safety belts.
Entertainment features of the 500 include a six-speaker audio system, CD/MP3/FM radio player, and auxiliary audio jack. The Fiat 500 can also be customized with optional features like satellite radio, touch screen navigation, Alpine audio system, and Beats audio system.
The Fiat 500 appeals to city dwellers like young professionals because it has a lot of choices for customization. With a wide range of exterior colors as well as seat material options and accessories, there is a very low chance of seeing two Fiat 500 car of the same color or looks on the streets.
The Fiat 500 is not a family car by any means and this is very obvious with the lack of rear doors. The 500 also does not have a lot of space for rear passengers, which makes a lot of people believe that this subcompact car is designed for just two passengers.
While the front part of the car interiors is surprisingly spacious, there is not a lot of space in the back. Part of this is because of the roof of the car being curved towards the rear. The rear part of the car does have a lot of leg room, plus the chairs have dense padding. Predictably, there is a very small cargo space behind the rear seats which is a common feature in most compact cars.
The Fiat 500 is very engaging to drive, especially for those who are used to steering compact cars. The five-speed manual transmission of the base 500 is also very easy to use. It is also very nimble and easy to maneuver, making it a perfect car for use in the so-called concrete jungle.
Of course, a tiny car like the Fiat 500 could feel restrained when it is used in the highways. There’s also a lot of road noise.
For motorists who want improved performance, the two other trims—the Abarth and the 500C– provide excellent mid-range power. The Abarth particularly gets a lot of love especially with its 17-inch wheels that perform well even on harsh road surfaces.
The Fiat 500 is priced within the $15,000 to $26,000, depending on the trim and add-ons. The base 500 is obviously cheaper compared to the Abarth and the 500C. The Fiat 500 is ranged against other subcompact cars like the Kia Rio which is not as cute but more practical, and the Mini Cooper which is regarded by many auto experts as the best in this class.
The Fiat 500 has a lot of good features like its excellent fuel economy and customizable looks. The lack of rear space and cargo space is a disappointment that is hard to ignore. While it does have a lot of positives especially in the looks department, the Fiat 500 may not be the best choice for a city car considering that there are now a lot of mid-sized hybrid sedans which offer better fuel efficiency than this vehicle.
For more information about the Fiat 500, visit the official Fiat website.
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