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3/4 Front Glamour 2012 FIAT 500

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 30 City / 37 Highway
Pros
  • Nimble handling
  • Unmistakable styling
  • Excellent fuel economy
Cons
  • Pricey options
  • Limited rear seat legroom
  • Front seats not built for long commutes

Introduction

Available in three trim levels, Pop, Sport and Lounge, the 500 is powered by a 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine producing 101 horsepower. Two transmissions are offered, a five-speed manual, and an exclusive to North America six-speed automatic with sequential shifting. The 500 will seat four passengers in a modern and artistic interior that pays homage to the 50 years of the Cinquecento. Occupants are protected by seven airbags, active front head restraints, electronic stability and traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system. Available high-tech features include a TomTom navigation system, Blue & Me handsfree communication with a USB port, a Bose sound system and SIRIUS satellite radio. There are fourteen exterior colors, as well as fourteen unique seat color and material combinations to choose from. The 500 Abarth will be added to the line-up later in the model year, it boasts a 160-hp turbo version of the base engine as well as upgraded sport seats, performance suspension, and various Abarth badges and interior upgrades. The Fiat brand returns to the United States after a 26-year hiatus, the 500 coupe is the first offering.

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