Now entering its second year as the "big" Fiat, the 500L wagon offers four-door convenience and the cargo-handling ability of a compact crossover. You also get passenger room and comfort on a scale that will make you forget that the L is an offspring of the diminutive 500 hatchback.
What's New for 2015
A conventional six-speed automatic joins the existing transmission choices.
Choosing Your Fiat 500L
The 500L's tallish body and high-mounted seats give the impression of riding in a crossover, which is clearly what the designers intended. Even with the rear seat in place, you get 23 cubic feet of cargo space, enough for weekend family trips or a few weeks' worth of groceries. The seat slides and reclines to help keep passengers comfortable. Fold it down and you're looking a 68 cubic feet, a laudable amount for what is essentially a compact wagon.
Every model is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and you can opt for a six-speed automated manual or conventional six-speed automatic. Expect about 25 to 28 mpg in combined driving depending on the transmission.
The 500L is offered in four trim levels:
The Easy and Trekking can get the Lounge's heated seats as a standalone option. Available on all three are a sunroof and black- or white-painted roof.
Even in top Lounge trim, the 500L is well-priced. For maximum value, though, we recommend a budget-friendly Easy or Trekking.