Sold in the United States since 2012, Fiat simplified the 500's trim level structure for 2017, going from six to three grades of the 500, while knocking a noticeable amount off stated MSRPs in the process. The base Pop starts at a very appealing $15,990 (all prices include a $995 destination fee) and includes such necessities as air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a five-inch touchscreen to control the Uconnect infotainment system, and your choice of 15 paint shades. The more upscale Lounge has an MSRP of $19,490 and adds a number of functional upgrades and fashionable flourishes such as:
- Automatic temperature control
- Leather-upholstered front seats with heaters
- Fixed glass roof
- Rear park assist
- Security alarm
The street-racer Abarth stickers at $20,990 and benefits from a meaningful round of performance-enhancing upgrades. Selecting an automatic transmission in any version adds $995 to the bottom line.
All 500s are powered by a 1.4-liter inline-four engine. The motors in the Pop and Lounge make 101 horsepower; the Abarth plumbs in a turbocharger to raise output to 160. Either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transfers drive to the front wheels. EPA fuel economy estimates for the Pop and Lounge are 31 city miles per gallon and 38 highway with the manual transmission and 27 city and 34 highway for the automatic. The raucous Abarth should return of 28 mpg city and 34 highway with the manual and 24 city and 32 highway for the automatic.
The 500c is identical to the 500 save for a rollback fabric top, and a battery-powered 500e is available in California and Oregon; both are covered separately. And although the names would imply a shared basis, the five-door 500L and the 500C crossover are completely different from the 500.