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Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - December 15, 2017

2018 FIAT 124 Spider OVERVIEW

Affordable Italian roadsters aren’t exactly well-known in the US. Those who are familiar know of the reliability and quality woes. While the Italian machines are gorgeous works of art, they’re not much fun to drive if they’re never working. Luckily, the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider fixes all of the downsides to owning a traditional Italian vehicle, as it’s built in partnership with Mazda. The styling, though, is all Italian in the best way possible.

What's New for 2018

Not much changes for the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider. There are three new exterior paint colors, including Puro Bianco Perla (Tri-Coat White Pearl), Grigio Chiaro (Silver Metallic), and Blu Scuro (Dark Blue Metallic). The Lusso and Abarth trims feature shuffled available options for better flexibility, while the lineup includes an all-new Red top Edition.

Choosing Your 124 Spider

Though based off the same chassis as the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider boasts many differences starting with the powertrain. The 124 Spider is powered by a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic gearbox, with power going to the rear wheels. The Abarth trim is a little more potent, with the engine tuned to crank out 164 hp.

Fuel economy, while not necessarily a strong point for sports cars, is really good for the 124 Spider. Going with the automatic transmission results in a vehicle that can get 25 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The six-speed manual transmission raises the city rating up to 26 mpg, but brings the highway rating down by one to 35 mpg.

The sporty nature of the 124 Spider continues to other components on the vehicle, including a Bilstein sport suspension, a mechanical limited-slip differential, a sport-tuned quad-tip exhaust system, a front strut tower brace, and more. With the 124 Spider’s sporty parts, consumers wanting to push the vehicle around a windy road will find the alluring appeal of the Italian styling to be backed up by a true sports car experience.

The 124 Spider comes in three trims: Classica, Lusso, and Abarth.


The base trim level for the 124 Spider is the Classica, which starts at $25,990 (including the $995 destination fee). The Classica features a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four cylinder engine and comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. Adding a six-speed automatic gearbox costs $1,350. Exterior features include: 16-inch wheels, bi-function projector headlamps, daytime running lights, LED taillights, and dual exhaust tips. On the inside, the sports car comes with: a manual six-way driver’s seat, a four-way manual passenger seat, cloth seats, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, push button start, cruise control, illuminated entry, and a Bluetooth radio with a 3.0-inch display.

The only available package for the Classica trim is the Technology Group ($1,295) that adds a 7.0-inch display for the Bluetooth radio, integrated voice command, a rearview camera, remote proximity keyless entry, and multiple apps, including Pandora, Aha, and Stitcher.


Stepping into the Lusso trim costs $28,490 and adds some luxury features over the base trim. The Lusso trim features 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, front fog lights, a dual exhaust system with bright tips, and a premium silver header trim. The interior adds heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats, air conditioning with automatic temperature control, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, piano black interior accents, and a 7.0-inch display

There are three available packages for the Lusso. The Convenience Group ($1,495) adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a park assist system, a security alarm, and a universal garage door opener. The Navigation and Sound Group ($1,395) brings navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system that includes a subwoofer. The Visibility Group ($995) adds adaptive LED headlights with an automatic headlight leveling system.


The Abarth trim is the performance-oriented model in the 124 Spider lineup and costs $29,190. As the performance model, the Abarth trim features a more powerful engine that produces 164 hp and some other performance components, including: a limited slip differential and rear axle, a front strut tower brace, and a performance suspension.

The unique Abarth exterior features 17-inch gun metallic wheels, Abarth exterior badging, black side sills and skirts, a gun metallic header trim, a quad exhaust system with bright tips, and sport body-color fascias. The interior of the Abarth has some bespoke touches, as well, including leather sports seats, a 160-mph speedometer, a sport instrument cluster, a sport leather shift knob, a sport mode selector, bright pedals, a gun metallic mirror cap, Matte Gray interior accents, and a sport steering wheel.

The Convenience Group ($1,495), Navigation and Sound Group ($1,395), and Visibility Group ($995) return as options. Buyers can also opt for Red Brembo four-wheel disc performance brakes for an additional $1,495.

CarsDirect Tip

Unlike the MX-5 Miata, the Fiat 124 Spider in the Classica and Lusso trims is more than happy to carve around a windy road or cruise in style. The Abarth is a little more focused on performance, and while it’s the one we’d have, it might be a little too rough for everyday driving. Those looking for something sporty, well-equipped, and enjoyable to drive on a regular basis should look into the Lusso trim.

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