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  • Matthew Pilgrim
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    2018 FIAT 500 OVERVIEW

    The 2018 Fiat 500 packs a much bigger personality than its diminutive size might suggest. The Fiat is about bold style and, despite being about a foot shorter than a two-door Mini, it easily stands out among the sea of crossovers, SUVs, and pickups.

    What's New for 2018

    All 2018 Fiat 500 models come standard with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 135 horsepower (34 more than what came standard on the outgoing model). The Pop and Lounge trims now come standard with an upgraded suspension system and brakes, a spoiler, and body colored trim pieces. A rearview camera is also standard per federal mandate.

    Choosing Your Fiat 500

    The 2018 Fiat 500 sees a significant boost in power as the defunct 101-hp engine is no longer available and in its place is a turbocharged four-cylinder that develops 135 hp and 150 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard while a six-speed automatic is available for $995, and power is delivered through the front wheels. The Abarth trim comes with an uprated version of the 1.4-liter engine that generates 160 hp and 183 lb-ft of torque. It's also available with the manual and automatic transmissions.

    The newly standard power comes at the expense of fuel economy. With either engine, the row-it-yourself transmission achieves an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 30 combined, which is slightly better than the 24/32/27 mpg (city/highway/combined) that's achieved with the automatic transmission.

    The Fiat 500 is available in base Pop, mid-level Lounge, and the sporty Abarth performance version. All models are available as either a hatchback or a Cabrio (convertible).


    The base Fiat 500 Pop starts at $17,490 (all prices include the $1,245 destination charge) as a hatchback and $18,985 in Cabrio form. The Pop comes well equipped with 16-inch wheels, a seven-inch instrument cluster display, a five-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Bluetooth and USB inputs, body colored exterior trim, fog lights, and a revised chassis for a more sporty experience.

    The Urbana Appearance Package ($695) adds multiple aesthetic touches, including black wheels, black-trimmed lights, black bezels on the instrument panel, sport seats, and silver accent stitching. An Adventure Package by Mopar ($435) equips the Fiat 500 with a roof rack and accessory receiver hitch, while a Roof & Mirror Cap White Package ($295) includes a white roof and white exterior mirrors. The Popular Equipment Package ($495) includes automatic temperature control air conditioning and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Navigation and Satellite Package ($695) brings navigation and a one-year satellite radio subscription. An All Weather Package by Mopar ($225) adds a cargo tray and slush mats. Stand-alone options include a Beats audio system with a subwoofer ($695) and a power sunroof ($795).


    Pricing for the Lounge trim begins at $20,990 for the hatchback and $22,485 for the Cabrio. The Fiat 500 Lounge includes the same sporty chassis upgrades as the Pop and adds silver wheels, heated and leather front seats, park assist, chrome heated and power exterior mirrors, and the features found in the Popular Equipment Package. The All Weather Package returns along with the Beats audio system and sunroof. On the Lounge, the navigation system is a $595 standalone option.


    The performance-oriented Abarth model with the upgraded engine starts at $21,740, or $23,235 as a Cabrio. The Abarth trim brings a unique sport-tuned chassis, a brake based traction system, three-mode electronic stability control, black wheels, red-painted calipers, luxury floor mats, front perforated cloth seats with extra bolstering, and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel. Also included is an exhaust that'll freely serve up a solid dose of attitude.

    The All Weather Package and Adventure Package are available again, as is the Popular Equipment Package, which is now priced at $895 and brings heated front seats, automatic temperature control air conditioning, and one year of satellite radio. Other package options include the Abarth Roof/Mirror Cap with Gray Stripe ($495, gray roof, exterior mirrors, and body side stripe), the Abarth Roof/Mirror Cap with White Stripe ($495, white roof, exterior mirrors, and body side stripe), and the Scorpion Package with Roof Graphic ($395, wheel locks, driver footrest, and Abarth-trimmed license plate frame and fuel filler door). Stand-alone options include 17-inch black or bronze wheels ($1,395), black-trimmed lights ($245), the Beats audio system ($695), navigation ($595), sunroof ($795), and leather seating ($1,195).

    CarsDirect Tip

    The 2018 Fiat 500 has charm but its sub-par fuel economy and small interior proportions keep it far away from mainstream competitors. For those less bothered by those attributes, the Pop trim brings all of the European flair and quirkiness one would expect from the Italian-based manufacturer.

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