The 500's agile handling and crisp-shifting five-speed manual make it fun to drive. The non-turbo engine and manual returned 33 mpg overall, but require frequent downshifts to keep up with traffic. A 135-hp turbo improves the experience, but the ride is choppy and the cabin noisy. Head room up front is good, but the steering wheel is too far away for some. The rear seats are very tight and difficult to access. The convertible has a clever top. The high-performance Abarth is quick, grips well, and has a sporty exhaust note, and the 500e electric version is enjoyable. Reliability has dropped to well below average. The 500 scored a poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
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