Fiat 500

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Base MSRP price range:
$16,845 - $31,800
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Ratings Category: Subcompact cars (Manual transmission)
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Fiat 500 Overview

The 500's agile handling and crisp-shifting manual make it fun to drive. The base engine and manual returned 33-mpg overall. A 135-hp turbo improves the experience, but the ride is choppy and the cabin noisy. Head room up front is good, but some will find the steering wheel too far away. The rear seats are very tight and difficult to access. The convertible has a clever top. The Abarth is quick, grips well, and has a loud exhaust note, while the electric 500e is enjoyable for its silence and fuel economy. 2016 bring a streamlined version of the Uconnect infotainment system. Reliability has been well below average. The 500 scored poorly in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

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