Fiat 500L Overview
The 500L looks good on paper but is let down by its stiff ride, flat seats, and odd driving position. Around town it feels sluggish and hesitant. The automated manual makes jerky shifts; go for the new conventional automatic instead. This quasi-wagon responds eagerly in turns and handles securely at its limits. But the driving position is odd, with a buslike steering-wheel rake and windshield pillars that hamper the view. We like the 500L's easy access, commodious interior, and spacious backseat. A tiny 5-inch screen is used for the Uconnect system. The 500L scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test. First-year reliability has been well below average.
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