Fiat 500L Overview
More than an overgrown 500, the 500L is let down by a jerky sequential automatic, stiff ride, flat seats, and odd driving position. Around town, the 500L feels sluggish and hesitant, but that improves if you choose the new conventional automatic. We like the 500L's easy access, commodious interior, and spacious backseat. A tiny five-inch screen is used to access the simple UConnect system. The car responds eagerly in turns and handles securely at its limits. But the driving position is odd, with a bus-like steering-wheel rake and far-off, four-pillar windshield. The 500L scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test. First year reliability has been well below average.
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