Fiat is an enormous Italian conglomerate that includes all of the Chrysler brands in its portfolio. The Fiat brand was reintroduced in the U.S. in 2011 with the diminutive, retro-styled 500. Despite attractive looks and a fun driving experience, various crudities limit its appeal. The 500L proved unimpressive in our tests and is routinely among the least-reliable new cars in our reliability survey. The 500X is stylish and has a number of available safety features, but it had a rather mediocre performance in our testing. One bright spot is the 124 Spider, an engaging roadster that is based on the Mazda Miata and uses a Fiat engine. Reliability and owner satisfaction are quite low for the Fiat-sourced models, with only the 124 Spider found to be pleasing to buyers.
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