GREEN CHOICE
2018
GREEN CHOICE

Fiat 124

Don’t dismiss the 124 Spider simply because other Fiats have not done well in our tests. Underneath the car’s bodywork - inspired by the Pininfarina-designed 124 Spider from the 1960s and ‘70s - is essentially a Mazda MX-5 Miata. As such it retains the Miata’s nimble, fun-to-drive essence, while bringing a turbocharged engine and decent seats.
Fiat 124 Road Test

Don’t dismiss the 124 Spider simply because other Fiats have not done well in our tests. Underneath the car’s bodywork - inspired by the Pininfarina-designed 124 Spider from the 1960s and ‘70s - is essentially a Mazda MX-5 Miata. As such it retains the Miata’s nimble, fun-to-drive essence, while bringing a turbocharged engine and decent seats. It also retains the Miata’s tight accommodations and elevated noise levels, making it more of a weekend toy than a daily commuter.

All 124 Spiders come with Fiat/Chrysler’s widely used 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 160 horsepower, as opposed to the Miata’s 155-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder. But like the Mazda, you have a choice of a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic.

The 124’s turbo engine is fairly hearty and revs willingly, delivering noticeably good punch at mid-range revs. That engine sound is uninspiring, however, getting rattly the more you wind it out. A baby Ferrari with a stirring exhaust, this is not.

Best Version to Get
If you’re looking for a sports car that behaves and sounds like a classic roadster, go for the Abarth. If you’re attracted to the Fiat styling and the open top motoring, choose the Lusso with an automatic transmission.
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