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Fiat 500

2018
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The 500's alert handling, free-revving engine, and crisp-shifting manual make it engaging to drive. For 2018, the standard engine is the 135-hp, 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder, which provides decent performance. On all versions the ride is choppy and the cabin is noisy. Headroom up front is good, but some will find the narrow cockpit and driving position awkward: The steering wheel doesn't adjust for reach, so it is often too far away, forcing drivers to sit uncomfortably close. The tight rear seats are difficult to access, and the cargo area is minuscule. The convertible top can be pulled back like a sunroof or fully dropped. The sporty Abarth's 160-hp engine is quick and the car grips the road well, while the electric 500e is enjoyable for its silence and efficiency. The 500 hatchback scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
All Ratings & Reliability
2012-2017
2012 Redesign Year
Fiat 500 2017
The retro-styled 500 has agile handling, a willing engine, and a crisp-shifting manual transmission, all of which combine to make the Fiat fun to drive. The little 101-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission returned 33 mpg overall in our testing. However, it takes frequent downshifts to keep up with traffic on the highway. Zippy around town and easy to park, this two-door suffers from a choppy ride and a noisy cabin, which detract from the fun. The rear seats are very tight and difficult to access. Front-seat headroom is copious, but the cabin is narrow and some may find the steering wheel too far away. The convertible version has a clever sunroof feature. The sporty Abarth version is quick and fun to drive, but the throaty exhaust note can grow wearisome over time.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
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2016 N/A N/A
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2015 $8,550 - $13,900 $5,750 - $10,600
2014 $7,200 - $11,700 $4,500 - $8,600
2013 $6,050 - $10,375 $3,430 - $7,380
2012 $5,050 - $8,500 $2,485 - $5,635
2011
2011 Redesign Year
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 N/A N/A
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