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Its adorable styling may make shoppers almost want to hug the 500X, but the more time they spend with it, the more its appeal wanes, thanks to its stiff ride, noisy cabin, restricted visibility, annoying vibration when idling, and unsupportive seats. Styled like a burlier version of the discontinued Fiat 500, the X is a sibling vehicle to the Jeep Renegade, and it shares some of the same virtues and weaknesses.
Both have a nine-speed automatic that is neither smooth nor responsive. When we tested it with the old 2.4-liter engine, its fuel economy was unimpressive. A new 1.3-liter turbo engine is likely to improve that by 1 or 2 mpg. The interior has some flair, and there are a number of available advanced safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning.
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2016-2019
2016 Redesign Year
With its adorable styling you almost want to hug this latest Fiat. But the more time you spend with it, the more its appeal wanes, thanks to its stiff ride, noisy cabin, restricted visibility, annoying vibration when idling, and unsupportive seats.
Styled like a burlier Fiat 500, the X is a sister vehicle to the Jeep Renegade, and it shares some of the same virtues and weaknesses. Both models offer two four-cylinder engines: the 160-hp, 1.4-liter turbo and a 180-hp, 2.4-liter. Both are mated to a nine-speed automatic that is neither smooth nor responsive. Fuel economy, at 23 mpg overall, is unimpressive for a vehicle this size. The interior has some flair, and a number of upscale features, such as heated seats, blind-spot warning, and lane-departure warning, are available.
$16,600 - $19,900
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$12,975 - $17,000
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$11,175 - $14,925
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$9,350 - $13,450
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