Fiat 500 Overview
The 500's agile handling and crisp-shifting five-speed manual make it fun to drive. The nonturbo engine and manual gearbox returned 33-mpg overall, but you need to downshift frequently to keep up with traffic. A 135-hp turbo improves the experience, but the ride is choppy and the cabin noisy. Head room up front is good, but some will find the steering wheel too far away. The rear seats are very tight and difficult to access. The convertible has a clever top. The high-performance Abarth is quick, grips well, and has a bellowing, sporty exhaust note. At the same time, the 500e electric version is enjoyable for its silence and fuel economy. Reliability has been well below average. The 500 also scored poorly in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
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