2015 Fiat 500

Pros: Unique, spunky personality; affordable prices on lower-end models; nimble handling, especially on Abarth model

Cons: Models with sport suspension ride stiffly; convertible’s folded top blocks rear visibility; super-cramped back seat; narrow cabin; limited front-seat headroom for tall occupants

CG Says: For 2015, the Fiat 500 gets a number of interior enhancements, including a high-definition digital instrument display (standard on most models); Bluetooth streaming audio capability; and a redesigned center console with a new cup holder design and an additional USB port. Also, the performance-oriented Abarth and Turbo models are now available with a 6-speed automatic transmission as well as the previous 5-speed manual. Even the most basic Fiat 500 is brimming with European personality. All are fun to drive, with the high-performance Abarth being among the most engaging cars in its price class. We especially love that model’s throaty exhaust. High-end versions of the 500 are on the pricey side. Further, Fiat recommends premium-grade gasoline for all 500s, even standard versions, which increases operating costs a bit. Still, the wide variety of models and features means there’s a 500 that can suit pretty much any taste.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door hatchback, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacture Fiat
Nation of Manufacturer Mexico
Base Prices Pop: $16,445
Sport: $17,500
Lounge: $18,500
Turbo: $19,500
Abarth: $22,195
Pop Cabrio: $19,945
Lounge Cabrio: $22,500
Abarth Cabrio: $26,195

Base Engine
1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
101
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34-40

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder (Turbo)
Horsepower
135
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder (Abarth)
Horsepower
160
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-34

2014 Fiat 500 Abarth
2015 Fiat 500 Abarth