2016 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 2016, all Fiat 500 models get a Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch-screen. A new Easy model joins the lineup. 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: $16,995
Easy: $17,745
Sport: $17,900
Lounge: $20,395
Turbo: $19,700
Abarth: $22,575
Pop Cabrio: $20,395
Easy Cabrio: $21,395
Lounge Cabrio: $24,495
Abarth Cabrio: $26,695

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
2016 Fiat 500 Abarth