2017 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 2017, Fiat 500 reduces trim levels to Pop, Lounge, and Abarth. Fiat has also reduced the starting price by about $2000. Fiat 500 is a front-wheel-drive subcompact available in two-door hatchback and convertible bodystyles. The 500 Cabrio is an unconventional convertible with a power-operated fabric panel down the middle of the car that retracts on fixed roof rails. Two engines are offered: a 101-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder in Pop and Lounge and 160-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder in Abarth. Both engines mate to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Because of its nimble handling, we put 500 in our Sporty/Performance Car category. 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 hatchback: $14,995
Pop Cabrio convertible: $16,490
Lounge hatchback: $18,395
Lounge Cabrio convertible: $19,890
Abarth hatchback: $19,995
Abarth Cabrio convertible: $21,490

Base Engine
1.4-liter 4-cylinder (Pop, Lounge)
Horsepower
101
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-38

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)
32-33

2014 Fiat 500 Abarth
2017 Fiat 500 Abarth
2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio
2017 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio