2017 Fiat 500L

Pros: Good overall passenger and cargo space within a relatively small “footprint;” generous amount of standard features; spunky, expressive styling stands out from competitors

Cons: Middling acceleration at low RPM; engine is a bit noisy during acceleration; raised-height rear seats can compromise headroom for tall occupants

CG Says: The Fiat 500L drops its six-speed manual and six-speed automated-manual transmissions for 2017. A six-speed automatic is now standard on all 500Ls. The 500L is a compact four-door wagon with seating for five. The sole drivetrain for the front-whee-drive 500L is a 160-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate controls and panoramic sunroof. Though larger and more practical than its two-door stablemate, the Fiat 500, the 500L retains its smaller sibling’s unique European styling and much of its fun-to-drive character. Visibility is excellent, and the interior’s more conventional control layout will appeal to a broader range of potential customers. Rear-seat headroom and some odd choices for cargo carrying are issues we’d like to see addressed. Still, the Fiat 500L offers shoppers a lot of convenience features at an aggressive price. A wide range of custom/personalization accessories will go some way toward allowing buyers to make a 500L uniquely their own.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Fiat
Nation of Manufacture Serbia
Base Prices Pop: $20,995
Trekking: $22,995
Lounge: $23,695

Base Engine
1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
160
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30