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2011 Fiat 500

At a Glance

Pricing $15,500 - $23,500
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.4l I4, 1.4l I4 T
Transmissions A6, M5
Fuel Economy 27-30 (city), 34-38 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 59

Overview Information

The Fiat 500 has a rich history not unlike that of the Volkswagen Beetle. The original was a small rear-engine car that Fiat produced for almost 20 years. The modern version was introduced in 2007 in Europe and 2011 in America. The diminutive four-passenger 500 is larger than a Smart ForTwo, but smaller than a Toyota Yaris. Fiat offers the 500 in three trim levels ranging in price from $16,000 to over $20,000 with options. All equip a fuel-efficient 1.4l four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels. The performance oriented 500 Abarth adds a turbocharger increasing the power output to 160-bhp. Weighing just 2500 pounds, the Abarth is sure to be a pocket rocket. The 500 is sold through a select number of Chrysler dealerships.

What Changed:

The US version of the Fiat 500 arrives for the 2012 model year. The 500 is a small front-wheel-drive car with seating for four passengers. In size, the 500 is smaller than vehicles like the Mazda Mazda2, Mini Cooper and Toyota Yaris, yet significantly larger than the Smart Fortwo. A 1.4l four-cylinder engine is standard on all models. Three trim levels are offered: Pop, Sport, and Lounge. The performance oriented 500 Abarth adds a turbocharger increasing the power output to 160-bhp.

Official Word:

Faithful to the "small but wicked" saying coined for Karl Abarth's cars in the 1960s, the new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth arrives to America with the racing traditions that have made it a success on European roadways and racetracks - world-class performance and precision, purposeful and aggressive styling, high power-to-weight ratio and limited-production volume. "Bringing the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth to the U.S. enables us to reach out to driving enthusiasts who want Italian performance at...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
500 Pop 1.4l I4 (101-bhp) M5 FWD 30/38/34 43 $15,500
500 Pop 1.4l I4 (101-bhp) A6 FWD 27/34/30 43 $16,500
500 Sport 1.4l I4 (101-bhp) M5 FWD 30/38/34 46 $17,500
500 Sport 1.4l I4 (101-bhp) A6 FWD 27/34/30 46 $18,500
500 Lounge 1.4l I4 (101-bhp) A6 FWD 27/34/30 43 $19,500
500 Abarth 1.4l I4 T (160-bhp) M5 FWD 59 $22,000
500 Gucci 1.4l I4 (101-bhp) A6 FWD 27/34/30 43 $23,500