FIAT expands its lineup for 2014, introducing the new 500L which joins the diminutive 500 on American shores.
The 500 has been one of the most popular cars in Europe for several years and the compact MINI-fighter is now stateside as well. Its unique shape and Italian styling, it has no trouble standing out in the crowd. Last year, the 500 added a turbo trim that gets a more powerful 135-hp engine, which bridges the gap between standard trims and the high performance Abarth.
The Pop, Lounge, and Abarth trims of the 500 are also available as a convertible, called the 500c.
New for 2014 is the larger 500L which keeps much of the same styling as the 500, but offers a larger wheelbase, four-doors, and seating for five passengers. If the 500 is the MINI, the 500L is similar to the Countryman. Under the hood is the same 160-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the Abarth, giving the 500L plenty of pep.