Price Range (MSRP): $16,845 (500) to $31,800 (500e)
Fiat is the Italian alternative to the MINI Cooper. Fiat offers a small line-up of vehicles (no pun intended) for city-friendly driving.
The 500 is a tiny, fuel-efficient hatchback that is easy to park. This year, the 500 adds an Easy trim level to join the Pop, Sport, Lounge, Turbo, and Abarth. The Easy trim comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, an Alpine premium audio system, and 15-inch aluminum wheels. All 500 trims get an updated Uconnect multimedia system, which includes a 5-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio.
For some fun in the sun, the 500c is a cloth top version of the 500. It utilizes a trunk compartment in place of a liftgate.
For more versatility, the 500L has 4-doors and seats 5 passengers. It competes with the MINI Countryman. A newly available appearance package includes a red roof and side mirrors.
The 4-door 500X compact crossover is an all-new model for 2016. It is distinctively a Fiat with more rugged features. It seats 5 passengers and 50.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the 60/40-split rear seat folded down. It is powered by a standard 160-hp, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. A more powerful 180-hp, turbocharged 2.4-liter engine mated to a 9-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, but an all-wheel drive system with a disconnecting rear axle is available.
Exclusive to select U.S. states, the 500e is the electric version of the 500 hardtop. It has an EPA-estimated 87-mile driving range. It is powered by a 111-hp electric motor and 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. With a 240-volt Level 2 charger, the 500e can be charged in approximately 4 hours. An integrated navigation system comes standard.