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2012 FIAT 500c Overview (See Available Styles)

Yes, you read this correctly – Fiat is back in the States after more than a 20-year hiatus and their second offering to hit American shores is a convertible: the super-compact 2012 Fiat 500C.

If you can imagine taking a normal Fiat 500 and sliding a peeler from the top down towards the rear, then you'll have an idea of what the 2012 Fiat 500C looks like when the cloth-top is folded backwards on itself. The top retracts at speeds up to 50 mph at the touch of a button for easy access to the sunshine. Because the side windows remain intact, wind noise is kept at a minimum, while structural integrity remains strong. The 2012 Fiat 500C is seven inches shorter than the Mini Cooper, but much longer than the Smart ForTwo.

Available in two trims, Pop and Lounge, the 2012 Fiat 500C sports a tiny 101-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that uses Fiat’s MultiAir technology, which offers 10 percent greater fuel efficiency and power by varying intake-valve lift, not just the valve timing. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic is optional. Even though it’s a tiny little thing, the Fiat 500C has sport-tuned front and rear shocks, and independent front and semi-independent rear suspension which means that the 500C is no slouch in the bends. Another benefit to having such a small engine is that it receives good fuel economy, 27-30 mpg in the city and 32-38 mpg on the highway.

Feel free to order the 2012 Fiat 500C in any flavor you like, as it features over a dozen combinations of cabin colors and an array of interior accessories from Chrysler’s Mopar customization division. Remote entry, a CD stereo, auxiliary input jack, power windows and locks, air conditioning and cruise control come standard, while automatic climate control and heated leather seats are optional.

In terms of safety, the 2012 Fiat 500C includes seven airbags (driver’s knee airbag and two-row side curtain airbags), active front head restraints, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

The 2012 Fiat 500C is peppy, sporty, and fuel-efficient urban trekker that’s perfect for those sunny days.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 30 MPG
  • Highway: 38 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Good

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

17 of 19 (89%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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