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2017 FIAT 124 Spider


City 26 MPG Hwy 35 MPG

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Overall Rating:
4.5 (out of 5)
Value 4.5
Exterior 4.9
Interior 4.6
Comfort 4.3
Performance 4.5
Reliability 4.3
Outstanding sports car

by CG from Asheville, NC | May 04, 2020

A fantastic driving experience. The 124 Spider has outstanding performance and handling along with classic styling - all at a reasonable price. If you enjoy top down motoring on a twisty road, the 124 Spider deserves a serious look.

Weirdly fantastic for a daily driver...

by CB from Charlotte | March 19, 2020

I've owned this car for about 3 months so far, and so far it has been fantastic! So fun to drive, quick, and turns heads very often. Let me start out by saying that the version of this car with the halogen headlights is hideous, it looks super bug-eyed from the front in my opinion. The car I bought is the Lusso Plus trim with LED headlights and I think it legitimately looks fantastic from all angles, who doesn't love the low slung roadster look, and the LED headlights have fantastic visibility compared to the halogens and the Miata. I test drove a 2018 Miata while shopping around and while it was equally fun, I think the Fiat looks significantly better and sounds much more aggressive than the Mazda, which makes this an absolute blast to drive down city streets. I do think Fiat really dropped the ball with this car though, so many people ask me what it is. "Is it a new Miata", "Is it a new 2020 Fiat, I haven't heard of it?", stuff like that. That being said it really can't be beat for the price, super sporty, better steering than the Miata, and the suspension is a little softer, perfect for a daily driver. Noise on the highway isn't that bad honestly, quieter than many convertibles since they all come with the Miata's optional acoustic soft-top, and driving around town it is very quiet with the top up. The engine is a real high-point compared to the Miata of the same year though, a bit of fun turbo-lag and then poof, you're off with the grunt of a much larger engine. Gas mileage is fantastic as well, I pretty much exclusively use it for city driving with occasional highway trips, and in the city I get 25 MPG average. On longer trips with a lot of highway driving it will sometimes creep up to 39-40 MPG, but usually averages out around 35 MPG. This is all with me driving, and I do not go easy on the little 1.4L either. Wringing the car out is really where the Fiat feels like a much more expensive car though. I only paid $19k for a fully speced out Lusso model with 12.5k miles, and it drives better than a lot of higher end cars it would compete with that I've driven namely a 2015 BMW Z4 or a 2017 Subaru BRZ Limited with the performance package. Drifting is also a breeze if you're interested in that... The traction control will freak out if you keep it on, but the turbocharged engine has enough grunt to make you feel like a drift king even on dry pavement once the turbo kicks in. Really the only qualm I've had with the car was the dealership experience which many people have also brought up, I bought it from a Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat dealership and the only Fiat they had on the lot was a pink 500X, all of the Spiders, 500s, and 500Ls were located in their auxiliary parking so test driving and buying the car was kind of a pain. Since the salesman had to drive to the auxiliary lot and back which took like 25 minutes for both Spiders, the one I test drove, and the one I bought. Also, when I bought the car the coolant was incredibly low, below the overflow reservoirs bottom, and wasn't topped up during the final inspection, which I thought was very unprofessional. Then when I called I was basically told that because it was Sunday I wouldn't be able to get it topped up until late Monday and that I should be able to buy it myself it I wanted to top it up. I asked the salesman if there was any particular type it used and he said any would be fine... Which is very untrue for this car as it requires a very specific type and says you can use a regular IAT or HOAT coolant you should immediately drive it too the dealership to get drained as it can damage and clog the engine passages, and makes me glad I didn't take his word at face-value and instead checked the manual.

As a true Mazda Miata fan ...

by I'm analytical but fair from Gulf Breeze, FL | March 09, 2020

my comfort in this Fiat purchase was that it was manufactured by Mazda and interior is identical to the Miata! At 1200 miles it's fun!

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2017 FIAT 124 Spider Overview


The 2017 FIAT 124 Spider is an all-new compact roadster that shares its platform with the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Although the 124 Spider has an Italian-inspired design, it is actually assembled in Japan. It has three trims available: the Classica, Lusso, and Abarth.

Overall, the 124 Spider looks friendlier and less aggressive than its MX-5 Miata counterpart. The sporty front-end features a hexagonal grille, teardrop-shaped headlights, and a segmented lower fascia. The rear-end has a boxier, broader appearance than the MX-5. The Abarth version looks much more aggressive with its black-masked, wide-mouth lower fascia. 16-inch aluminum wheels come standard, while adaptive headlights, LED daytime running lamps, fog lights, heated side mirrors, 17-inch aluminum wheels, Brembo disc brakes, and a large bonnet racing stripe are available.

Under the hood, the 124 Spider is powered by a 165-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir 4-cylinder engine that produces 184 pounds-feet of torque mated to a standard 6-speed manual or optional automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Touring suspension with a double wishbone front and a multilink rear design gives a responsive feel to the 124 Spider. The Abarth comes with stiffer suspension for less body roll.

The sporty interior of the 124 Spider is virtually identical to the MX-5 with only few more leather-trim accents. The center stack features a standard audio system with a 3-inch display and Bluetooth connectivity. It can be upgraded with a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen, an integrated navigation system, and a Bose premium audio system. Two-tone leather seats, Alcantara Recaro seats, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, remote keyless entry, push-button start, and a leather-wrapped shift knob are available as well.

Standard safety features include front air bags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system. A blindspot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, and a backup camera are also available.