While most Italian import cars, and electric cars in general, will cost you an arm and a leg, the FIAT 500e won’t. Its attractive entry-level price includes plenty of desirable features. This four-passenger hatchback offers a very sporty styled interior that’s available in one trim level. The 15” alloy wheels are actually quite fitting, and are made to get the most mpg with a unique air-flow design. Key features include: tinted windows, all power accessories, climate control, heated front seats, auto-dim rearview mirror, split 50/50 rear seats, Bluetooth with iPod and USB, six-speaker premium Alpine stereo system, TomTom navigation system with 4.3” touchscreen console, and optional e-Sport package (adds custom stitched seating and other sporty interior and exterior features), as well as an optional sunroof. An environmentally-friendly three-kilowatt electric engine makes 111 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque, able to go over 100 miles before needing a charge. The battery comes with a lifetime warranty, and the car comes with a 48-month/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.Read more Read less
For 2015, the Fiat 500 family sees mostly minor changes. A new 6-speed automatic transmission is key among them, optional on Abarth model. A new instrument panel features a 7-inch display with thin-film-transistor (TFT) technology. Bluetooth streaming audio is new as well. The FIAT 500L is new for 2014. The 500L adds two more doors and lot more practicality to the successful FIAT 500 formula. With much more interior space, getting five people comfortably into a 500L is a breeze. At the same time 500L remains light and nimble, still boasting extremely good mileage numbers. FIAT has also released the 500e in select markets. The 500e is the all-electric version of the FIAT 500, maintaining all of the 500's charm in a more environmentally friendly package. It is currently only sold in California.
Nimble, responsive driving feel; good gas mileage; Abarth model's track-ready performance; flamboyant exterior; practical, stylish interior
The FIAT 500 is a small 4-seater with cute looks and great fuel economy. It's relatively inexpensive, but does have some upscale pretentions, with some trims competing directly with rivals like the MINI Cooper S. Like much more expensive Italian cars, the FIAT 500 offers more customization potential than is typical for an inexpensive small car. With a FIAT Studio system at dealerships, buyers can customize with interior and exterior accessories, striping packages and more. FIAT 500 Abarth models also live up to the "small but wicked" approach that inspired the 1960s-era performance models before. The idea is to offer high performance in a small car, with a dash of Italian exotic personality and pedigree. Safety is also a strong point for the 500; it's been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.