The car has been Chryslerized and for the US marketisn't the engine that the European car has. After 2,500 miles, obviously enough driving time to get an impression of what the car does well, but for ...
The car has been Chryslerized and for the US marketisn't the engine that the European car has. After 2,500 miles, obviously enough driving time to get an impression of what the car does well, but for LT durability that jury is still out.
Ground clearance, just be patient instead of trying to straddle grass and even lower curbs, otherwise you'll scrape bottom or in some cases the front spindle arms.
Performance, the car is 0-60 in 9.2-9.5 seconds. Not a ball of fire, but traffic is going to make that unnoticeable & immaterial. A lot of faster and higher priced new vehicles are going to be 2 seconds and more quicker 0-60 and even thru the 1/4 mile. Considering the 2+ second safe following distance rule, this actually works for being a safe driver, because floored, you're going to be 2+ seconds behind the hot rodder with 300+ hp.
Highway driving, this car has no problem keeping up with traffic in the city or on the highway. Add that you won't be the front runner and someone else is going to collect speeding citations and preoccupy the state trooper while you conserve fuel and make solid progress to your destination.
Cruising range ? The 10.5 gallon tank is no problem in the city. I think it needs a 12.5 or 13 gallon tank to easily get 400+ miles with the automatic transmission? The manual transmissin may get the 400+ miles. My actual fuel economy is about 33 mpg combined and I actually drive it 45/55 %, city/highway. That highway mileage has several stretches of longer miles of 0-10, maybe even 20 mph gridlock. So it's actually worse than city traffic. Imagine a stretch of 6 lane highway 10-12 miles of gridlock. Yep, that's Miami, FL from 25th in Doral to 154th in Miami Lakes. I put 80 miles on it each day. So it's a commuter. 2,000 miles a month.
Hard to say it will do better or worse for mpg due to traffic. Combined though, I've goten as good as 34.6 and as bad as 30.5 on that commute. EPA estimates, 27 city 34 highway and epa combined 45/55 % 30 mpg. Some days are wors than others but my combined mpg feels better than the epa estimates. At a speedometer indicated 75 mph, the engine turns 3,000 rpms. The speedo errors high, so 49 mph is actually 45 mph with the 195/45/16's. There's a road that has a radar detected speed indicator, so if that is calibrated as accurate, the peedometer error that virtually every car has is within that acceptable tolerance.
The car grows on you. Coming from a mid-size SUV, small car anxiety is real, because there are bullies that try to push you around because their car is bigger and quicker. Give them that space, because they'll stop after taking it from you every time. They close on the car in front of them and can't go anyways. $ 32-38 gas fill ups are good things.
One last word, interior space, this car is a 2 seater really for adults. The hatchback storage area, it's a large grocery cart. I guess you could put a small child in the back seat, but really, fold the seats down and load up your bulk purchase of groceries. The car is ideal for retired empty nesters or kids in high school/college. As well as my case, a commuter that gets better fuel economy. There are vehicles that do that better, but very few do it with the heritage & history the Fiat 500 does t with. I will honestly report that I can park it at Starbucks in a parking lot with Porsches, Audis, Lexus, BMW and other high end cars and the Fiat gets more attention & looks. The car is simply a chick magnet, it's the adorably cute little puppy in a room full of dogs.