2013 Fiat 500
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Might upgrade to an Arbath someday.

by from Salt Lake City, UT on March 5, 2014

The Fiat 500 POP is small, definitely not a family vehicle but it is designed with plenty of personality. One of Fiat’s biggest hurtles is overcoming the buzz “it’s a poor mans mini” or “it’s a poor i...
The Fiat 500 POP is small, definitely not a family vehicle but it is designed with plenty of personality. One of Fiat’s biggest hurtles is overcoming the buzz “it’s a poor mans mini” or “it’s a poor imitation of a mini” in reference to the British Mini Cooper. Admittedly, I used to be someone who held that view. 4 months later I begrudgingly went to take a look, took one for a test drive and the differences were immediately noticeable. The handling of the Fiat gives the same go-kart feel as if you are riding on rails, and it was a slightly smoother shifting and surprisingly better shocks. The Fiat wasn’t as bumpy or stiff as a Mini. It handled great in the snow and rain. These however are just the technical points. Some of the bells and whistles include the Blue&Me Bluetooth sync with your phone that also sync’s your contact list. Making for safe hands free driving, with controls for this feature conveniently located on the backside of the steering wheel, and usual stereo/radio with a package available for beats audio. Lets talk pretty. Available in 14 different colors the exterior will match panels on the interior, with a white or black contrast. The design is stylish with a little retro flair. The interior design is busy in some places and minimal in others. Stereo controls are minimal, and automatic window controls are one touch, but the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) can be a bit of a cluster. The speedometer is inset with the rpms, which is then inset with the EVIC. The EVIC will display the odometer, time, exterior temperature, and your choice of range remaining for gas, average fuel economy for trips A or B, instant economy, a digital display of speed or a variety of other customizable options. Aside from the potentially busy EVIC, the only draw back is space. The Fiat 500 POP is a subcompact car, so don’t expect the space of a sedan, and you won’t feel too claustrophobic. The only reason I selected a 3 for reliability is because they are still "new" and not much is known about reliability yet. I bought mine brand new, and everything has been great. Two passengers can sit comfortably in the front seats, but the back seat is more like “What backseat?” I can only liken the Fiat’s backseat usefulness to folding the seats down and fully utilizing the 73 cubic feet of cargo space rather than trying to transport actual people back there. Bless the kid who sat back there during our test drive.
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Great car

by from N,J, on July 20, 2012

Purchased car 6/11. I have driven 27,000 miles and the car has been a real pleasure. It is very comfortable on long trips, stable at highway speeds and very fuel efficient. Maintenance is no cost and ...
Purchased car 6/11. I have driven 27,000 miles and the car has been a real pleasure. It is very comfortable on long trips, stable at highway speeds and very fuel efficient. Maintenance is no cost and I haven't had one issue that required a dealer visit. If this car was German or Japanese Im sure most car magazines would be singing its praises! Terffic car!!
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A remarkable car for the price

by from Alexandria VA on January 10, 2014

I was coming out of a BMW so naturally had lower expectations for handling and power. Yes, it does have less power but what's there is more than adequate for this lightweight, beautifully designed car...
I was coming out of a BMW so naturally had lower expectations for handling and power. Yes, it does have less power but what's there is more than adequate for this lightweight, beautifully designed car. I was coming out of a store to the parking lot last week and found two guys giving my Fiat an up-close examination. When I got there they told me how beautiful it looks (I have the Expresso with the Ivory/Expresso interior) and peppered me with questions. I told them I was initially interested because of the styling, both inside and out. It's "different" but way cool. It is surprisingly roomy inside, but then again I haven't sat in the back seat. It's really a two person car. Four can fit, but don't make it a frequent event. The instrumentation, sound system, features (power windows, cruise control, rear-wiper, Tire Pressure Indicators, etc.) are great. The Bluetooth system is simple to operate (voice-operated), and far less complex than my new Subaru Outback voice operated system. Mileage is as advertised, 25-34 MPG, handling is "sporty" for this price range, the design and aesthetics are awesome. My only less than excellent comment is on power. It is more than adequate for this size car, but gone are my BMW days with confidence I could rapidly accelerate to get through that lane opening two cars ahead (probably a good thing - driving more safely). The Heating/Air Conditioning works great - I could go on. Bottom line is you can't find another vehicle in this price range with the looks, features, ride, handling, and "wow" factor. No regrets - I love this car. BTW, I highly recommend the Maxpider custom "tray" floor mats for this car (and all others). They are extremely well-made, reasonably priced, and will provide years of protection for the interior carpet area. Oh, and if you want more power they have other models that provide it in spades. And did I say it parks like a dream - no more searching for spaces, it fits anywhere and no worries about dinged doors since there is always plenty of space on either side due to its small size.
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Little pocket rocket

by from Butler, Ky. on December 19, 2012

Bought a new Fiat 500 Pop model. I am amazed at all of the features that come standard in this basic model, such as: electric locks/windows; hands free phone operation; cruise; a/c; am/fm w/cdp; adjus...
Bought a new Fiat 500 Pop model. I am amazed at all of the features that come standard in this basic model, such as: electric locks/windows; hands free phone operation; cruise; a/c; am/fm w/cdp; adjustable front seat (up & down as well as normal adjustment); sport button on dash to tighten steering and give extra power for curvy roads; 7 airbags; traction control; and other features as well, such as trip meter, etc. As far as comfort, i have a bad back, and it's hard to find seats that are comfortable for me. The front seats in the Fiat are super comfortable. When i sit in the driver's seat, i feel as though the designer actually built the car around me. The ride is extremely comfortable for a car this size, and it cruises comfortable on the expressway at 80mph, no strain at all on the engine. Shifting on my 5 speed is short, the the knob is right at my fingertips. Clutch is light and easy. It is very peppy. I haven't checked gas miliage yet, however i can tell that it is excellant. Most people average higher than the sticker says. When you shut the doors, you get that "solid" sound. You can tell that the car is build solid. It is a blast to drive. I really can't say anything as far as reliablilty yet, i only have 1,100 miles on it, but no problems to date, which is normal for a new car. The dash layout (speedo, etc.) takes a little getting used to, but once you do, you'll love it's design. You can park it anywhere, and the turning radius is amazing. This is by far the most fun vehicle that i have ever owned, and i have owned many cars over the years. What you get for the price on these little cars is amazing, compared to other makes and models. I can't think of one negative thing to say about the Fiat 500, it's just the perfect little car at a great price. It does take a while to stop at a store though, everyone comes up to you and asks questions about the car. I don't mind this at all though, it's fun telling people all about the features. I highly recommend the new Fiats, you'll love it once you buy it!!
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Fun-love at first drive!

by from Virginia Beach, VA on March 12, 2013

When my SUV of 15 years needed repairs I had to rent a car. It was a Fiat 500 POP and I fell in love with it! That was 3 months ago and now I have one. This gas saving car is peppy, comfortable, and h...
When my SUV of 15 years needed repairs I had to rent a car. It was a Fiat 500 POP and I fell in love with it! That was 3 months ago and now I have one. This gas saving car is peppy, comfortable, and handles very well. Space has not been an issue- groceries fit well in the rear cargo space and fold the seats down to find plenty of room for gardening supplies, flowers, etc. It will make you feel happy everyday to drive this car. Awesome!
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What more could you want?

by from Kansas City, MO on May 4, 2013

There is only one word to describe this car... Amazing! I purchased the car back in January, 2013 and it has been one of the best values for the money I've ever bought. Many people will buy this car f...
There is only one word to describe this car... Amazing! I purchased the car back in January, 2013 and it has been one of the best values for the money I've ever bought. Many people will buy this car for the gas mileage, and this car does not disappoint. I find myself consistently getting more miles to the gallon than is advertised on my drives into work. I am getting around 33 city and around 43-44 on the highway. And for those who are taller and want a car like this, I am 6'4 and I fit surprisingly well into the car. I don't really ever feel cramped. The car is also fun to drive. I know it only has a 1.4 liter with 101 hp, but it gets up and goes quite well, and it is very maneuverable around the corners. Also, I would recommend the manual gearbox over the automatic one after driving both, since the automatic isn't what I'd call brilliant. Overall, to wrap this up, the car is fun to drive, spacious, very economical, and it just looks good.
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She's got ot all!

by from Pompano Beach, FL on March 23, 2013

My "little buttercup" is a FIAT 500 POP--yellow. I simply love this car. She is comfortable: seat is high making it easy to get in and out; the arm rest is high and supportive; the dash board is very ...
My "little buttercup" is a FIAT 500 POP--yellow. I simply love this car. She is comfortable: seat is high making it easy to get in and out; the arm rest is high and supportive; the dash board is very informative and compact; the road view is excellent--best of any car this ole lady, of 82 years, has ever had in a car. This car is easy to drive and I do feel secure and in control. I simply love my new yellow FIAT and so far have nothing but praise.
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Exceeds my expectations

by from Minneapolis MN on June 19, 2014

I had rented a 500 sport with an automatic and I was impressed by the handling, the fuel economy and the design. My little POP is better that the rental in just about every way. It has a bit softer s...
I had rented a 500 sport with an automatic and I was impressed by the handling, the fuel economy and the design. My little POP is better that the rental in just about every way. It has a bit softer suspension, so the ride is more comfortable. It has a manual so the mileage and the driving experience is better. Finally, it has the white steering wheel and interior, in combination with a light green exterior and a sunroof. I feel like I'm back in the 60s in a car that has all of the modern features and the perfect retro style. It makes me smile everytime I look at it, driving is a joy and my payment is less than most people spend on Cable TV.
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I love my Fiat!

by from Alamogordo, NM on September 7, 2013

I bought a 2013 Fiat 500 Lounge Gucci Edition back in July and I love it. I recently took a road trip and I got 44 MPG!! It was only supposed to get 35 MPG. Around town I get about 33-36, which is bet...
I bought a 2013 Fiat 500 Lounge Gucci Edition back in July and I love it. I recently took a road trip and I got 44 MPG!! It was only supposed to get 35 MPG. Around town I get about 33-36, which is better than the 30 MPG it was supposed to get. The only thing I wish it had that is doesn't is electronic seat controls and lumbar support. I have a bad back so I get a little stiff on long trips. Other than that I love all the features. The price was great too. I couldn't believe a fully loaded Gucci edition was only a little over $25,000. My friend liked it so much he bought an Abarth! I love the sunroof. I've never had a car with a sunroof. It's really great on nice days. The interior is fantastic. Black and ivory with gucci stripes on the middle of the seats and Gucci "G" symbols embossed on the seats. The seat belts are Gucci colored. I love it! Theres a normal amount of room in the front, but if you have a person in the backseat theres not a whole lot of room. I would highly recommend this car for gas milage, price, features and looks!
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Love this Car

by from Toronto on July 13, 2012

This is not your old FIAT, this is a modern city car. Excellent to drive, looks vastly different than all other cars on the road, and is built like a tank.
This is not your old FIAT, this is a modern city car. Excellent to drive, looks vastly different than all other cars on the road, and is built like a tank.
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