Fun to drive
This is exactly what I wanted for driving to/from gym, grocery store, etc. Fun to drive & good on gas. It is NOT good for driving up & down steep hills. Or accelerating onto a freeway. The power just isn’t there. But if you’re mostly doing flat city driving, it’s great. I love it.
Eye catching, distinctive, economical drive
Purchased preowned, Pop model, 5 speed manual, non-turbo 1.4 multiair engine. Loved this car, distinctive from ho-hum daily driver crackerbox cars with Italian Euro style. Excellent 40 mpg highway, 30 city. Great interior for 2, economical way to enjoy zipping around exploring. Can hold a surprising amount of items, too. Decent stock radio. Maintenance experience, routine, but had to replace a rear wheel bearing and occasionally experienced stuck rear disc brake caliper. Highway ride compliant enough, absorbs bumps okay and car handled well in tight turns, but take care not to push too hard with short wheelbase. Handled snow surprisingly well with winter tires. Caution, could use a backup camera, poor rearward visibility. Be alert in lane changing. Great shifting 5 speed gearbox. Engine and exhaust note cool. Sounds different! Acceleration okay off the line, needs room for passing and has little power for the long hills, but, hey, for the price (and character) allow for it! Let the Pickup and SUV guys have it their way, if you like small cars you may just plain enjoy driving what the critics dislike and save some $$ in the process, especially with gas prices climbing. Understand the bad experience of some folks but for me it worked out okay. Looking forward to trying another one.
Tons of Character and Fun to Drive
The Fiat 500 Lounge is a great value and fun to drive. The 1.4L zips the car around cities with authority thanks to the 5 speed.. For a sub compact it's quite luxurious and quiet. Not all of the interior elements are of high quality; however, the overall package is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. It's also very economical. Totally recommend!
An Abarth for Adults
When I look for a daily driver, I want something that won't put me to sleep, gets decent fuel economy, is as small as possible, and reliable. Logically an Italian car can knock out at least two of those pre-requisites but fuel-efficient and reliable? That's not really Italy's forte, after all, we all know FIAT stands for Fix It Again Tony. Here's the plot twist, with a manual transmission a Fiat 500 is dead reliable. Yes, there are little things that aren't great, notably the vent controls are made of glass but, mechanically, if you take care of your Fiat and do your maintenance on time like you are supposed to, it will take care of you. I have four friends with 500s over 150k miles, one is nearly at 250k miles. Between the lot of them, all that has gone wrong is a tranny on the 250k mile car, which was hardly the car's fault since his roommate money shifted into 3rd instead of 5th. Why he was going fast enough to shred third gear makes sense when you get into one. It is like the free to play version of a Maserati, you get a shove from the turbocharger and feel like you're at "go to jail" speeds then look down and you're only cracking 80 mph. The handling is second to none and I've already been able to pull away from a BMW M3 owner who was tailgating me through a curvy section of road. This car is the epitome of slow-car-fast, I have more fun driving this on a regular basis than I had with my Supra, MR2, GSR-swapped Civic, or Cressida. My car has so far proven reliable and puts a smile on my face like none other. Driving a Fiat 500 turbo is ludicrously fun and for $6k, I can't think of a car that better balances performance, efficiency, and performance better.
Fiat 500 Pop Really Does Pop!
We bought this car to have an around-town vehicle for our son to drive to college. We owned it 7 years and loved every minute of it. it is a real head-turner. Very easy to drive, reliable, quick, unbelievably easy to park. Has a surprising amount of storage space. Rear seat is tight but that's the story of this class of vehicle. Head room very good. Visibility excellent. Technology of the media and phone were easy but the computer trip tech was challenging to learn. Many high end features such as hill assist and Tire pressure made it a great deal, bang for the buck. Italian design really very beautiful for such a budget car.
Perfect car for everyday use and parking ability.
This car has been very reliable and easily fits in the smallest parking places. It is my favorite, out of all the cars I have owned.
Nice clean car....has a few things that the dealer will fix......car is just what my daughter wanted....she is very happy so far with the car.
Fiat didn't know how to market this car
Fantastic car. Fun to drive, great stereo, easy to park, 40 mpg. I went from a 911 turbo (type 993) as a daily driver to this and the 500 Sport is way more fun to drive. Floor it in 1st, 2nd, 3rd gear; look down at the speedo and you're doing 47 mph. Try doing that in a Porsche. Shock damping is perfect for U.S. roads. Abarth was too stiffly sprung, IMO. Totally reliable, only issue ever was a wheel bearing replaced under warranty. A brilliant car all around.
Fun and reliable little car
I bought this car new at a huge discount price in 2014 and never regretted this choice. The seating position is surprisingly high compared to a Mini but once you get used to it, it has its advantage in the traffic. Mine was a sport model, non-turbo, manual, with leather seats. Despite it's small engine, this car was plenty of fun without fearing a ticket and the stick shift was incredibly easy and direct. I drove this car from SC to GA, FL, NC and TN and it never let me down or felt too slow compared to the rest of the traffic. My two regrets? Selling it and hearing that FIAT is going to stop selling it in the US. If you can find one, get it!
Still feeling out the car. Need few months ti evaluate. But like I said. I am impressed. I do like the performance and the mpg.