2014 FIAT 500

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Key Specs
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Key Specs

of the 2014 FIAT 500. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    30-34 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    101-hp, 1.4-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Many standard features
  • Braking
  • City-friendly turning circle (excluding Abarth)
  • Gas mileage with manual transmission
  • Acceleration in Turbo, Abarth

The Bad

  • Highway ride
  • Body roll
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Visibility
  • Backseat and cargo room

Notable Features of the 2014 FIAT 500

  • Two-door subcompact hatchback
  • 500c with accordion-style soft-top
  • 500 Turbo and high-performance Abarth versions available
  • Fully electric 500e available in California

What Is the 2014 Fiat 500?

The 2014 Fiat 500 is a two-door subcompact hatchback that competes with the Mini Cooper, Scion iQ and Smart ForTwo. It's available in Pop, Sport, Lounge, Turbo and Abarth trim levels. The soft-top 500c and all-electric 500e are covered separately.

What's New on the 2014 Fiat 500?

For 2014, the Fiat 500 has an updated front passenger seat with seat-position memory, a new inboard armrest and a lower position that makes for an extra inch of headroom.

How Does the 2014 Fiat 500 Compare to Other Subcompact Cars?

The Fiat 500 Turbo has better ride quality and fuel economy than the Mini Cooper S. However, all Fiat 500 models, like the Mini, recommend premium gas, a rarity in the segment.

What Features in the 2014 Fiat 500 Are Most Important?

The Fiat 500 comes standard with a 101-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Turbo edition upgrades performance with a 135-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The Abarth trim adds even more with up to 160 hp thanks to a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder. The 500 Sport and 500 Turbo feature a sport-tuned suspension, and the 500 Abarth has a performance suspension.

Significant standard features include 15-inch steel wheels, a rear spoiler, power-adjustable heated side mirrors, dual chrome tailpipes, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and speed controls, a 50/50-split folding backseat, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, and a CD stereo system with a USB port and MP3 jack.

Available features include a power sunroof, a glass roof, fog lights, 15- or 16-inch aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, sport seats, automatic air conditioning, Beats by Dr. Dre audio system and a TomTom navigation system.

Standard safety features include antilock brakes, seven airbags, an electronic stability system and active front head restraints. Rear parking sensors are available.

Should I Buy the 2014 Fiat 500?

The 2014 Fiat 500 is a great choice if you value plentiful standard features, responsive braking and cost-saving gas mileage with the manual transmission. In addition, all models except the Abarth provide a narrow turning circle, and the Turbo and Abarth trims deliver quick acceleration. However, excessive body roll, a choppy highway ride, uncomfortable front seats and poor visibility are all marks against it. It also has a narrow backseat and limited cargo room, both of which are hallmarks of the subcompact class.

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What Drivers Are Saying


Well-engineered, comfortable, and fun to drive

by tmarshall777 from Tucson, AZ on August 27, 2018

I've owned a number of cars over the years from two VW GTIs, Acura RSX Type-S, Subaru WRX, Toyota Prius C (fabulous and fun car; super efficient, like an iPOD on wheels) and this is definitely one of ... Read full review


Style and reliability. Love the 1957 styling.

by Summer from Largo, FL on July 28, 2017

Love this little cutie. So reliable and versatile. Easy entry and exit, economic, easy to park. Never had a problem in 3 years ! Classic style of the 1957 edition will never get old. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2014 FIAT 500 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 FIAT 500 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/80,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required


  • Roadside Assistance


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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