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2016 FIAT 500

$8,278 — $18,006 USED
Hatchback
4 Seats
30-35 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2016 FIAT 500 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 FIAT 500
  • Turbo or normally aspirated engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Digital instrument panel available
  • 500c with accordion-style soft-top available
  • Fully electric 500e available in select states

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The two-door, four-seat Fiat 500 competes with subcompact cars like the Mini Cooper and Smart ForTwo. A cabrio version, dubbed 500c, is available, and buyers can also opt for a high-performance Abarth model or, in select states, the fully electric 500e. All versions have front-wheel drive.

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New for 2016
A new Easy trim level slots between the Pop and Sport models and has a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, Alpine premium audio and 15-inch aluminum wheels. All models have a standard Uconnect multimedia system with a 5-inch touch-screen and Bluetooth connectivity.
Significant Standard Features

  • Uconnect multimedia system with Bluetooth
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • 50/50-split folding backseat
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Air conditioning
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 135-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (Turbo)
  • Power sunroof
  • Navigation system
  • Automatic temperature control
  • BeatsAudio premium sound system

500c
The 500c has a cloth top with various retraction settings, from a sunroof-like ceiling opening to a completely stowed accordion — rear window and all — perched over the trunk. The roof retracts with the touch of a button at speeds up to 60 mph, but unlike in most convertibles, it doesn't take the side-pillar structure with it. That mak...

Vehicle Overview

The two-door, four-seat Fiat 500 competes with subcompact cars like the Mini Cooper and Smart ForTwo. A cabrio version, dubbed 500c, is available, and buyers can also opt for a high-performance Abarth model or, in select states, the fully electric 500e. All versions have front-wheel drive.

(Skip to details on the: 500c500e500 Abarth)
New for 2016
A new Easy trim level slots between the Pop and Sport models and has a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, Alpine premium audio and 15-inch aluminum wheels. All models have a standard Uconnect multimedia system with a 5-inch touch-screen and Bluetooth connectivity.
Significant Standard Features

  • Uconnect multimedia system with Bluetooth
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • 50/50-split folding backseat
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Air conditioning
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 135-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (Turbo)
  • Power sunroof
  • Navigation system
  • Automatic temperature control
  • BeatsAudio premium sound system

500c
The 500c has a cloth top with various retraction settings, from a sunroof-like ceiling opening to a completely stowed accordion — rear window and all — perched over the trunk. The roof retracts with the touch of a button at speeds up to 60 mph, but unlike in most convertibles, it doesn't take the side-pillar structure with it. That makes for more of a panoramic moonroof effect than a true droptop experience.
What's Special

  • 101-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Trunk compartment in place of hardtop's hatchback cargo area
  • High-performance Abarth version offered

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500e
The 500e is a battery-electric version of the 500 hardtop for sale in select states. The EPA gives the 500e an 87-mile estimated driving range.

Powering a 111-hp electric motor, the thermally managed lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged in less than four hours with a 240-volt Level 2 charging setup (sold separately). On a normal household power outlet, Fiat says it takes less than 24 hours to recharge the battery.
What's Special

  • Unique aerodynamic components
  • Additional interior sound insulation
  • Navigation system with electric-vehicle-specific features available
  • Push-button transmission

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500 Abarth
Fiat's performance-oriented Abarth model comes in 500 hatchback and 500c soft-top form, and it competes with sporty models like the Mini Cooper S. Its turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 160 hp.
What's Special

  • Dual tailpipes
  • Functional bumper inlets for engine's two intercoolers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Performance suspension
  • Bolstered sport seats
  • Electronic stability system with partial-off mode

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
10 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

The most fun car ever

by MikeV from New York on July 3, 2018

I love this car it is very fast and very reliable and my edition rocks!!! Very good handling and the 17'' wheels make big difference. Read full review

(5.0)

Feels like owning a jewel on wheels

by AC from Rockville on April 23, 2018

The design, style, performance and accessories are fantastic. It is simply rewarding taking a drive with this car. Also, it is so easy to park. I love it. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 FIAT 500 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 FIAT 500 Pop

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
marginal
Lower leg/foot
poor
Overall evaluation
poor
Retraints and dummy kinematics
poor
Structure and safety cage
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
marginal
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
marginal
Lower Leg/Foot
poor
Overall Evaluation
poor
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
poor
Structure and Safety Cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by FIAT

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

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    Yes

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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