2017 FIAT 500

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Key Specs

of the 2017 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 Abarth

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2017 FIAT 500

  • Normally aspirated or turbo engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Digital instrument panel available
  • 500c with accordion-style soft-top available
  • Fully electric 500e available in select states

2017 FIAT 500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: 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 500c, 500e, 500 Abarth)
New for 2017
Fiat has simplified the lineup to three trim levels: Pop, Lounge and Abarth.
Significant Standard Features

  • 101-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Uconnect multimedia system with Bluetooth
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 50/50-split folding backseat
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Power moonroof
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Heated front seats
  • Navigation system
  • 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...
Vehicle Overview

What it is: 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 500c, 500e, 500 Abarth)
New for 2017
Fiat has simplified the lineup to three trim levels: Pop, Lounge and Abarth.
Significant Standard Features

  • 101-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Uconnect multimedia system with Bluetooth
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 50/50-split folding backseat
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Power moonroof
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Heated front seats
  • Navigation system
  • 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
  • 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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Latest 2017 500 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

High quality, low cost

by JoeL from Rochester, NY on September 24, 2018

I just bought a 2017 Fiat 500 from Braden at Maguire Chevrolet in Ithaca, NY, and love it. It's stylish, handles well, and has much more interior space than I thought it would. As far as the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable!

by Selkie17 on June 21, 2018

This car has the European feel and is fuel efficient. The Fiat 500C has a very ?Well built? feel for a small car. Good things come in small packages. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 FIAT 500 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 FIAT 500 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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 warranty

    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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