2012 FIAT 500C

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12 reviews
Available Price Range $5,236-$14,460 Trims2 Combined MPG 34 Seats 4

Our Take on the 2012 FIAT 500C

Our Take

Ever since June 2009, when Fiat took a controlling stake in Chrysler, it's been all but certain the Italian automaker would bring a version of its 500 to the U.S. It's finally here for 2... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Front-seat comfort
  • Tiny backseat
  • Small cargo area
  • Road and wind noise
  • Cabrio not a full convertible
  • Cabrio compromises visibility

Notable Features

  • Fiat's first U.S. model since the 1980s
  • Two-door hatchback sold globally
  • Available cloth-top 500c
  • Seats four
  • Sold at Chrysler dealerships
  • Similar in size to Mini Cooper


Our Expert Reviews

The idea of a European life suits me well: driving in an edgy, little Italian car though the Italian countryside to find the perfect spot for a picnic of meats, cheeses and olives. Gelato, pasta and fabulous shoes round out the imagery.The tiny, fun-to-drive 2012 Fiat 500c fits my imaginary Italian life, even if only in my little south Denver burb. Magnifico!The 500c (the c stands for cabrio) h... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

Based on 12 reviews

A fun car to own

by Jan from Chesterfield, Michigan on October 10, 2011

It's is a fun car to drive. Handling is excellent. Gas mileage is good, 34mpg. Front seating is very good, but the rear needs improvement.

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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