2012 FIAT 500C

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  • (4.4) 18 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,223$11,379
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 101-hp, 1.4-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
  • Seats: 4
2012 FIAT 500C

Our Take on the 2012 FIAT 500C

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 2012, and Chrysler plans to sell it at Fiat displays inside 130 participating Chrysler dealerships. C... 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

2012 FIAT 500C Reviews 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 cabri... Read full review for the 2012 FIAT 500 C

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Consumer Reviews


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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 Trim Levels Available

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2012 FIAT 500C Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2012 FIAT 500C.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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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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