2013 FIAT 500C

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Key Specs

of the 2013 FIAT 500C. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Well-equipped base model
  • Handling and braking
  • City-friendly turning circle
  • Distinctive styling
  • Three years' complimentary maintenance

The Bad

  • Firm ride
  • Tiny backseat
  • Small cargo area
  • Road and wind noise
  • Front-seat comfort
  • 500c doesn't offer full convertible experience

Notable Features of the 2013 FIAT 500C

  • New 500 Turbo version
  • Newly available Beats by Dr. Dre audio
  • Two-door hatchback or cloth-top 500c
  • Seats four
  • High-performance Abarth model available

2013 FIAT 500C Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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 finally arrived for 2012. Closer in length to the Mini Cooper than the Scion iQ or Smart ForTwo, the four-seat 500 competes with all three minicars. A cabrio version, dubbed 500c, is available, and buyers can also opt for a high-performance Abarth version.

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New for 2013
Fiat adds a new trim level to the 500 range with the debut of the 500 Turbo, which is powered by a 135-horsepower, turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a five-speed manual transmission. The car gets a sport suspension and unique styling cues including a revised front-end with smoked headlamps, pronounced side skirts, a liftgate spoiler and a rear diffuser. The 500 is also available with Beats by Dr. Dre premium audio.

Exterior
At 139.6 inches long, the two-door 500 hatchback measures 7 inches shorter than a Cooper. Although it's considerably longer than the iQ or ForTwo, the car's stubby profile looks more like them than the low-slung Mini. Up front, decorative strakes connect Fiat's all-caps logo with a pair of beady headlights, each one etched with the car's numeric "500" inside the bezel. There are vertical taillights in back. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels; 15- or 16-inch aluminum wheels available
  • Available fog lights
  • Available power s...
Vehicle Overview

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 finally arrived for 2012. Closer in length to the Mini Cooper than the Scion iQ or Smart ForTwo, the four-seat 500 competes with all three minicars. A cabrio version, dubbed 500c, is available, and buyers can also opt for a high-performance Abarth version.

(Skip to details on the: 500 Abarth)
New for 2013
Fiat adds a new trim level to the 500 range with the debut of the 500 Turbo, which is powered by a 135-horsepower, turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a five-speed manual transmission. The car gets a sport suspension and unique styling cues including a revised front-end with smoked headlamps, pronounced side skirts, a liftgate spoiler and a rear diffuser. The 500 is also available with Beats by Dr. Dre premium audio.

Exterior
At 139.6 inches long, the two-door 500 hatchback measures 7 inches shorter than a Cooper. Although it's considerably longer than the iQ or ForTwo, the car's stubby profile looks more like them than the low-slung Mini. Up front, decorative strakes connect Fiat's all-caps logo with a pair of beady headlights, each one etched with the car's numeric "500" inside the bezel. There are vertical taillights in back. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels; 15- or 16-inch aluminum wheels available
  • Available fog lights
  • Available power sunroof
  • Available glass roof

InteriorInside, there's an upright dash with a speedometer and information display inside a circular pod ahead of the steering wheel. A large trim panel covers the dash; it matches the car's exterior color. Levels of customization are myriad: Shoppers can choose from more than a dozen combinations of cabin colors, plus an array of interior accessories from Chrysler's Mopar division. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth upholstery; leather available
  • Standard remote keyless entry
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard air conditioning; automatic air conditioning available
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 input; Beats by Dr. Dre premium audio available

Under the Hood
The 500 is powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard output is 101 hp and 98 pounds-feet of torque
  • 500 Turbo makes 135 hp and 150 pounds-feet of torque
  • Sport-tuned suspension and steering (500 Sport, 500 Turbo)

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Seven airbags, including front-seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active front head restraints
  • Available rear parking sensors

500c
The 500c sports 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 roof structure with it. That makes for more of a panoramic moonroof effect than a true open-air experience from the A-pillars back.

Thanks in part to the remaining ceiling structure, there is less cowl shake than a regular convertible. The 500c adds extra reinforcements above the windshield to make up some of the rigidity lost to a convertible top, and the windshield itself is slightly longer to conceal things. The hardtop 500's hatch has been replaced by a pop-up trunk compartment in the 500c, with luggage volume behind the rear seats reduced to just 5.4 cubic feet. The hardtop has 9.5 cubic feet.

500 Abarth
Fiat's Abarth sub-brand returned late in the 2012 model year in the form of the 500 Abarth performance variant. For 2013, an Abarth version of the 500c soft-top joins the family. The 500c competes with performance hatches and convertibles like the Mini Cooper S. A turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder makes 160 hp and 170 pounds-feet of torque.

Exterior changes include dual tailpipes, functional bumper inlets to funnel air to the drivetrain's two intercoolers, a rear spoiler and 16-inch aluminum wheels with painted pockets. Seventeen-inch rims are optional. Inside, the Abarth has bolstered sport seats and red leather stitching along the gauges, gearshift and steering wheel.

Other mechanical changes include a heavier-duty five-speed manual transmission, a performance suspension and an electronic stability system with a partial-off mode that allows more aggressive driving. Back to top


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

My Commuter Scooter

by GG-Meeks from MH, Ca on October 11, 2018

This is one of the BEST cars I ever owned and with its Factory Gucci Covertible Roof along with Interior, Rims to match it?s definitely a conversation piece..I get Stopped, Honked and Waved at ... Read full review

(5.0)

Purchased FIAT 500 Gucci in 2013.

by Danlil953 from Torrington, CT on July 2, 2018

We have driven the FIAT 500 Gucci model for 5 years & 100,000 miles. The only items the car has needed were routine maintenance. The vehicle has been extremely reliable & the MPG average is over 40. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 FIAT 500C currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 FIAT 500C 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 500C 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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