With up to $14,000 in credits or rebates available, the 500e is fun and engaging city car that many can afford.
Fiat is a founding brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) with a large global but limited US presence. After a long hiatus, the company returned to the US in 2011 with the 500, which has since spawned a high-performance Abarth variant, a 500e electric model, and two compact crossovers, the 500L and 500X.
It might be based on the new Mazda MX-5, but its styling and character is unmistakably Italian.
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Fiat's cute little 500 model is big on style but short on space, so now we have the 500X, a compact SUV that delivers on cargo and cabin room while offering a surprisingly good ride.
Though big for a Fiat model, the 2014 Fiat 500L is still small for a wagon or crossover that boasts so much interior volume. However, limited tech and performance have us reconsidering the competition.
The pure-electric 2013 Fiat 500e has the looks, the range, and the power to be city-car practical, but competing models offer better dashboard tech.
A turbocharger, closer gear ratios, and suspension tuning make the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth ridiculously fun to drive, but it takes the TomTom navigation option to overcome problems with the cabin tech interface.
The tiny 2012 Fiat 500C is the best-looking car among the new economy set, but it doesn't edge anyone out based on its cabin or performance technology.
To get ahead of any Dieselgate-related issues or legislation, FCA is taking a proactive step and attempting to make its already-compliant European diesels even cleaner.
The cars' respective plants will be retooled as the company projects a permanent growth in demand for higher-profit-margin trucks and crossovers.
The federal racketeering lawsuit filed against the automaker by two dealerships ruffled more than a few feathers.