The Good The 2012 Fiat 500C's looks invite favorable attention from passersby. The cloth top opens in three positions, and the audio system delivers very good sound.
The Bad The stereo had difficulties integrating with MP3 players, and the stereo interface was poor. The four-cylinder engine is short on power.
The Bottom Line 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.
2012 Fiat 500C Convertible
In the last five years, the small-car market has become a hotly contested battlefield, with combatants such as the Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, and Chevy Aveo each trying to gain an edge. But now an Italian enters the fray; the 2012 Fiat 500C comes out swinging, one fist titled style and the other panache.
But style and panache are about all the 500C brings to bear, as its other attributes, from engine to cabin tech, don't outgun the competition. However, its style is a potent weapon, as the car garnered more attention in San Francisco than Cher wearing sequins. People on the street smiled at it, while other drivers leaned over at stoplights to ask about the 500C.
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