Fiat 124 Spider and 500L discontinued for 2021, only the 500X remains

The 500X enters 2021 with a few small updates, and it's the last Fiat standing in the US.

Steven Ewing Former managing editor
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
Steven Ewing
2 min read
Enlarge Image

RIP, little dude.

Nate Reed/Roadshow

Congratulations, . You're the last standing in the automaker's US portfolio, following an announcement on Wednesday that the and crossover are officially dead.

"The Fiat 124 Spider and the Fiat 500L will be discontinued after the 2020 model year," the company said in a press release.

We always affectionately referred to the 124 Spider as the Fiata, since the roadster shared the majority of its underpinnings with the . The Fiat variant wore unique front and rear fascias, and was powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. However, most people -- ourselves included -- preferred the look and feel of the Miata. Through October of this year, Fiat sold just 1,385 examples of the 124 Spider while moved just over 7,500 Miatas.

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth: A louder, but slightly softer Miata

See all photos

The Fiat 500L never really made much sense following the launch of the more butch-looking, all-wheel-drive 500X. The tall hatchback had lots of interior space, but it was a total dud to drive. It also looked horrible -- really horrible. The 500L was Fiat's worst-selling model, with fewer than 400 finding homes in the first three quarters of 2020.

As for the 500X, Fiat announced a number of updates for the compact crossover on Wednesday, including a new Sport Value Package that includes a sunroof, Beats audio system, 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, parking sensors, navigation, heated front seats and more. Fiat says the 500X Sport Value Package "includes $3,400 worth of content ... for just $700."

The 2021 Fiat 500X starts at $26,335 including $1,495 for destination. But considering only 1,130 of these crossovers have sold so far this year, who knows how much longer this one will stick around, too.

2018 Fiat 500L facelift proves some ugly ducklings become ugly swans

See all photos
Watch this: 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is the hottest Italian take on a Japanese icon