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2020 Fiat 500X: Chic and sassy, but not much else

The little crossover looks great, but there are much better choices out there.

Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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Fiat introduced the 500X in 2016 and ever since, it's been an uphill battle against the likes of the Honda HR-V and the Toyota C-HR.

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Sure, the little sub-compact crossover is cute and somehow tough-looking, but that's about all it's got going for it.

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The turbocharged engine delivers 117 horsepower and a punchy 210 pound-feet of torque. That best-in-class torque number means the 500X feels pretty quick off the line and can easily merge into high-speed traffic.

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However, a lazy nine-speed transmission means it's tough to get all the torque to the ground when you want it.

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You'd think such a tiny little car would be fun to drive, but the 500X delivers sloppy handling.

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The 500X gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 24 miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined.

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For 2020, there's a new Sport trim in addition to the usual Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus models. All-wheel drive is standard across the board.

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The excellent Uconnect infotainment software is used on a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard.

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A base Pop trim starts around $25,000, but the loaded tester you see here is over $35,000.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of this adorable, but ultimately disappointing, little crossover.

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