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2015 Fiat 500c Lounge Cabrio

2015 Fiat 500c Lounge Cabrio review


The Fiat 500 has arrived at an interesting juncture: A tribute to the 1957 Nuova 500, it was introduced to much acclaim way back in 2007. That was the better part of a decade ago -- so how do you keep an unabashedly retro set of lines from feeling dated?

If you’re Fiat, you double down, turning once more to the company archives to develop the so-called 1957 Edition trim. It’s a risky play, but it works. The available pastel colors look good, the aluminum wheels with polished metal hubcaps are great and the throwback “FIAT” badges plastered all over the car are a nice finishing touch.

Look past the cute exterior, the rich-looking brown leather interior and the rest of the 1957 Edition flash, though, and you’re left with a Fiat 500. And at $27,030 -- for the convertible version, mind you -- it’s not the kind of thing you’ll stumble into. To end up with a Fiat 500, you have to want a Fiat 500, and that’s doubly true of the pricey cabriolet. This a car you’ll either like from the get-go, in which case you’ll find excuses for its faults, or you’ll find irredeemably dorky, in which case it will be able to do no right.

2015 Fiat 500e

2015 Fiat 500e

Race Organizer Review


The San Francisco Bay Area is a great place for interesting junkyard finds, daily-driven classic Italian cars, and getting around in an electric-powered vehicle. My last couple of Bay Area Race Organizer Reviews have been big and powerful luxury sedans, so it seemed only proper that I get a brightly colored little machine that fits in marginal San Francisco parking spots and feeds on electrons instead of hydrocarbons.

The 500e is available in any of seven exterior colors, but there's no point in messing around with anything other than the screa

The Fiat 500X shares its platform and powertrains with the Jeep Renegade, which means a turbocharged 1.4-liter and a 2.4-liter.

We drive the new Fiat 500X baby SUV


What is it?

The Fiat 500X is the company's new baby SUV, sharing its platform and powertrains with the Jeep Renegade sibling, and the third major model for the brand in the States. Designed to deliver versatility, style and comfort, the 500X will seek to appeal to U.S. buyers with its retro-chic design and everyday utility while trying to steal a few sales from the likes of the Mini Countryman and the Nissan Juke.

"The 500X is the 500 that has been pumping iron in the gym," is how Danilo Tosetti, senior designer of the new SUV, described it. Centro Stile in Turin didn't stray too far afield from the design of the new Cinquecento in creating the 500X, adding just the expected amount of muscular styling to the familiar hatchback form -- exactly the way one would expect a four-door jacked-up 500 to look.

The 2014 Fiat 500L Easy did not win us over in the transmission department.

2014 Fiat 500L Easy review notes

02/17/2014 ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: Let me start by saying this: I've been a fan of dual-clutch transmissions since they launched, but this one is not so good. On my first acceleration out of the parking lot it felt like it was slipping between first and second, like it couldn't decide which gear to go into. The 2014 Fiat 500L has almost the exact same interior volume as the Mazda CX-5, which is my go-to comparison in these situations, but a lot less style. The L does get a tad better gas mileage, though.The interior is just a little too cartoony for my taste. The multicolored seats, and dash and bubbly gauges are a bit much. After all, driving is serious business! The seat heaters on the outside of the seats threw me for a minute, but the radio setup is good and easy to use. I had no problem connecting my iPod and fast forwarding through tracks with the slider. Not many cars have that. Visibility i
The 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio has more than a little pep in its step.

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio review notes

11/26/2013 ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: The 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio has to have one of the highest bark:bite ratios of anything on the market. The aggressive (and aggressively cute) looks aside, the car snarls to life when you turn the key and continues to merrily rip and pop its way around town. It sounds a bit like the car is sporting an aftermarket package, which it sort of is. But the hopped-up exhaust won't fool anyone into thinking it's a big bruiser -- especially not the driver. That's not to say that its 160 hp and 170 torques are insufficient, especially compared to how little our recent long-termer 500C packed under the hood. That output is great at turning the quirky but functional 500 into a quick hatch -- or at least one that feels quick to its occupants. I spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out what the dash-mounted “Sport” mode did (beyond making the car peppier in a sort of intangible way). Looked it up, and it turns out that it “unleashes the full power of the 1.4L 16v turbocharged 160-hp MultiAir engine,”
The 2014 Fiat 500L Easy offers practicality and fun at the same time.

2014 Fiat 500L Easy review notes

11/04/2013 DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: After spending a weekend in the 2014 Fiat 500L Easy, complete with usual weekend kid schlepping, shopping and random assorted hauling this-and-that duties, I'm convinced this car is one of the best values in family transportation on the market today. The stretch Fiat put on the 500 shell is just about perfect, yielding plenty of head and legroom for both front and rear passengers, along with a double-decker cargo well that would put that of some so-called crossover SUVs to shame. Fully loaded up, the 500L is no rocket ship, but the little turbo 1.4 gets along just fine as long as you keep the revs above 3,000 rpm. Coupled with the delightful six-speed manual transmission (and steering wheel without enough tilt travel), the experience is very much Italian. If you don't mind zinging the rev counter, the Fiat will happily scoot along with verve, and the I4 is plenty smooth at all ranges. Steering, brakes, and suspension all feel nicely balanced with this ca
The charismatic and loud Fiat 500 Abarth is a blast to drive

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth review notes

The 500 we would want the most

07/24/2013 EDITOR WES RAYNAL: The 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth is a hoot to fling around town. I bet it'd be really fun at, say, GingerMan Raceway.I like the way the 500 lineup is looking: The 500, convertible, long wheelbase, Abarth, and electric. That to me is a nice group of cars. It's not Mini crazy with its 584,095,890,358 models or whatever it is, but still offers something for everyone.That said, yes, the Abarth is fun. Fast, grippy, great seats, great exhaust note…it has it all.I like the car's looks and those little Abarth scorpion badges are cool and add to the car's charisma.Fire it up
Fiat electrifies the 500 for 2013.

2013 Fiat 500e drive review

Fiat electrifies the 500

04/13/2013 What is it?Ever wonder what an electric powertrain in Fiat's 500 minicar would be like? We're looking at you, Californians. Well, you don't need to wonder anymore because the little Italian is getting electrified for the 2013 model year and will go on sale only in California this summer. The twist here is Fiat wants to make the electric part of the 500e as transparent as possible to drivers.That begins on the outside, where it still looks like a 500 with some small changes to help it be sleeker through the air and thus more efficient. Specific fascias, mirror caps, under-body covers, side sills, rear spoiler and wheels are the result of 140 hours of wind-tunnel testing to reduce drag 13 percent compared to the gas-powered 500 Lounge model.There are some changes inside, too, like the 7-inch color, thin-film transistor cluster that displays important information such as charge levels
The Fiat 500 Abarth has menacing looks to match its noticeably beefed-up performance. But is that enough to give it the edge over worthy competitors like the Mini Cooper?

Putting the Fiat 500 through its paces

The 500 lineup is intriguing, but it faces tough competition

10/29/2012 What does the Fiat 500 have in common with the Mini, BMW X5, Ferrari F430 and the McLaren MP4-12C? Same designer, that's what. Frank Stephenson, now with McLaren, oversaw the design of all of them. So the 500 is most often cross-shopped against the Mini, with which it shares some DNA. In North America, it is clearly a small car, but the first time I saw one—in Berlin—it was parked behind an original 500 Abarth and looked huge. I have spent time with three of them in the last while, including some long trips on narrow, twisting Italian roads. The car has a quite distinct and attractive personality on first look, resembling nothing else on the market. The stylish retro interior
The 2013 Fiat 500L's chrome moustache, as the Italians call it, and rounded headlights give it a familiar Fiat face, but other views are less distinctive.

A Fiat for grown-ups

The supersized Fiat 500L

08/13/2012 Cute is great, but cute and useful is even better. Fiat's new 500L small multipurpose vehicle, headed for the United States next year, does have an unexpected range of talent. It has basketball player-grade front-seat headroom, brilliantly flexible passenger and cargo arrangements, and it will be able to brew a shot of richly flavored Lavazza espresso.This cute accessory, one of 140 planned, is still under development. Designed to dock in a 12-volt-powered cupholder, Fiat showed prototypes at the media launch of the 500L in Turin, months ahead of the vehicle's October arrival in European showrooms.While it's roomy and customizable in novel ways, the 500L isn't as pretty as the smaller 500, now creeping toward the landmark of 1 million sales worldwide since 2007. The L's chrome moustache, as the Italians call it, and rounded headlights give it a familiar Fiat face, but other views are less distinctive. From the side,

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