2016 Fiat 500

 
2016 Fiat 500
 
2016 Fiat 500
 

2016 Fiat 500

MSRP 
$17,990
Invoice 
$17,760
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 31 mpg City, 40 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.4 L Premium Unleaded I-4, 101 HP
  • Transmission: Manual (standard)
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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What You Will Like

The FIAT 500 is a small 4-seater with cute looks and great fuel economy. It's relatively inexpensive, but does have some upscale pretentions, with some trims competing directly with rivals like the MINI Cooper S.

Like much more expensive Italian cars, the FIAT 500 offers more customization potential than is typical for an inexpensive small car. With a FIAT Studio system at dealerships, buyers can customize with interior and exterior accessories, striping packages and more.

FIAT 500 Abarth models also live up to the "small but wicked" approach that inspired the 1960s-era performance models before. The idea is to offer high performance in a small car, with a dash of exotic Italian personality.

Safety is also a strong point for the 500; it's been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.

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What's New For 2016

The Fiat 500 gets a few notable updates for 2016. A new Uconnect technology suite operates through a 5.0-inch touch screen, offering both Bluetooth compatibility and voice command integration. A new trim level dubbed Easy is also offered for 2016. It slots in just above the base Pop model, offering a few additional amenities such as a premium audio system and 15-inch alloy wheels, at a still reasonable price. Also new for 2016 is the retro-styled 1957 Edition, which treats buyers to unique styling cues like unique 16-inch wheels and throwback style FIAT badges. In addition, a bevy of new colors are also available for 2016.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 3 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Fiat 500

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • 6 Speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
    • Radio: Uconnect 5.0
  • Exterior Features
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Interval Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Grille w/Chrome Bar
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Body-Colored Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Body-Colored Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • 15" Wheel Covers
    • Tires: P185/55R15
    • Wheels: 15" x 6.0" Steel
  • Interior Features
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Fixed Rear Windows
    • 4 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter and Illuminated Entry
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Cloth Bucket Seats
    • Interior Trim -inc: Body-Colored Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Partial Floor Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Rigid Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins and 1st Row Underseat Storage
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Driver And Front Passenger Armrests
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.4L I4 MultiAir 16V
    • Transmission: 5-Speed C514 Manual
    • 50 State Emissions
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.44 Axle Ratio
    • 500CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 120 Amp Alternator
    • 3300# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • 10.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.1
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 9.4
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 9.5
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 30.1
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 500
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 120
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - EAB
    • Engine Type - Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.4 L/83
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 101 @ 6500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 98 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 90.6
    • Length, Overall (in) - 139.6
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 64.1
    • Height, Overall (in) - 59.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 55.4
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 55
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 4.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 10.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 75.5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.9
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.7
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 49.4
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 47.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 35.6
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 31.7
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 46.4
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 42.6
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 34
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 31
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 40
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 30.6
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - FIAT 500
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - T1A
    • Rear Tire Order Code - T1A
    • Front Tire Size - P185/55HR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P185/55HR15
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - DDF
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.91
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.17
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.34
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.97
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.77
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.82
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.44
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Minicompact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.2
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2366
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel

2016 Fiat 500 Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

Below are the available colors for the 2016 Fiat 500. Select the color to see a close-up view.

  • Bianco (White) Bianco Perla (Pearl White Tri-Coat) Billet Argento (Silver) Celeste Blu (Retro Light Blue) Giallo Moderna Perla (Pearl Yellow TC) Granito Lucente (Granite Crystal) Grigio Cenre Laser Blu (Bright Met. Blue) Latte Menta Nero Puro (Straight Black) Rhino Clearcoat Rosso (Red) Spitfire Orange Verde Chiaro (Light Green) Verde Oliva (Olive Green)
  • Bianco (White)
  • Bianco Perla (Pearl White Tri-Coat)
  • Billet Argento (Silver)
  • Celeste Blu (Retro Light Blue)
  • Giallo Moderna Perla (Pearl Yellow TC)
  • Granito Lucente (Granite Crystal)
  • Grigio Cenre
  • Laser Blu (Bright Met. Blue)
  • Latte Menta
  • Nero Puro (Straight Black)
  • Rhino Clearcoat
  • Rosso (Red)
  • Spitfire Orange
  • Verde Chiaro (Light Green)
  • Verde Oliva (Olive Green)

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Introduction

The Fiat 500 is five years old, which means it has caught up to its personality. Owning a Fiat 500 is like having a five-year-old boy (or tomboy) at his cutest and most fun. After fun, the adjective that’s probably used most to describe this itty-bitty Italian car is quirky, but we don’t see that. It works, on its small scale, in both looks and performance. There’s big character packed in its small body, and there’s no mistaking it for anything else. While it gets an EPA-estimated 34 miles per gallon Combined. What’s quirky about that?

The Volkswagen Beetle was quirky, because of its looks, and because it was so slow. The Fiat 500 is just cool. It’s not called by an insect, it’s called “Cinquecento.”

The Fiat 500 comes as a three-door hatchback or cabriolet with a cloth top that slides back, hassle-free. We like it. Eighty percent of the sun and open air, 20 percent of the inconvenience of a convertible.

Of course, there’s an Abarth version, which is over the top, and we like that, too. Very Italian, nothing held back, turbocharged ’til it blows out its ears, with 60-percent more horsepower, or rather blows out its exhaust, a deep and unique tuned system that shouts “Lookatme!” with every blip of the throttle. While it sucks gas, getting just 27 miles per gallon Combined.

But the Fiat 500 lineup isn’t done impressing. There’s also a Fiat 500e, which we can unequivocally say is the most fun and quintessential electric car we have ever driven. With an EPA-rated range of 87 miles, and quickness and balance that’s actually better than the regular 500, the Fiat 500e can’t be beat for an around-town commuter car. The bad news is it’s only sold in California. So take a California vacation, before the state dries up or washes away, and bring home a new baby called Cinquecento Electrico.

The Fiat 500 does a good job of getting the most interior space out of its footprint, but it still has considerably less than a Ford Fiesta, Chevy Spark, or MINI Cooper. The base engine is an overachieving 1.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 101 horsepower. It’s fun to work it, which you have to do to run with the pack.

Even more fun is working the Fiat 500 Turbo that makes 135 horsepower out of the same engine. The turbocharged Abarth makes 160 horsepower, but maybe you’re not comfortable shouting your presence. The 500 Turbo gives you satisfying speed while flying under the radar. Plus it’s a lot cheaper than the Abarth.

Standard transmission is a 5-speed manual, but a 6-speed automatic is available in the 500 Turbo, Abarth, and Abarth Cabrio.

For 2016, Fiat 500 updates include new colors and trim, and upgraded infotainment, a 5.0-inch touchscreen for audio and navigation. And there’s a new model, the 2016 Fiat 500 Easy, one level up from the base 500 Pop. Above the Easy, there are 500 Sport and 500 Lounge models. There’s your quirky, the names.

We like the Pop. When the 500 first came out, a friend of ours bought a Pop for $14k out the door, a clean titanium color, put some cool wheels and tires on it, and it’s the most enjoyment and satisfaction, per dollar, that he’s ever gotten out of a car.

Lineup

The 2016 Fiat 500 Pop ($16,995) comes with a 5-speed manual transmission, 15-inch wheels, air conditioning, CD player, power windows/locks/mirrors, and cruise control.

The Sport ($19,700) adds the turbocharger, 16-inch wheels, glass roof, and sports suspension and seats.

The Lounge ($20,395) goes back to smaller wheels, and uses a 6-speed automatic transmission, with upgraded speakers and leather. Then there’s the 160-horsepower hot-rod Abarth ($22,575).

There are a lot of ways to customize a Fiat 500. One is the decidedly retro 1957 Edition, baby blue with ’50s-looking wheels and old-time Fiat badging. But there’s nothing retro about the premium leather upholstery, in brown or ivory.

Walkaround

The Fiat 500 might technically be a hatchback, but it has none of the awkward lines. Don’t tell anyone we said this, but from some angles it looks almost svelte. Detroit designers get credit for pulling that off, because there was so much safety structure they had to add, they were dealing with much more heft than the European version. It ran over there from 2007 to 2012, before Chrysler heavily modified the 500 (under the surface) to sell in North America.

The headlamps are cute as a button. Because they look like buttons. In profile, the sides slope up and the rear glass slopes forward. It looks appropriate for today, while still reflecting the iconic shape of the original 1957 Cinquecento.

The 500c Cabrio is a winner. It’s the same roofline, with a fabric top (available in basic and vivid colors) that slides back, like the ’57 did. This provides structural rigidity, as the roof frame remains intact. The passengers get the sun and air, while feeling more secure.

Interior

The materials inside are basic, but they’re done with style, so they look more upscale than they are. There’s an attractive and eye-catching mix of body-colored panels and clean instruments, an Italian composition. Like the body, the cabin is not like any other car. A quirky Nissan Juke might come closest.

However, some might see the interior style overstyled, not as bad as the Mini Cooper but maybe too much in that direction. But we think it merges playful and practical in a way that’s purely Italian. No German, Japanese, British, Korean or American car is likely to go there. Although it might be suggested that American designers already have, having done so much work on the 500.

For 2016, the UConnect 5.0 system interfaces with AM/FM radio (satellite optional), CD, and navigation. There’s a 7.0-inch LCD instrument display on models above the Pop. That’s partly why we like the Pop. Still, this instrument display makes sense, with layers of color and detail that draw your attention.

The front seats are comfortable, if a bit short and firm, and the driver’s seat seems too high, making him or her feel like a sardine in a can. But that’s nothing compared to the miniscule back seat.

Here’s where the Fiat 500L wagon comes in. We cover it in a separate review. The longer car solves the problem of interior space, while falling short in all the places where the 500 succeeds.

Driving Impressions

You can hope for snappier acceleration out of the Pop with the base 1.4-liter engine, which does over-achieve but only to the point where you start hoping for more. If you want to squeeze the most fun out of it, stay with the standard manual 5-speed and rev it to redline in every gear like the Italians do. The exhaust note begins to rasp at 3000 rpm, and shouts with enthusiasm up to redline. It feels like you’re getting to 60 mph in less than the reality of its 10 seconds.

Don’t expect too much when trying to pass uphill. Of course the Italians do it all the time, usually by getting a flat-out running start on the downhill before the uphill. And living like there is no tomorrow, defying the head-on crash with the truck coming the other direction. They need the additional safety structure that the North American version has.

Now we move up to the 135-horsepower Turbo, and everything changes. A 35 percent boost in horsepower is just what the doctor ordered. We take back what we said about hoping for more.

But if you still do, then welcome to the world of Abarth. It’s been around since at least 1957, the roots of the car, when there was a 750cc Fiat-Abarth racing car. The biggest and best team was owned by president Franklin Roosevelt’s son.

The 160-horsepower Abarth throws it all on the road. It’s somewhat twitchy with all that turbo power to the front wheels. Can’t get away from smallish wheels and a torsion beam rear axle, even with wider tires. It’s got stiffer shocks and springs, and feels it, but the ride is still okay. That stiffness actually makes the handling more nimble by limiting roll in the turns.

Abarth’s raucous exhaust, while trying to imitate the snarl of a pit bull (fairly successfully), comes across more in attitude like a yapping Chihuahua. The bite doesn’t back up the bark, not even with the horsepower.

The standard 5-speed manual shifts with light effort and precision, but the clutch action is problematic because there’s such a tiny box for your feet. To make it worse, the clutch pedal has a long stroke and high location.

A 6-speed automatic transmission is available in the Turbo, Abarth, and Abarth Cabrio. There is a Sport mode that sharpens the transmission shift points and throttle response.

The Fiat 500 corners with liveliness and flexibility, like the frisky Ford Fiesta but different. Its wheelbase of 90.6 inches is the same as the old Honda CRX sports car (still popular for racing). The electric power steering has a meaty bite, and heavy feel; it’s certainly not over-boosted.

The Sport model, with its larger 16-inch wheels and stiffer suspension, rides nearly as nice as the Pop.

The Fiat 500e electric model is just as exciting in its own way. It has better weight distribution, thanks to the 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s mounted low and rearward. The system makes 111 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque, so it’s every bit as quick as the base Pop, and clearly feels it. It has a range of 87 miles around town. We drove a 500e for one week, and found that the range at 60-65 mph was more like 50-55 miles. That’s without using the air conditioning. Range anxiety rules.

Summary

We like the Fiat 500. Run out and buy a Pop. Preferably a Turbo Pop. If you live in San Francisco, buy a 500e electrico.

Sam Moses filed this report.

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Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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