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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2017 Fiat 500

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It's cute, fun and inexpensive. Some other cars are two of those things. Only this one is all three.

It fits places SUVs -- and most cars -- don't.

You'll be surprised how much fits inside.

What's Not So Good

Gas mileage is good but less than you'd expect given how small (and small-engined) this car is.

Under the Hood


All 500s except the high-performance Abarth come standard with Fiat's 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine paired up with either a five-speed manual transmission (standard) or a six-speed automatic (optional).

The engine isn't a powerhouse -- 101 horsepower and 98 foot-pounds of torque -- but the 500 isn't heavy. It only weighs about 2,434 pounds. For perspective, that's about 300 pounds lighter than a compact-sized car like the Honda Civic.

And if you feel the need for more speed, go for the Abarth, which is powered by the turbocharged version of the 1.4-liter engine that has 160 horsepower and 170 foot-pounds of torque at just 2,500 rpm.

The Abarth 500 goes from zero to 60 mph in just over seven seconds -- more than two seconds quicker than the standard model.


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