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Eric's Autos: 2021 Fiat 500X

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Here's an oddball thing: Fiat -- the Italian small car brand -- currently sells only one new car, the 2021 500X.

That makes the brand and the car synonymous, almost.

Can Fiat -- the brand -- survive when it's only got one car to sell?

Time will soon tell.

What It Is

The 500X is a subcompact-sized five-door crossover with standard all-wheel drive -- and the last new car Fiat still sells.

 

Prices start at $24,840 for the base Pop trim. There are also Trekking, Sport and the top-of-the-line Trekking Plus trim, which stickers for $29,745.

Its chief same-sized/ballpark-priced rivals are the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V, which both come standard with front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive optionally) and so a lower price tag to start ($20,790 and $21,220, respectively). But their cost goes up when equipped with all-wheel drive, and neither is available with an engine that's as strong as the one that comes standard in the Fiat.

What's New

To make the 500X more compelling to potential buyers versus its lower-priced rivals, Fiat has added a Sport Value Package to the roster of options that bundles an oversized, dual-pane sunroof, 19-inch wheels/tires, LED headlights, heated seats and a premium eight-speaker Beats Audio stereo for $700.

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