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Eric's Autos: 2021 Fiat 500X

Eric Peters on

The 500X is the smallest vehicle of its type you can buy, but just barely.

At 167.7 inches long end to end, it is only slightly smaller overall than the Mazda CX-3 (168.3 inches end to end) and the Honda HR-V (170.4 inches), but it feels bigger from the inside because you're sitting up higher. The other two -- even though they are nominally crossovers -- have car-like ride height.

It's not quite as spacious as inside as its main rivals, especially the Honda HR-V in terms of back seat space. The Honda's 39.8 inches is very impressive for the size of the thing -- as much or even more back seat legroom than in several full-size sedans -- versus 34.8 inches in the Fiat's second row. However, the Fiat stacks up well versus the Mazda CX-3, which has 35 inches of second row legroom.

There are 14.1 cubic inches of cargo space behind the second row, and when they're folded, the available space opens up to 39.8 cubic feet, impressive for the tiny overall size of this thing.

The Rest

Because Fiat -- the brand -- is not doing so well, the odds are pretty good you'll be able to negotiate a deal on a new 500X.You might even be able to snap one up for about what you'd pay for a lesser-engined (and front-wheel drive) CX-3 or HR-V.


The Bottom Line

It's so small it's almost not here anymore. Better hurry if you'd like to see one before it's not.


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