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2012 Fiat 500c

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Fiat 500
Fiat 500
Fiat 500
Fiat 500

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The Fiat 500 was manufactured in a post-war market that demanded economic vehicles. In the late 1950s, the Fiat was a sign of hope for the Italian people and a car that they could truly love. It was simple, pure, and provided freedom. 60 years later, nothing has changed. Fiat grasped the same concept to revolutionize and reengineer the little Cinquecento for the American market.

The chassis, iconic and modernized, houses a 1.4L 16v Multiair engine delivering 101 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 98 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. With MPG values at 30 city/ 38 highway the 500 is what it needs to be for these times. There is a “Sport” button on the dash, which stiffens the suspension to provide better cornering. Even though, at times the little 100 hp engine may not be enough, it still is plenty for daily driving and we can only hope that Fiat will bring us the Abarth package in the near future.

Some of the main safety features included with the fiat are bi-halogen lights, for better night driving. 7 airbags, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes. There is also a system in place called Blue&Me Hands-Free Communication, which allows a driver to make calls, play music with voice commands, and steering mounted controls.

The convertible top can be opened and closed at driving speeds up to 60 mph. The interior is simple yet comes with everything the driver needs. The “500” embroidered on the rear seats and on the dash. Legroom is sufficient for a 6 ft driver and passenger but rear seating can get quite cramped.

The Fiat 500c is a revival of an iconic car. While you drive, men will give you the thumbs up and women will tell you the car is cute. Our specific model had a sticker price of $26,050 and although expensive, we still saw many Fiats out on the street. The 500 has EPA values 27 MPG city/ 32 MPG highway.

By Patrick Alvarez

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