2017 Fiat 124 Spider

Jan 18th
The pages of Car and Driver, whether they’re printed on paper or backlit on a screen, are full of unbridled praise for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, a car so exquisitely rendered with such well-balanced, joy-inducing attributes that it’s hard to imagine how it can be improved upon.The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is rendered on top of the same skeleton as…
2017 Fiat 124 Spider

Jan 16th
We’re not shy in our affection for Mazda’s latest MX-5 Miata, a 10Best Cars–winning roadster that embodies all of the driving joy we desire in a small, fun sports car. That Fiat’s new 124 Spider is basically the same car underneath makes it very good as well, an observation as we’ve noted in several reviews, including a comparison test between…
2016 Fiat 500X

Jan 10th
The best thing about Fiat’s new 500X crossover is that it has almost nothing in common with the Fiats currently languishing on dealer lots. Fiat sales are down 13 percent overall this year, and June sales were off 30 percent from the same month in 2014, the worst performance among all auto brands. Nobody at Fiat-Chrysler should be surprised. The…
2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

Dec 31st
For all the reborn 500’s success elsewhere—Fiat says more than 500,000 have been sold worldwide—and for all the anticipation preceding its 2011 arrival in U.S. showrooms, we hold this truth to be self-evident: The 500 Abarth is the Cinquecento we’ve really been waiting for.The base 500 three-door has been joined by a pseudo-convertible (the 500C) and the luxed-up Gucci edition,…
2013 Fiat 500E

Dec 30th
As a middle finger to the California Air Resources Board and its Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, Sergio Marchionne might prefer that his company never sell a single Fiat 500E. Never one to bite his tongue, Chrysler Group/Fiat CEO Marchionne has publicly criticized the notion of government as automotive product planner and repeatedly stated that Fiat will lose money on every…
2014 Fiat 500L

Dec 29th
Fiat has moved on from its initial marketing flop with J.Lo. The brand now deploys a little Italian cheek—literally—with scorpions snipping bikini tops and singer Pitbull fist-bumping the tiny 500 into the American psyche. Sexy sells, and sales are up, but now comes the five-door 2014 500L, in which the 500’s cutesy, bug-eyed face looks like it’s been pasted onto…
2013 Fiat 500

Dec 20th
Last year, Aston Martin looked at its $194,000 DB9 and $281,000 DBS and decided it was neglecting a customer—it may have been only one—in between. Along came the $212,000 Virage, with 50 percent of the DBS’s extra power for 21 percent of its premium. Fiat finds itself in a similar predicament with the white space between its $16,700 entry-level 500—autodom’s…
2014 Fiat 500L

Dec 18th
Although the diminutive Fiat 500 led the brand’s return to the U.S. when it bowed here in 2012, the second product in Fiat showrooms is the new-for-2014 500L. It takes the Cinquecento formula and adds inflated proportions and four proper passenger doors and is aimed squarely at the fast-growing compact-crossover market. More practical but less exciting than the plucky 500…
2016 Fiat 500X

Dec 17th
Fiat is finally bringing a real adult car to the U.S. market. The 500X invites mature drivers to slip into something more comfortable than the tiny two-door Cinquecento—the toylike city car that relaunched the brand in America in 2010—and offers a driving experience far more engaging than the dowdy 500L ever imagined. The X is so much nicer than the…
2014 Fiat 500

Dec 12th
Good news for those who like to arrive fashionably late to parties: The 1957 Edition of the Fiat 500 survives for the 2015 model year. Introduced for 2014 to commemorate, oddly enough as it was, the 57th anniversary of the model that inspired its design, the commemoration carries on into year 58 because, well, Italians and clocks, right?With fellow Fiat-Chrysler…
2015 Fiat 500C Abarth

Dec 4th
Look what followed us home. The little fella is noisy, a flashy dresser, and, at $32,095 out the door, pricey by the pound. Subtlety is not one of the Fiat 500C Abarth’s virtues. When we tested a manual-transmission coupe version last year, it was sent to the showers by the Ford Fiesta ST and the new Mini Cooper S hardtop.…
2013 Fiat 500C Abarth

Dec 3rd
Describing Fiat’s 500C convertible as a scalped 500 might be disingenuous, but calling out the 500C Abarth as an Abarth coupe minus its roof sure isn’t. In fact, it’s probably a compliment. The hardtop’s peppy turbo four, spicy suspension setup, and mighty-mite looks nearly guarantee a modicum of fun. To see how mixing the 500C’s sliding roof—it peels back like…
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