Fiat 500C

Jan 11, 2012
Outside Magazine

THE SELL: A high-style econo-car. THE TEST: The spunky 1.4-liter, four-cylinder 500C is a reminder that simple is often better: it came with a mere booklet for an owner’s manual. Parking? I was able to wriggle into pony-size spots at packed trailheads. And it took a gaping pothole to remind me that I was in something so tiny (thanks, in part, to noise-reducing technology in the cabin). The roll-back fabric roof and kitschy details (white-and-red espresso-bar-like interior, giant eight-ball-size gearshift) were worth a smile, but there’s only room enough for two adults and their weekend bags, despite the presence of backseats and a trunk. THE VERDICT: A retro-inspired, grin-inducing ride for city dwellers. Cyclists and surfers: opt for the hardtop version ($15,500) and a roof rack. 30 mpg city/38 hwy

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