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2013 Fiat 500 – Best One Yet?

The 2013 Fiat 500 is a smart little car that packs a decent punch for a car of its size. Since it isn’t a midsized sedan or anything bigger than that, it may not be an ideal car if you have a large family, but if you are looking for a reliable car that gets great gas mileage, this year’s model may be exactly what you need to look into.

2013 Fiat 500 Review

The engine for the newest edition of Fiat 500s is a standard 1.4 liter I-4 engine which give it enough power to keep you going at a steady speed without wasting much in gas. The engine tops out at around 101 horsepower which puts it on the lower end of consumer cars on the road in that category, but for its size, the 101 horsepower does just fine since it has a relatively low weight.

Most versions of the 500 have a 5 speed manual transmission to help it get even better gas mileage and give the driver more control over how the vehicle handles. In the U.S. and Canada, you can get one with a 6 speed auto transmission to make driving the car a little more convenient, and so that people who aren’t used to stick shifts can use the car with ease.

Fiat 500 2013

Comfort Level

For a subcompact car, the 500 does an excellent job in making sure its occupants are surrounded by top of the line accessories and space to make them comfortable. You can outfit your 2013 Fiat 500 with TomTom and SIRIUS radio to help with long trips, and it even comes with a built in USB port so you can charge your electronic devices or place music from them as well.

Since the Fiat 500 does seat 4 passengers, you might think that it gets to be a pretty tight squeeze. That isn’t really the case since Fiat has started concentrating more on comfort in their subcompacts to appeal to a wider market. The result is a surprising amount of space per passenger, especially for such a small car, and around 30 cubic feet of cargo space to go with it. The company even made enough room for 7 air bags which protect passengers in case of an accident.

Fuel Efficiency

These days, fuel efficiency is one of the most important things people think about when they are getting a new car. People don’t want something for everyday use that only gets 15 MPG, they want something at least double that.

The 2013 Fiat gets about 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. This is due in part to the manual transmission and overall small design.

When you compare the fuel efficiency of the Fiat 500 to other subcompacts in its range, you’ll see that it does better on gas mileage than most other small cars. By keeping the car looking fluid and dynamic by design, the engineers also end up making the car less wind resistant. This low profile in addition to the more efficient engine adds up to a car that does extremely well with the gas it uses.

Fiat 500 Pricing

Depending on the trim type you want, you can generally find one for anywhere between $15,000 and $22,000. The Pop version is usually the cheapest with its prices hovering between $15,000 and $17,000, whereas the Abarth version will command the highest end of the price range going up to $22,000 – if you can even get your hands on them. The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth was so popular it sold out completely. The 2013 Abarth is looking to be heading for the same result as well.

The overview of the Fiat 500 is that it just keeps getting better year after year. The 2013 version adds some upgrades in the handling and convenience department while at the same time, stays close to the price that you would have paid in previous years. The value you get, especially when you include the 48 months/50,000 mile warranty, is absolutely worth the price.