2013 Fiat 500 Customer Reviews

Overall Rating

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77 Customer Reviews
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What customers liked
Fuel Economy, Ride and Handling, Value
What they didn't
Interior Space, Cargo Space, Visibility

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I love my Fiat. It is super fun to drive, small, amazing gas mileage, and perfect for commuting to and from work. I wish it had a bit more get up, but thats a price to pay for the great gas mileage. The bluetooth work perfectly with my phone it is a wonderful feature. There are a few draw backs. Sometimes the engine seems to have trouble shifting. I am going to take it in to get that looked at, but since it has less then 5,000 miles that seems crazy that there would be a problem with anything. The car is small i knew that when i bought it. There is enough leg room in the back for most of my friends, but there is a serious lack of head room. that being said, i didn't buy this car to take my friends out, i got it to go to work and its working fantastic. the seats go down if i need to stash anything back there and i have yet to need to put something in there that didn't fit. The front has more then enough room even my giant 6'5 BIL said he can drive it comfortably.

Would recommend to a friend

Perfect CA beach car!

I live in Santa Monica and had been looking for a convertible for a year or so. My 60+ year old knees and hips did not like the low-to-the-ground Miata. Though very small, the Fiat is built higher, making it easier to get in to and out of. Driver's position is very comfortable for me. The convertible, 5-speed, and low cost of operation make it a blast to drive around town. It's not a sports car or a performance car. It is a fun car that evokes lots of comments from friends and others. A few notes: (1) not much room in the trunk for luggage or groceries; (2) little or no legroom in the back seat; (3) with the top up, it is unexpectedly quiet; and (iv) the standard audio package sounds pretty good. After a month of around-town driving, and one road trip to San Berdoo (70 miles or so of freeway driving each way), I recommend the Fiat 500c for what it is -- a small, economical, fun-to-drive, nice piece of engineering and Italian design! Those Fiat commercials with the crab are fun and accurate in their depiction of the car. It took me a while to find this car - a low, low mileage single owner nearly new vehicle from a quality seller - and I would definitely buy it again. No buyer's remorse at any level.

Would recommend to a friend

That's Amore!

I've had this 2013 Fiat 500 Sport for 6 weeks and have driven it over 800 miles on highways, interstates, country roads, and city streets. I have the reputedly-less-thrifty automatic transmission and still get 34 mpg, combined. My golf clubs definitely fit in the back with the seats down, but I've ordered a custom Thule roof rack for lugging bulky filmmaking gear. I bought the Fiat used, and was disappointed that it had the Alpine audio system instead of the Bose, but the sound is fine, and the car's acceleration is better than described in some reviews (and I've owned an Austin-Healy, a BMW, and a Jaguar, so my standards are not especially low.) When I test-drove it, it seemed under-powered, but it either had regular gas in the tank (permissible, but premium is recommended), or it has adjusted to my driving style, because it is now seems much more responsive (and I still have my Jag as reality check about pickup.) The Fiat's short wheel base pitches it around a bit, which is why I gave it only 4 stars for comfort), but big trucks don't blow it around a lot. This summer I re-watched a dozen Fellini and Antonioni classic films, and afterwards the only "green" car I wanted was a red Fiat! (The MGA in La Dolce Vita is not "green" or available with USB and Bluetooth.)

Would recommend to a friend

Abarth

The little car with a big sting! May not be a professional driver, but this car is a rush to drive. I've had and drove cars with more HP, but this little beast impressed me. I've took it up to 120 mph and it has more in the top speed dept.! Everybody asks how I fit in the car (I'm 6' 5"). I have no problem, I'm not in the back seat. It might not have the most spacious back seat area behind me, but in a pinch, you could fit 4 grown ups in the car that are smaller than myself. due to it's performance suspension and short wheel base, you do feel the road bit more than you would in a some big boat of a car. All in all it lives up to it's historical race related name

Would recommend to a friend

Better Than I Could Have Imagined

I cannot get over how comfortable and fun this amazing piece of work from Italy is to drive. I was looking for a hatchback with a manual transmission. I came across a photo of this one and really liked the way it looked. I like to drive my cars, not have them drive me. I looked into getting something with paddle shifting or diesel, but my left foot grew bored and longed for a clutch. The Fiat fits the bill. My 6'3' 270 lb. 19-year-old test was eager to test this one too since it was the only car the guys on Top Gear ever agreed on. We both fell in love. I'm so happy with my new Fiat.

Would recommend to a friend

FUN fun FUN doesnt back down from a fight

Abarth is ultimately more fun than my old mustang or Z a little power house that doesn’t shy away from a fight love the engine growl and the kick more room than you think awesome bang for the buck . Fun the most fun than any car I have ever own worth every penny a pleasure to drive.

Would recommend to a friend

Big fun in a little car

The 2013 Fiat Abarth 500 is the most fun car I've ever driven. I first saw one on display at the first Austin F1 race. It feels really fast and sounds faster. It has the best exhaust note of any factory four cylinder. The combination of the short wheelbase and Pirelli P Zeroes make it extremely responsive. The first couple of days it felt really twitchy to me and then I got used to it and everything else felt slow and ponderous. I can't think if another front wheel drive car that is as fun to drive as this one. It is very neutral right up until the limit. The Beats audio system sounds great. The seats are not as low as the competition (yes you Mini Cooper S) but they work. The leather is very nicely done. The car is bigger on the inside than seems possible. The front is very comfortable. The back is doable for adults. I sold this car after 6 months but I find myself checking them out on Carmax every once in a while. The reasons I sold it were things that could be easily corrected. The stereo sounded great but is incredibly frustrating to use. It is supposed to have iPod control but it really doesn't work. The factory nav system is a TomTom that plugs into the dash. That is where the iPod info is displayed. The nav system sticks out too far and blocks the driver's vision. To change channels on the radio you have to click through one station at a time unless you have the station you're looking for saved as a preset. For example in satellite mode to go from channel 2 to channel 96 takes 90 some odd pushes of the button. There is no direct tuning. Also no Bluetooth streaming. Otherwise the Bluetooth works well. The interior is generally nice but the dash is just a slab of cheap, shiny plastic. The transmission is just 5 speeds. On the highway the little turbo motor is literally screaming for another cog. Because of the overall low gearing the gas mileage suffers. I average 24-25 mpg. Never much worse and never much better. It didn't help that I tended to run it up fairly hard through the gears just to listen to the exhaust. I sold mine almost a year ago but I still miss it. If you want a hard-edged, exciting, performance car for not much money, then this is the car for you. Yes it has it's flaws, but if you can overlook those you'll find yourself making up excuses to run down to the corner store for things you don't really need. The fun for the dollar quotient on this car is higher than anything else that I can actually afford. I just may have to get another one.....

Would recommend to a friend

Love my fiat

This car is great, it is affordable, the mpg is twice what my old car was, its easy and fun to drive and it turns heads. I get lots of questions on my car, and alot of people telling me its an attractive car. Definitely a good investment if you don't need a ton of space. It's just me and my puppy and occasionally some friends so the size is perfect for me. Still learning about the car but so far it's amazing and I look for any excuse to drive it.

Would recommend to a friend

Sports car feel at an economy price

The car is fun to drive while still being economical. It has a sports car feel in a small package. The sound is neat. It is fully loaded with all the electronics and gadgets you could ask for except a built in GPS. I feel like I'm driving a classy little sports car without having spent a lot of money. Great MPG.

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Fuel Economy

Great MPG with a sports car feel

Ride and Handling

Tight steering hugs the road.

Technology and Entertainment

All the whistles and bells

Cons

Cargo Space

Big enough for a trip to the grocery store but little else

Interior Space

Mostly a two sewater with room in the back for a baby car seat.

A great car if you understand what you're getting into.

If you're a car nut, more specifically, a sports car nut, you can't beat a car like this in smiles per gallon. Yes, you can get a more comprehensive sports car (yes, Miata is always the answer) but in my experience, I find myself with that ear-to-ear maniacal grin that a small child gets when he gets a new toy more often in my Abarth then I ever had in a miata (with the top up). It's like a Neon SRT-4 in that it has a turbo to a straight pipe with no muffler, so this thing sounds like the devil, rasping for your attention (or, a small Lamborghini for you devil-fearing folks). But unlike the SRT-4, the Abarth has a sense of humor. It knows it looks dorky. The Fiat 500 Abarth is this emoticon () on wheels, both in style and substance.

Would recommend to a friend

Pros

Ride and Handling

The ride is stiff and bouncy as a small sports car tends to have, but despite its egg-like shape, it stays mostly flat in corners. It's flat cornering and stiff suspension combined with its quick steering (in sport mode) lends it to feeling like a stubby Lamborghini (no joke).

Power

Turbo. That says it all. The small turbo means boost comes on early, 160 HP and 175 Lb-Ft doesn't sound like much but given the car's proportions, it makes all those torques and powers seem very angry and eager to show you numbers don't mean much. You feel like you're speeding all the time.

Cabin Noise

Forget quiet. This is the best sounding car for the money. Straight pipes and a turbo are all you get. For those who know, it sounds like a baby Lambo. For those who don't, it sounds MUCH bigger than it is.

Cons

Fuel Economy

This is one of those questions that everyone asks. "That thing good on gas?" Unfortunately, no it isn't. This car lends itself to ripping away from lights and wide-open freeway entrances. that means 28 MPG. But hey. You want economy, buy the normal 500. This one is for kicks and giggles.

Interior Space

News flash. This car is small. Quite small. The longer you live with this car, the better you get at working with it. But if you're like me and came from a 4-door sedan, prepare for an adjustment period.

Visibility

Ugh. Modern car A-pillars. Everything in this car is meaty. The corners of windows are hard to see out of and the doors are up to your cheek. Not the worst but again, prepare for a shock if you're coming from an older car. Also, the rear headrests need to be down at all times if you want to see.

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