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2012 FIAT 500 Hatchback

Price Range: $15,500 - $22,000 | 27 MPG City - 34 MPG Highway

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2012 FIAT 500 Hatchback

Benefits of Driving a 2012 FIAT 500 Hatchback

The 2012 FIAT 500 combines European styling and an impressively low price point. It's intended to compete directly with another miniature European import, the MINI Cooper. However, the FIAT features better fuel economy, a lower price and more compact dimensions all around. It's one of the smallest cars available in the US, but seats 4, features as standard, heated power-adjustable mirrors, remote keyless entry, seven airbags and stability control.

What's new for 2012?

Available in Europe since 2007-- the brand-new FIAT 500 arrives in North America for the 2012 model year.

Model Strengths

  • Sporty handling, surprising performance
  • room for four adults
  • European luxury in a small package

Model Review

FIAT's 500 for America delivers Italian panache with an enthusiastic punch. A standard 1.4L 4-cylinder engine delivers 101 horsepower. Not a lot of power, but the 500 weighs just over 2300 lbs. The car is front-wheel drive and comes with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and standard stability control.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Engine

Engine Type 1.4L Gas I4
Horsepower 101 @ 6500 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 98 @ 4000 RPM
Optional Engines 4-Cylinder Engine, Gasoline Fuel

Fuel

Fuel Type Gasoline Fuel
Fuel Capacity 10.5 gal
Fuel Economy 30 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 399 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels FWD
Transmission 5-Speed Manual Transmission

Wheels

Rims 15 x 6.0 in.
Tires 185/55R15

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 4 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 38.9 in. / 40.7 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 35.6 in. / 31.7 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 90.6 in.
Curb Weight 2363 lb.
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Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Optional
Front Bucket Seats Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Optional

Convenience

Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Seat Position Memory Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Premium Sound System Optional