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A Used FIAT 500 Abarth Is a Truly Amazing Deal

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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2017

The FIAT 500 Abarth is one of the most enjoyable little cars on the market today. I'll never forget the first time I ever drove one. Like you (probably), I dramatically judged this hatchback by its cover: It's cute, and small, and plucky, so I assumed it would be sort of fun to drive but obviously lacking in serious performance-car excitement. Nothing that looks like that can actually be fun for a serious car enthusiast.

But it IS fun! It turns out the 500 Abarth is a wildly fun little car, with excellent handling, and great steering feel, and a tight 5-speed manual transmission, and a sound that truly makes you laugh every time you stab the throttle. With only 160 horsepower, the best part might just be how slow it is: zero to 60 is in 7 seconds, which is reasonably quick for a little car like the Abarth but not ultra-fast -- and which requires you to really push that throttle, and hear that noise, in order to really get the most out of it. It's a car that actually wants you to go faster, which in turn makes you happier. I love it.

And here's the best part: It's an amazing deal on the used market.

Actually, the 500 Abarth is an amazing deal overall. Even a brand-new model starts at just $22,500 with shipping. But the average asking price for a used FIAT 500 Abarth on Autotrader is just $13,500, which seems like highway robbery for such a hilariously enjoyable little car. If you change your search to only look at 2013 and 2014 models, that figure drops to just $11,900, which has to make this the best bang for your buck of any modern car on the market. Under twelve grand for a 3-year-old car that provides as many thrills as just about any other modern sports car.

Of course, the 500 Abarth isn't wildly practical, and it could use a sixth gear, and maybe a nicer interior -- but that isn't the point. The point is that eleven grand can buy you a fun, exciting car with distinctive styling and an amazing sound -- and you should go out right now and get one. I'll stand by, jealous of your newfound Abarth, since I don't have anywhere to put one.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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