Friday, October 14, 2011
2012 Fiat 500- Back again
Power: What power?
Sex Appeal: It is like driving Zooey Deschanel: cute and quirky and you want it.
Two summers ago I went with my family to the great country of Italy. It was there that I was blasted with an overwhelming sight: Fiat 500's. EVERYWHERE. I would like to explain further this concept of, "everywhere." One day we were going to lunch and there in the middle of the sidewalk was a small car. We asked the waitress what that was all about and she simply said: "oh, there is no parking. People just park on the sidewalk because the parking ticket is less than paying for a parking lot."
That pretty much sums up the mentality of every Italian.
Needless to say my obsession with this cute little thing quickly grew and by the end of our 10 day trip I badly wanted the souped up Abarth Fiat 500(the tuner version soon to be released in the US). Until that review, I will focus on the base model. It is cheap (15-18k), gets good gas milage, comes in a manual, and is blessed with plenty of quirky color combinations. If you are looking for a car with any pep and zip at all, please move on and buy a mini. As cool as this car is, it has less than 100hp and despite its apparent small size, has the same generous proportions of its rival: Mini.
In the united states, this car is distributed by Chrysler and that bothers me. I hate chrysler. They make cheap S*** cars and should be gone (cough THANKS FOR NOTHING OBAMA cough). Whether Chrysler has any say in how this car is produced and made is unknown to me, but it is definitely something to consider if you want this car. All I know is that sitting in one felt awful similar to sitting in a PT cruiser(the quintessential cheap S***).
Its affiliation with Chrysler aside, I overall like this car. I would never get the base model because it is just too plain and underpowered for me. My suggestion is to wait for the Abarth which is not totally underpowered and adds just enough toughness to this car to make it appeal to the male and female sex equally.
Also, I like the convertible version of this car. It is not a traditional convertible, but is cool all the same because the top portion just slides back like a set of blinds. Pretty cool I must say.
If you are in the market for something fuel efficient and cute, this is a great option if you never have to drive on the freeway(it just doesn't have enough power to be safe at speed). Otherwise, there are plenty of other cars out there that are better (look at a base mini, ford fiesta, etc).