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New for 2014: Fiat

By: Jeff Youngs, 9/25/2013
2014 Fiat Overview

In the grand scheme of the automotive marketplace, Fiat has been a smaller player, literally and figuratively. The 2-door 500, 500c convertible, and 500 Abarth (available in hardtop and convertible body styles) are among the more diminutive models currently available to U.S. buyers, and compete directly with rivals like the Mini Cooper. For 2014, updates are primarily restricted to new wheel designs and a revised front passenger seat.

More significant are the broader changes taking place under the Fiat umbrella. These include debuts of an all-new 500L wagon, which blends the 500's style with considerable increases in passenger and cargo space, and a fully electric 500e model that boasts a Fiat-estimated 87-mile range and an EPA-estimated 122 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in the city.


2014 Fiat 500
The front-wheel-drive (FWD) Fiat 500, available in hardtop and 500c convertible body styles and four trim levels (two for the convertible), has been updated for 2014 with an optional ivory interior, updated 16-inch wheels, and a front passenger seat that adds an armrest and has been redesigned to provide greater head room. Depending on whether 500 or 500c is selected, output comes from a 101-horsepower 4-cylinder or a turbocharged, 135-horsepower 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

What's New:
  • Available ivory interior
  • Revised wheel designs
  • Updated front passenger seat
  • Granito Lucente and Nero Puro paint colors


2014 Fiat 500 Abarth
Boasting one of the most rumbly exhaust notes among small high-performance cars, the Fiat 500 Abarth makes no attempts to hide its sporting intentions. Like the base 500, the Abarth is offered in hardtop and convertible configurations, though the turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine under its hood delivers a 160-horsepower punch. Fiat recommends drivers fill the Abarth's tank with premium-grade gasoline. A 5-speed manual is the only gearbox available.

What's New:
  • Granito Lucente and Nero Puro paint colors
  • Updated front passenger seat
  • Revised wheel designs


2014 Fiat 500e
To the casual observer, the all-new 2014 Fiat 500e may be just another 500 hardtop. However, in reality, this fully electric hatchback is differentiated courtesy of its 24-kWh Lithium-ion battery, 111-horsepower electric motor, single-speed automatic transmission, and the equivalent of up to 122 mpg in the city. Perhaps most unique--and a selling point for shoppers uncertain about the limitations of owning an electric car as their only means of transportation--is the Fiat ePass program, which provides any new 500e owner a free rental car (usually a 500, 500L, or Chrysler 200) for 12 days of each of the first three years of ownership. This allows drivers to travel for vacation or make an extended trip without being constrained by the 500e's range.

What's New:
  • Electric model based on 500
  • Fiat-estimated 87-mile range
  • EPA-rated 122 MPGe
  • Rechargeable in less than 4 hours (Fiat estimate)
  • More aerodynamic than gasoline-powered 500
  • Smartphone app tracks energy use and directs drivers to charging stations
  • Standard enrollment in Fiat ePass rental car program


2014 Fiat 500L
As cute as it may be, the 2-door Fiat 500 isn't sufficiently practical for buyers who often need an easily accessible rear seat, spacious cargo area, or the versatility that typically comes with a larger car. For those consumers, Fiat has launched the all-new 500L, a 5-passenger, 4-door wagon that offers a Fiat-estimated 42% more interior space than the smaller 500, an extra 6 inches of height and width, and more than 2 ft. of extra length. Fitted under the 2014 Fiat 500L's hood is a 160-horsepower 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automated manual transmission. Trim levels include Pop, Easy, Trekking, and Lounge.

What's New:
  • All-new 5-passenger wagon
  • 42% more interior space than a Fiat 500
  • Standard turbocharged engine
  • Trim levels ranging from base Pop to aggressively styled Trekking

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