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2013 FIAT 500 Hatchback - Overview

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$16,195 – $22,000 MSRP

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2013 FIAT 500 Hatchback

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Overview

What's New for 2013:

  • Fiat 500 Turbo Hatchback model debuts
  • Improved fuel economy with manual transmission and base engine
  • Standard manual transmission for Lounge trim level
  • Beats by Dr. Dre audio system
  • Optional premium leather for Sport and Turbo trim levels
  • Heated front seats added to Comfort and Convenience package on Abarth trim
  • 500c Gucci model cancelled

Exterior Features
The 2013 Fiat 500 is sold in 4-passenger 3-door hatchback, and 4-passenger 2-door convertible body styles. Trim levels include Pop, Sport, Turbo, Lounge, and Abarth, and are available depending on the body style selected. All trims are equipped with power heated exterior mirrors.

The Fiat 500 convertible model is called the 500c (the "c" stands for "cabriolet"). It offers a retractable fabric roof panel that slides open to create a sunroof, or stacks atop the trunk to provide an open-air driving experience. The top can be partially retracted at speeds up to 60 mph, and stacked as long as the car is traveling at less than 50 mph, Fiat says. The Fiat 500c model retains the doors, window glass, and structural elements of its original roof.

Interior Features
The Fiat 500 hatchback model can hold 9.3 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seat in use, and 26.8 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded. The Fiat 500c's trunk measures 5.4 cubic feet. However, the split-folding rear seat allows for cargo expansion into the cabin, providing 23.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

Standard on the Fiat 500 Pop trim level are air conditioning, cloth seats, height-adjustable driver's seat, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, and cruise control. Also included is Blue & Me Bluetooth connectivity, and the 500 Pop also comes with a CD/MP3 player, auxiliary input jack, USB port, and an iPod connection. Rear park-assist sensors are also included on the 500c Pop.

Optional Features
According to Fiat, the 500 is offered in over 500,000 unique combinations of color, trim and equipment, indicating that there are many ways to personalize this model.

The 500 Sport trim is available only in hatchback format, and includes a sport-tuned suspension, sport steering wheel, sport-bolstered front seats, and larger 16-inch aluminum wheels. Additionally, the 500 Sport is equipped with a premium sound system, fog lights, rear spoiler, body kit, and red-painted brake calipers.

The new-for-2013 500 Turbo trim level is equipped like the 500 Sport, but adds front styling similar to the 500 Abarth trim, coupeed with a turbocharged engine, sport exhaust system, and performance braking components.

The 500 Lounge trim is available in hatchback and convertible body styles, and adds the following features to those of the 500 Pop model: chrome exterior mirrors, unique 15-inch aluminum wheels, automatic climate control, premium sound system, satellite radio, upgraded fabric seating and, on the hatchback model, a panoramic glass roof.

The Fiat 500 Abarth trim is a performance-tuned hatchback. It builds from the 500 Turbo spec sheet with a lowered performance suspension, quicker steering, and unique 16-inch aluminum wheels. Styling revisions improve aerodynamics and increase rear downforce, Fiat says. Inside, the 500 Abarth is equipped with a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel trimmed in perforated leather, leather-wrapped gauge cluster brow, 160-mph speedometer, turbo boost gauge, LED upshift light, and aluminum pedal covers. The performance-bolstered seats feature racing harness pass-throughs. A Beats by Dr. Dre sound system is standard.

Depending on which trim level is selected, the 2013 Fiat 500 can be fitted with aluminum wheels, premium sound system, power sunroof, and, for the 500c model, a mesh windscreen to reduce cabin buffeting when the roof is open. Additional extras include a navigation system, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and rear park-assist sensors. The Abarth is exclusively available with 17-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in 3-season performance tires.

Under the Hood
A 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 101 horsepower and 98 lb.-ft. of torque is standard on the 2013 Fiat 500, driving the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. An Eco:Drive system tracks driving behavior and recommends ways to improve fuel efficiency, while a Sport mode adjusts the throttle response and steering calibration for more spirited response.

The new Fiat 500 Turbo trim is equipped with a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 135 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 150 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,500 and 4,000 rpm. A 5-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission offered for the 500 Turbo.

The Fiat 500 Abarth also has a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, but in this level of trim it creates 160 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 170 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,500 and 4,000 rpm. A heavy-duty 5-speed manual transmission includes Torque Transfer Control (TTC), which automatically redistributes power when one of the front wheels starts to spin.

Every 2013 Fiat 500 includes free maintenance for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles of ownership.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Fiat 500 are:
  • 500 with manual transmission: 31/40/34 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • 500 with automatic transmission: 27/34/30 mpg
  • 500 Turbo: 28/31/34 mpg
  • 500 Abarth: 28/31/34 mpg

Safety
The 2013 Fiat 500 is equipped with 7 air bags, stability and traction control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist. Rear park-assist sensors are included on the 500c, and optional on other trim levels. The 500 Abarth's stability control system is tuned to provide a greater handling envelope before engagement, and can be completely turned off.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Fiat 500 Hatchback receives 4 (out of 5) stars for frontal-impact rating and a rating of 4 stars for rollover protection. The individual rating for the front-seat passenger is 3 stars. The NHTSA does not publish a side-impact rating for the 2013 model. As this overview was written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had not tested the 2013 Fiat 500. However, the structurally identical 2012 model was named a "Top Safety Pick" by the Institute.

Available Trims for the 2013 FIAT 500 Hatchback

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Pop 5 speed manual $16,195 101-hp / 1.4L 4-cyl 31/40
Sport 5 speed manual $17,500 101-hp / 1.4L 4-cyl 31/40
Lounge 5 speed manual $18,500 101-hp / 1.4L 4-cyl 31/40
Turbo 5 speed manual $19,500 135-hp / 1.4L 4-cyl 28/34
Abarth 5 speed manual $22,000 160-hp / 1.4L 4-cyl 28/34

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