2012 Fiat 500 Pop 1.4L gasoline from North America


Great fit and finish


Previous owner replaced shifter boot under warranty.

General Comments:

I bought this base model Pop used and I am very happy with the fit and finish. This car has everything you need and nothing you don't need. If you want a car with many extra large cup holders and lots of little storage compartments, then this car isn't for you. I love that it is simple.

I have no complaints about the quality of materials. Being that it is a compact car, I thought it would be a noisy rattle-trap on the road, but it is the smoothest and quietest car I have ever known.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2015

6th Jul 2015, 10:49

'Fit and finish' is usually a term reserved for how well panels come together. If you have gaps between panels, or they don't fit properly, the car is said to have poor fit and finish.

I think the term you're looking for is 'equipped'; having only a few cup holders means a car is less equipped than one with more. Being more equipped means having more features (but in this case, you're saying that less is more). A Cadillac Escalade EXT might have leather seats, navigation system, and 4WD; a Honda Accord might have none of these, and the Cadillac is considered to be more (or better) equipped.

I'm surprised the Fiat has quality materials, considering the price point. I rented a 2014 Mirage about a year ago, and it was decent in this category, too.

PS I see your last car was a RAV-4. A very loud car indeed. I used to work at a Toyota dealership, and every generation RAV-4 was loud, raspy, and thirsty (even the newest one).

6th Jul 2015, 21:06

Yes, I think you articulated what I was trying to say. I saw that some complained that the plastics and other materials of this car seemed cheap to them, but I feel exactly the opposite. This car feels very solid and tight to me. Not to compare apples to oranges, but the hood of this car doesn't flap like it would on my RAV4. I think this car is a great value if you were in the compact car market.

2012 Fiat 500 1.1L from North America


Formidable commuter car and sporty styling


After owning my 2012 Fiat 500 for about 5 months, I can say that the reliability has been exceptional. I live in Denver, Colorado where the winters can be tough, so it will be interesting to see how the Fiat handles in deep snow and ice... not to mention starting at temperatures as low as -20 degrees F.

Beside the typical maintenance items (oil changes, etc) it has been trouble-free so far.

General Comments:

I will have to admit that I'm "split" as to my feelings concerning the 2012 Fiat 500.

On the positive side, I have enjoyed the good fuel economy that has become a true selling point for the present day Fiats. My most recent fuel economy check has it achieving about 35 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway -- similar to other four cylinder vehicles and about 3 times better than my 1976 Oldsmobile 98 Regency with a 455 cu in. 4bbl.

In addition, I'm partial to the wealth of "standard" features that this vehicle has - from automatic windows to "climate control", not to mention a very capable BOSE sound system, this vehicle compares quite comfortably with any other of the 2012 vehicles.

Not all, however, comes up so favorably for this vehicle.

It has a 1.1 liter engine that is decent enough for most commuting, but is limited as far as acceleration - if more "pep" is in your step, you may want to entertain a different manufacturer. It is quite suitable for running about town or a commuter vehicle.

Second... because this is such a small car, it lacks comfort and leg room inside. I have driven other four cylinder vehicles and the ride was more comfortable than the Fiat -- it seems "cramped" at times.

Also, while I'm very partial to the styling of the Fiat, it seems to lack true integrity of workmanship... kinda "cheap" and plastic - similar to the Kia when it first hit the market in the 1990s... it's kind of like a "rough" in the diamond instead of a "diamond" in the rough. Looks nice, but is really rather inexpensively produced - seats, dashboard, overall structural integrity; could be better.

Last, and most importantly -- how will the Fiats fair on this second push starting in 2012? Most of the warranty provisions are gone after just 5 years - so time will tell if they will prevail or be just another to fail like the Yugo. The economic selling price on these cars may be deterred just a bit by the higher cost of maintenance and replacement parts when they fail as well.

Time will tell all - but, in the meantime - I will continue to drive my Fiat. The "gripes" I have are minor by comparison and I basically feel that I did OK on my purchase; I think a Denver winter may be necessary to get a good feel for whether or not this has been a decent buy; will update accordingly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd October, 2014