in 2013 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,587 - $20,557
Original MSRP: $16,195 - $26,095
MPG: 31 City / 40 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 FIAT 500 Review

Review Last Updated: 9/30/14

While some noted that its rear seat is particularly cramped, reviewers said the 2013 Fiat 500 has a stylish interior, peppy available engines and is a breeze to park. 

Test drivers said the base 2013 Fiat 500’s four-cylinder engine offers enough power around town, but they wrote that the 500 takes time to get up to highway speeds. For 2013, FIAT introduced the more powerful 500 Turbo, while the Fiat 500 Abarth has the most powerful engine in the lineup. Critics said that the Fiat 500 Turbo suffers from a bit of turbo lag initially, but feels responsive and powerful once it’s up to speed. Meanwhile, the 500 Abarth impressed critics with its power and agility. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on all models, while a six-speed automatic is available on only the base Fiat 500. The 2013 Fiat 500 gets an EPA-estimated 31/40 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Auto writers said the 500’s steering is responsive and that it feels poised through corners, but some reported that the 500 is subject to crosswinds at high speeds. While some noted that the ride in 500 Turbo and Abarth models is firm, it’s not overly harsh. The 500 also earned praise for its small turning circle, which makes it a breeze to park.

While some reviewers said the 2013 Fiat 500 has cheap interior materials, others thought they are appropriate for the class and noted that a playful retro design makes the cabin a cheerful place to be. Test drivers said the four-seat 500’s front seats are comfortable, and that a high seating position offers good forward visibility, though the available sunroof can cut down on headroom. The rear seats are cramped and head- and legroom are at a premium, reviewers said. The 500 has 30.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is competitive for a subcompact car. The 2013 Fiat 500 comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input and a USB port. Available features include a power sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a Beats premium audio system, satellite radio and navigation. Auto writers said that the available navigation system can be difficult to use, and some had trouble adjusting some audio settings.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Honda Fit seats five and test drivers said it has agile handling and ample legroom in the back seat, which is rare for a subcompact car. The Fit also has one of the largest cargo holds in the class and features seats that fold in multiple directions to accommodate bulky items.

Like the 500, the 2013 Mini Cooper also has a retro-styled cabin, and test drivers said the Mini is incredibly nimble around curves. Mini Cooper S and John Cooper Works models also earned praise for the brisk acceleration that their turbocharged engines provide. 

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