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The Fiat 500 first debuted in 1957. Originating in Italy, its tiny size was ideal for navigating the narrow streets of the area. Now, these tiny cars are desired for their incredibly low prices, exceptional fuel economy, and accessibility. These cars are easy to get in and out of, and they’re also easy to navigate with a comfortable drive. This is especially true for parking lots and when turning around. There’s definitely a niche market for small vehicles like the Fiat, which can be seen by the world’s love for the Volkswagen Beetle. If these cute, compact cars are your thing, Orange Coast Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat is the used Fiat dealer for you.
The Fiat 500 has gone through several different styles and models over the years. Originally, we got the Fiat 500 Nuova. This model offered up to only 13 horsepower. It was underwhelmingly powerful, but its main intent was more about maneuverability than power. So, for its design intent, this tiny car definitely met the goal.
The Fiat 500 Nuova debuted in 1957 and hung around until the next model’s release. Only a bit later, the Fiat 500 D came along in 1960, offering up to 15 horsepower. The Fiat 500 D was only 116 inches long, keeping the tiny aesthetic going. Its slight increase of power made it a bit more appealing than the original Fiat 500.
Next came the Fiat 500 Berlina, debuting in 1965. This model also increased by 3 horsepower, boosting it to 18 horsepower. In 1968, the Fiat 500 Lusso was released with front-hinged doors as opposed to rear-hinged, proving to be safer. Finally, the Fiat 500 Rinnovata came about in 1972, still peaking at 18 horsepower.
This was the last Fiat 500 until 2007, when it came back and better than ever, with a minimum of 69 horsepower and a maximum of 101. After 50 years of their existence, the Fiat 500 and the Fiat 500 C were more powerful and aesthetically appealing than their original variants. From 2015 and on, the Fiat 500 has grown in its aesthetic and its performance, with the Fiat 500e being available in diesel, hybrid, and gas options. It’s safe to say that this little hatchback has many more miles to go.
Let’s start off by looking at the Fiat 500’s big return. The modern Fiat 500 comes with options for both gasoline and diesel engines. It’s larger than the older models, landing around 140 inches in length. It also weighs around 1,000 pounds more than the classic Fiat 500. So, you’re getting a lot more durability than 20th-century drivers. However, you’ll still get that nostalgic, classic feel thanks to the Fiat 500’s interior and exterior aesthetic design.
Depending on your engine choice, trim, and model year, you can get as much as 67 miles per gallon with the Fiat 500. Thanks to this, the Fiat 500 creates fewer emissions than the average car. Overall, we believe that one of the best aspects of the modern Fiat 500 is its retro interior design. You’ll get the “look” of the olden days mixed with the tech and convenience of a modern vehicle. Oh, and not to mention a much safer driving experience.
Cars don’t always cut it for everyone, especially if they’re “miniature.” Some drivers prefer something more durable, powerful, and maybe even higher profile. That’s where the Fiat 500x comes in. The Fiat 500x debuted in 2016. This small SUV is modeled after the Fiat 500 car, but it’s much more capable and spacious. It comes with all-wheel drive availability, good fuel-economy, and seating for up to 5 passengers.
The 500x offers all the modern fixes, like Bluetooth connection, SiriusXM radio capability, and remote keyless entry. It also includes driver assist features such as tire pressure monitoring, which helps prevent flats, a backup camera, and cruise control. These 4-door models are more off-pavement capable, especially if you opt for an Adventure Edition Fiat 500x. The Adventure Edition variant comes with larger wheels, roof rack rails, and a sportier aesthetic appeal. While it’s not ideal to go mudding in, like a Jeep Wrangler would be, it’s a good option for campers, sightseers, and kayakers. Overall, if you’re into convenience and travel, this model is the Fiat 500 for you.
Now let’s take a look at the Fiat 500L, a station wagon twist on the classic car. First off, this model also offers an excellent fuel economy. It’s not as spacious as the 500x, but definitely more spacious than the regular 500. It’s a nice in-between option. Debuting in 2014, it comes with parking sensors, a backup camera, and a Uconnect radio.
Later models include remote keyless entry and smart device integration. The 500L is a stylish model, coming in multiple unique colors such as pastel yellow, mint green, burnt orange, and forest green, to name a few. Most models include Bluetooth connectivity for phone calls, 6-way adjustable seating, and they all have side impact beams for added accident safety. Overall, those who like the car experience with a bit extra headspace will really enjoy the Fiat 500L.
Now, let’s take a look at the electric Fiat 500e. The Fiat 500e is an electric version of the regular 500. This model comes with several tech features, including navigation, options for a powered sunroof, and even an eSport package for better aesthetic appeal. Later models include blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and lane keep assist. Generally speaking, this model is one of the Fiat 500’s most tech-heavy models yet.
No matter how old, all Fiat 500e models include standard pedestrian detection. Originally, this model was only sold in California and Oregon, but the good news for you is that your Orange Coast CDJRF used Fiat dealer is located in California anyway. While Fiat vehicles can be found all over the states, we’ve definitely got one of the largest selections available, especially if you’re interested in the electric Fiat 500e. Generally, the Fiat 500e is best used solely for local driving, but if you’re into saving the environment while commuting to work, it’s a great option.