2012 Fiat 500 Long Term Road Test


2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Instead of Pancakes

May 02, 2012

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Usually, I try to avoid weighing in on matters of style, because I'm not on the cutting edge in any other part of my life, so why would I have any special insight on how cars look? Exactly. But I'm going to venture out here and say that I like our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport's hind quarters.

2011_mini_cooper_group_ct_7291113_1600.jpg If you look around the subcompact/B-segment class, you'll notice that pancake-flat butts prevail. Even the good-looking cars have pancake butts. OK, so the Mazda 2's has a little bit of shape to it, but it's so subtle. The Mini's is excessively tidy; I feel the same about the Audi A3, which is not in the same class but included here anyway.

Then, there's the Fiat 500. It has a more aggressive slant to its rear hatch, and there's an attractive contour line that flows horizontally through the hatch from the doors.

Meanwhile, the bulging rear fenders spill into the bumper and give the car's butt just the right (visual) weight. It almost looks curvy.

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Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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