Sitting Pretty at the Pump - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500: Sitting Pretty at the Pump

July 18, 2011

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Some drivers enjoy the game of getting great fuel economy. It becomes this wonderful challenge, a delicate dance with the throttle to achieve the most frugal result.

Sometimes I make this kind of effort, but to be perfectly honest, most of the time, my driving style is the exact opposite of fuel-efficient. The shocker is that despite my less-than-patient way with the gas pedal, I managed to beat EPA estimates in the little Fiat this weekend.

I racked up 83 miles, with 40 of those spent on the highway and the rest in city travel. My combined average fuel economy in the 500 was a pretty impressive 35.2 miles per gallon (and that figure represents my own calculations, not the rosy estimate offered by the car's fuel economy gauge). The Fiat's EPA rating for combined city/highway driving is 33 mpg.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 5,792 miles

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