Small Grievances from the Road - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500: Small Grievances from the Road

February 22, 2012

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Seven-hundred twenty-two miles of solo driving provides ample time to reflect on a car's faults, not to mention my own faults, and the faults of my close friends and family. But today I'll just tell you about a couple issues I noticed in our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport during my Vegas road trip with a detour through Death Valley.

The first concerns the sun visors.

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The Fiat's visors are small and cheap and non-extendable. When the mid-afternoon sun was coming through just right or just left of the A-pillar (as seen here), the driver-side visor was effective. When it was in any other position relative to the small Rosso hatchback, the visor was wholly ineffective. And since this is a two-door, there's a quite a bit of side glass area for the light to penetrate.

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The other issue concerns the car's 12-volt power point. It only has one. It could really use two -- one for a portable navigation unit and the other for a radar detector. (And by the way, that triple cupholder unit in this picture? It really only holds one cup at a time, but at least it holds that cup securely.)

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Now, I can imagine what you might be thinking: I should should just plug an iOS device into the USB input and use that for navigation. However, in Death Valley, AT&T's coverage was spotty so I relished the more consistent performance of this trusty old Nuvi -- and simply drove in a manner that didn't necessitate use of a radar detector.

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Erin Riches, Senior Editor


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