2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test


2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Canine Equivalents

January 18, 2012

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So there we were, sitting at a traffic light with a bucket of fried chicken on my girlfriend's lap. Shuffling across the crosswalk was an older gentleman and his tiny lap dog. Just as they pass the Fiat 500, they both looked over their shoulders at the tiny 500 then keep walking. "That's the dog equivalent of this car," I said. She disagreed. "It should be one of the smoosh-faced yippy dogs," she replied.

"I think I just came up with tomorrow's post," I said triumphantly. Click through to see what I equate the rest of our long-term fleet to...

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Ford Explorer and an Old English Sheepdog: Large, with poor visibility (Courtesy of James Riswick)

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1985 Porsche 911 and a German Shepard: Obvious comparison, but perhaps this dog is a bit older and a little arthritic.

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Mazda Miata and a Shiba Inu: Smaller dog with lots of energy.

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Mini Countryman and an English Bulldog: Mini touts its cars as having the Bulldog stance. Fair enough. (Courtesy of Bryn MacKinnon and James Riswick)

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Jeep Wrangler and Archie the dog: This is Scott Jacobs' hunting dog. Purpose built and loves the great outdoors.

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Volvo S60 and an Afghan Hound: Slightly weird and expensive.

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Ford Mustang GT and a Doberman: Sinister, athletic and just damned fierce.

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Toyota Camry and "dog": Just a nondescript dog. Maybe a mutt. I dunno. But it's a dog.

I thought about a dog equivalent for the Volt. Maybe a cross-between a cat and dog (hybrid, get it?), but I feared what I might see if I googled it.

I'm sure some will have their own opinions on what dog should go with which car, so feel free to comment on these or any other long-termer.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 FIAT 500 in VA is:

$134 per month*
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