2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Hello? HELLO?

July 12, 2011

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Despite living in L.A. for 11 years I still have a heavy Boston accent. Just ask my colleagues - they remind me periodically. Still, for the most paaht, I enunciate words clearly enough that I usually don't have a problem with in-car voice command systems. Not so with the 500's hands-free hook-up.

I was glad to see the Fiat features automatic phone book download, but noticed it got names mixed up several times. I would clearly command it to "Call Greg" and the disembodied lady would respond with "Do you want to call Brent?". And when I said "No", the system would just hang up on me, rather letting me repeat the name. Furthermore, when I was on a call, sometimes the folks on the other end complained about the clarity (or rather lack thereof) of my voice. One even said it sounded like I was in a cave. Maybe a better microphone for the system would help matters...

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor at 4,757 miles

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

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