In Repose - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: In Repose

November 22, 2011

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Italians are slouchy. I am one so I speak from experience. They lean on things constantly. Rent an Italian movie -- and I don't mean The Godfather -- but something from Antonioni or Bertolucci. You'll see Italian actors draped all over the set and looking spectacular. I'm not saying Italians are lazy -- far from it. But they are relaxed. By now you're wondering where all of this is leading.

The Fiat 500 is relaxed. It's perfectly content to sit in my driveway looking adorable. It's not lazy. It has no problem keeping up on the highway. Getting it going is the problem. It's very slouchy through 1st and 2nd gears. Trying to get the Cinquecento moving is like trying to wake my 10-year-old self up for school. I kept mumbling "five more minutes" to my very patient mother.

I could swear I heard the Fiat 500 whispering "un momento, per favore."

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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