Is it Just Me? - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Is it Just Me?

May 16, 2011


There's a lot to like about our Fiat 500. One of them is the interior door handle. You give the handle a little push and it exposes a little red indicator, locking the doors. Unlocking and opening the door is accomplished with one tug of the handle. Nice. Another reason I like it is because it gives me a chuckle, because it looks like...


Bathroom humor, I know, but at least it's clean.

In all seriousness, I found the 500 to be a delightfully zippy little car as I ran errands all weekend. It's just enough power to have some decent fun and turns a lot of heads. It's still a bit of a novelty, much like the Mini Cooper was when it first started showing up. People give me friendly waves and smiles as they see it, and the appeal seems to cross a lot of demographics. I suppose this will all die down once we start seeing these on a regular basis.

I'd really be interested to drive the Abarth version of this, though.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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