2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test


2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Small Convenience

November 18, 2011

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Our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport doesn't have parking lights, so I usually turn on the headlights when driving around our office's subterranean garage. On this particular day, I forgot turn them off once I was topside, and I even forgot to turn them off once I'd shut off the engine and parked at a deli for lunch (shown above).

I returned to the car, noticed that the headlights were still in the "on" position, but that the car had obviously turned them off automatically. In a car that's a little hit-and-miss with the conveniences (no auto-up windows, no steering-wheel telescope, etc.), this was unexpected and appreciated.

I should also note that at night these projector-beam headlights throw out a better spread of light (that is, brighter and the beams seem to reach farther) than the reflector-type headlights on our similarly priced Mazda 2 Touring did. So, projector-beam headlights -- another fabulous small convenience!

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 9,689 miles

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