Well, That's Different - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Well, That's Different

May 11, 2011


The first few times I drove our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport, it took some getting used to what with all its quirky ways of doing things. For instance, I don't want to admit how long it took before I gave up looking for the tripmeter button and grabbed the owner's manual instead. For the record, you can't even see that stalk sitting behind the steering wheel like that, so I don't care how clearly marked it is. So there. Heh.

This has already been pointed out but the tach in the speedo. I kind of like it, space-saving and all that. But I know others don't, finding it confusing and distracting.

Check out the driver-side convex mirror. So Euro. It takes some getting used to...in fact I'm still not used to it being there. We have them on our Chevy Traverse (remember that car?), too, but I always find them too tiny to be useful.

And thanks to this screen on our sunroof, it's perpetually sunny in the Fiat. Not a fan, especially during those really hot, sunny days. "Is that the scent of hair burning?"


OK, this doesn't take getting used to but I was surprised that the Fiat even had a Hill Start feature. Gawd, I love this feature. Don't know why anyone would want to deactivate it.


Other space-saving quirks that I had actually video'd but for some reason didn't come out are that the door handles serve as the door locks and the A/C button is actually the knob for fan speed.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 2,458 miles

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