2017 FIAT 124 Spider Pricing


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Pros

  • Endlessly entertaining to pilot around tight turns
  • Manual soft top is extremely easy to lower and raise
  • Prices are very reasonable, even in the loaded versions
  • Surprisingly comfortable ride on the highway

Cons

  • Technology interface isn't as user-friendly as some rivals
  • Steering wheel shift paddles are only available on the Abarth.
  • Automatic transmission is sometimes slow to downshift
  • Cabin is a tight fit for tall passengers

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Features & Specs

Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)Lusso 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)Classica 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Starting MSRP$28,195$27,495$24,995
MPG303030
Seating222
Transmission6-speed manual6-speed manual6-speed manual
Fuelgasgasgas
Horsepower160 hp @ 5500 rpm160 hp @ 5500 rpm160 hp @ 5500 rpm

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After twelve months, we still love this car
After twelve months of ownership, we're still in love with our FIAT 124 Spider. We've taken it on several road trips, some as long as six hours of driving and 400 miles in a day. For a roadster, the ride is excellent. We never feel tired, uncomfortable, or anxious for the ride to be over. It's awesome being able to enjoy the journey as much or more than the destination. For me, the Spider is the perfect blend of comfort, performance, and driving pleasure. Finding a nice twisting road through the mountains is pure joy. The handling is superb and the power is more than adequate to handle any situation whether it's climbing a steep grade or passing a slower vehicle. It stays planted in the curves and corners. The Spider has performed flawlessly with no problems of any kind. My original review is in the paragraph below. Realizing that a two seat roadster isn't for everyone, if you enjoy driving, or would like to enjoy it and have the luxury of being able to get by with just two seats, the FIAT 124 Spider is a great choice. Unless you just don't like driving, the FIAT Spider is sure to put a smile on your face and make you want to take the long way to wherever you're going. This car isn't a super-powered muscle car, but is light weight, nimble, peppy, and handles superbly. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, for me, this car is gorgeous. Many sports cars are known for their harsh ride - not the FIAT. While providing great sporting performance, it also has a very comfortable and enjoyable ride with the top up or down. I'm 5'-8" and the car fits me very well. I can imagine that someone over six-foot would feel a bit tight. I test drove both the automatic and the manual and concluded that, while both are really great, the manual provides an edge higher level of driver engagement and driving pleasure. But, upon the insistence of my wife, I purchased the auto. While I enjoyed the manual, I'm very pleased with the auto. It's great cruising on the open road where you're not shifting a lot anyway, and it's also less of a hassle in city traffic. I couldn't be more satisfied.
This much fun has got to be illegal
When looking for two seater, drop top roadsters, that capture the fun of driving a curvy, technical back road for a low price, you have a choice of a Miata (Mazda MX-5) or a ?. And Mazda does it well with a light weight, quick, well made and reliable car. But it's styling, for me, was like the rest of the car, superbly functional. All it needed, was some passion to make it perfect and a little tuning by a culture with a rich road racing history. Along comes Fiat, to bring it both. The beautiful throw back looks of the 124 Sport Abarth, added to the MX-5 would have made a great car inspiring, and the looks distinctive, but it would still not be a Italian sports car but rather a better looking Mazda. But Fiat ripped the heart out of the Miata by replacing its engine with the soul of an Italian. Now it has it own looks and the totally different driving experience that a turbo charged motor brings to a car. But what about that tuning? That is where the Abarth model's unique features come in . The Bilstein shocks added to the front and rear, revised roll stabilizers, limited slip differential, 17 inch wheels with 205 low profile tires, the revised more throaty exhaust that adds four horsepower, - combine to allow the engine, suspension, and even the steering to be dialed in with the sport mode button to transform the 124 from a gentleman's sporting vehicle into a superbly controlled, feisty, canyon carver expert that blows the top off the fun driving chart. This car feels like it is nailed to the pavement no matter the road surface or the severity of the curves. Add the Brembo brake option as I did, and you can bring down your boiling cup of espresso to a standstill in a heart beat. Put it all together, as Fiat has, and this is the most fun you can have for a $25 tank of gas that will take you 350 fun (did I mention it was fun?) filled miles.. I have only known her for 1000 miles so far, but I can tell you already that if it were possible to marry this car, I would.
Better than $55,000 Mercedes
Until August 2, 2016 I was ready to buy a 2017 Mercedes SLC300 via European delivery. Then I realized that I'd be paying $55K in advance for a car that wouldn't be in my home driveway for 6 months or more. Just to be sure I was making the right choice, i googled "2017 convertibles" and suddenly saw a pic of a car I'd never seen before. Having done a test drive in a Mercedes, I was impressed with the quiet ride at 70mph on a freeway with top down. I was able to converse with the salesman at normal volume. One thing that totally UN-impressed me was that to start the newest Mercedes you MUST put a key in the ignition! Within 48 hours of my Mercedes test drive, I was cruising in a 2017 Fiat 124 Spider which seemed just as quiet on the highway and has push-button start. When I started comparing the overall specs of both cars, the new body styling of the 124 Spider and at HALF the price of the Mercedes, it became a VERY easy decision. As the former owner of 2 Porsche, Lotus Esprit, 3 Mercedes SL convertibles and a Rolls, after a month driving my new 2017 Spider I am VERY happy with my choice! 3 MONTHS LATER ... I now have just over 1,000 miles on my FERRARI 124. FIAT owns Ferrari which gave me an idea. I removed or covered ALL the FIAT emblems and now drive the ONE and ONLY car that passes for a Ferrari (yes people believe the emblems they see) but costs about 1/8 the price! I even got a Nevada vanity license plate that says NICECAR so if I pass you in a flash and you see the tag, good luck catching me! BOTTOM LINE: Not since my Porsche racing days have I had so much fun behind the wheel of ANY car, regardless of the price !!!

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2017 FIAT 124 Spider Overview

FIAT 124 Spider models are available with a 1.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 160 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 FIAT 124 Spider comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual.

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2017 FIAT 124 Spider Gas Mileage

2017 FIAT 124 Spider Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
30 compined MPG,
26 city MPG/35 highway MPG

2017 FIAT 124 Spider Lusso 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
30 compined MPG,
26 city MPG/35 highway MPG

2017 FIAT 124 Spider Classica 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
30 compined MPG,
26 city MPG/35 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG30
Transmission6-speed manual
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement1.4 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase90.9 in.
Length159.6 in.
Width68.5 in.
Height48.5 in.
Curb Weight2436 lbs.