2017 FIAT 124 Spider Convertible

2017 FIAT 124 Spider
2017 FIAT 124 Spider

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

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


Edmunds' Expert Review

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Fiat's modern presence in the United States is defined by its pint-size 500 coupe and the 500L and 500X small crossovers. But back in the 1960s, another car defined the Italian automaker's reputation in America. With a body shaped by the legendary Pininfarina design house, the 124 Spider roadster became the best-selling Fiat in the U.S. by the time the company exited the market in 1983. Now, the vehicle that made Fiat famous is back, and this time the seductive Italian sheet metal conceals a very familiar face indeed.

The newest iteration of Mazda's iconic Miata provides the underpinnings of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, but this is more than just a Miata wrapped in a modern interpretation of Pininfarina's original design. Fiat has replaced the Miata's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque) with its own turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder mill found in the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X and 500 Abarth. In the 124 Spider, it makes 160 hp and 184 lb-ft in the Classica and Lusso trims, while a less restrictive exhaust on the Abarth version bumps it to 164 hp.

The new Fiat 124 is based on the Mazda Miata, but revised styling and unique headlights and taillights give it a distinctive look.

The body is slightly bigger, with an extra 3 inches in front to accommodate the engine and two inches in the rear for proportionality, which also slightly increases the size of the trunk (4.9 cubic feet versus the Miata's 4.6 cubic feet of space). The 124's wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) is unchanged, so the cabin is the same size and looks nearly identical, save for a few key differences. The body-colored plastic that adorns the top of the Miata's doors has been replaced by soft-touch plastic. Extended use of sound-deadening material makes the 124 Spider noticeably quieter, especially at highway speeds. Both fabric and leather upholsteries feel a bit more upscale in terms of quality than those found in the Miata. The suspension is a completely different tune, one that makes the 124 feel more comfortable and relaxed on pocketed roads.

Sounds good, right? It is. It might be worth your while to still check out the Mini Cooper convertible, though. It's still fun to drive, is more comfortable and can be personalized to a much higher degree. It also has a backseat, albeit a very small one. And if you're willing to spend a bit more, you could get the Nissan 370Z roadster with its 332-hp V6. Even among these competitors, though, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider stands apart. If you're looking for an affordable roadster that expertly combines luxury and thrills, this newly reborn Fiat is certainly worth strong consideration.

Standard safety features on the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider include antilock disc brakes, side airbags and stability and traction control. A rearview camera is available on all trims, while a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors can be ordered on the Lusso and Abarth via the Safety and Comfort package.

Trim levels & features

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is a two-seat roadster offered in three trim levels: Classica, Lusso and Abarth. There is also a Prima Edizione version based on the Lusso trim. It is limited to 124 units.

Standard features on the base Classica include 16-inch alloy wheels, a manually retractable black soft top with a glass rear window, LED taillights, air-conditioning, push-button ignition, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power accessories, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port, an auxiliary input and a 3-inch display screen.

The Classica is available with a Technology package (Fiat calls their options packages "Collections") that adds keyless push-button entry, a rearview camera, an additional USB port, HD radio and a 7-inch touchscreen.

The touchscreen comes standard on the Lusso and Abarth.

Stepping up to the Lusso adds 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, bright exhaust tips, automatic wipers, automatic climate control, heated seats, leather upholstery and the contents of the Technology package.

The Abarth includes all of the above, plus different exterior and interior trim, quad exhaust tips, a limited-slip rear differential, a sport-tuned suspension, adjustable driving modes and microfiber inserts for the seats. Stand-alone options include full leather or leather/simulated suede upholstery and Brembo performance brakes.

There are two packages for the Lusso and Abarth. The Safety and Comfort package includes auto-dimming mirrors, heated exterior mirrors, a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. To this, the feature-heavy Premium (Lusso) and Luxury (Abarth) packages add adaptive LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, navigation, a nine-speaker Bose audio system and satellite radio.

The limited-edition Prima Edizione is based on the Lusso and adds special blue "Azzurro Italia" paint, a two-tone interior and a numbered production plaque.

Additional parts and accessories, including visual and performance upgrades, are available through Mopar.

The rear-wheel-drive 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It is rated at 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque on the Classica and Lusso, while the Abarth sees a slight power bump with 164 hp. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic (with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the Abarth) is optional on all trims.

EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 30 mpg combined (26 city/35 highway) with the manual transmission, while the automatic-equipped Spider earns 29 mpg combined (25 city/36 highway).

Driving

Although its horsepower and torque ratings are higher than the Miata's, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is heavier and therefore feels pretty similar in real-world driving. It's still a light car by any other measure, though, and it feels plenty quick and even a bit punchier at highway speeds than the Miata.

The manual transmission is excellent in everyday use, and the pedals are set up for effortless heel-and-toe shifting. The automatic transmission, however, isn't very responsive to your gas pedal inputs, so getting a downshift requires a fairly heavy foot on the pedal. The Abarth's exclusive "Sport" driving mode should sharpen the responses of the automatic. Enthusiasts should consider that version strongly, as it also adds suspension upgrades and a quad-tip exhaust that gives the engine a bit more character than the barely perceptible note with the standard exhaust.

You can have a lot of fun driving the Fiat 124, even at modest speeds.

Driving the Spider is a cinch. The precise steering and rear-drive layout give you plenty of confidence when entering a corner at high speeds. The compliant suspension dampens road imperfections and harsh impacts, making it suitable for extended highway stints. Also adding to its long-distance ability is the 124's increased amount of sound-dampening material compared to the Miata that makes the cabin noticeably quieter at highway speeds.

Interior

The Fiat 124 Spider's cabin is simply designed, but it never feels cheap. Soft-touch plastics cover the majority of the interior and feel good to the touch, especially when compared to the hard, body-colored plastic panels that adorn the perimeter of the Miata. The air-conditioning dials are simple and easy to use, as is the Mazda-sourced touchscreen that is the centerpiece for the dashboard. The interface's menus are intuitive and require little attention from the driver to operate successfully. Note that touchscreen functionality is locked while the vehicle is in motion. It is otherwise controlled by a knob located just below the shifter, which can get in the way if you are shifting your own gears.

We like the way Fiat has outfitted the 124's interior. The design is simple and trimmed in pleasing materials.

Given the Spider's compact footprint, it should come as no surprise that the cabin is fairly snug. As low-to-the-ground sports cars go, getting in and out isn't very difficult thanks to the narrow sills and shallow seat bolsters, but head- and legroom will be an issue for anyone over the 6-foot mark. Driver and passenger are likely to bump elbows, and the cabin feels especially cramped if the removable cupholders are secured in their slots at the rear of the center console. The seats themselves are very comfortable, and all seating materials feel high-quality.

The manual convertible top is so easy to use, you'll wonder why other two-seat roadsters use heavy power-operated ones. Simply unlatch the locking mechanism and throw the top over your shoulder. Practiced operators will be able to do it in just a few seconds without leaving the driver seat. Raising it is just as painless. Although the trunk is slightly larger than the Miata's, it measures at just 4.9 cubic feet, small even by roadster standards.


Consumer reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

After twelve months, we still love this car
drbjaz,08/08/2016
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.
Better than $55,000 Mercedes
Glenn Welt,09/05/2016
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 !!!
This much fun has got to be illegal
Stelvio,11/30/2016
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.
Lusted for this Car at It's Inception !!!
VegasDude62,10/27/2016
MANY Cars in my life.. But THIS CAR.. Is my Sweetest One Yet !!.... Many Loud Fast V8 Sticks... At 54, they've started to get on my nerves.. Selling my Mustang GT now since I bought this Car... Old Roommate in the 80's had a 124 Spider that I borrowed ALL THE TIME, Cuz I LOVED IT !!... When they announced the Partnership of Fiat / Mazda actually producing a NEW 124.. I Immediately Thought ... "THAT'S MY NEXT CAR !!!! .... Italian Looks / Japanese Build Quality, TURBO !!, Best of Both Worlds... NO REGRETS !!!.... I had to wait 2 months for the Dealer to find my car, since ALL of the Lusso's had Auto's.. In a Roadster??... NO WAY.... Mine is a Lusso, Meteor Gray / Black, Every Factory Option, with a 6 speed Stick... The BOSE Stereo System blows me away ... Almost 900 Miles now.. and STILL... THEE BEST Most FUNNEST Car I've EVER OWNED !!!! EVER !!!... I'd actually Laugh in your face if you wanted to trade me your new Corvette Z06... =)
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$28,195
MPG
26 city / 35 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed manual
Gas
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
MSRP
$27,495
MPG
26 city / 35 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed manual
Gas
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
MSRP
$24,995
MPG
26 city / 35 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed manual
Gas
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
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More about the 2017 FIAT 124 Spider

In 1983, the Fiat 124 Spider roadster was the best-selling Fiat in the United States. Three decades later, the 124 Spider is back, now based on the current Mazda Miata.

The all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive roadster powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It's offered in three trim levels: Classica, Lusso and Abarth. There is also a limited-edition Prima Edizione version, based on the Lusso trim. The Classica and Lusso deliver 160 horsepower, while the Abarth gets an additional 4 hp with help from a less restrictive exhaust. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all trim levels, with a six-speed automatic as an option. If you choose the automatic transmission and want shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel, you'll have to opt for the Abarth trim level.

The interior of the 124 Spider is simple but rich. The cabin is designed with soft-touch plastics, and fabric and leather upholsteries feel more upscale than their counterparts in the Miata. The Mazda-sourced touchscreen is front and center on the dashboard, with intuitive menus that are easy to maneuver.

As you might expect, the 124 Spider's cabin is snug. While entering and exiting the roadster is fairly easy, thanks to narrow seat bolsters, headroom and legroom leave something to be desired for anyone over 6 feet tall. The driver may bump elbows with their passenger if they're not careful. The trunk, measuring in at 4.9 cubic feet, is also small — even for a roadster.

Once on the road, there isn't much about the 124 Spider that will disappoint. The suspension makes rough roads a pleasure to drive on and the extra sound-damping material creates a quiet drive, even at highway speeds. The manual transmission is perfect for everyday driving and open-road antics alike. The automatic transmission, however, isn't as reactive and requires a hefty foot to the floor to generate a downshift. The Spider's convertible soft top is manual, unlike most two-seat roadsters, but is surprisingly simple to operate.

Fuel economy for the manual transmission 124 Spider comes in at 30 mpg combined (26 city/35 highway), while the automatic transmission stands at 29 mpg combined (25 city/36 highway).

If you're in the market for an adventurous roadster with stylish details, the 124 Spider is an affordable option worth your attention. Edmunds can help you find the best 2017 Fiat 124 Spider for you.

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