2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Parking Prowess
September 19, 2011
Less really is more when it comes to parking, as the Fiat proved on a couple of occasions this weekend. The first challenge was the minuscule parking lot of a new Fresh and Easy market that just opened in my neighborhood. The back part of the lot is set up for one-way traffic and the exit lane was partly occupied by a radio station's promotional schoolbus that was on hand for a grand-opening party. The Fiat had no problem maneuvering or fitting into a space with room to spare on both sides. I like that extra margin. It means fewer door-ding opportunities.
The second challenge came Sunday on Long Beach's Retro Row, where street parking is always in short supply. You'll have to trust me when I say that the spot we found in front of this kids' clothing store was really small: The SUV that had been in front of us and the car behind were gone by the time we came back and took this shot. It was a shame to have to leave -- the Fiat seemed right at home here.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @8,015 miles