2012 Fiat 500: Reasonably Authoritative Horn
June 22, 2011
I was waiting to make a left turn at an intersection with a left-turn light. The light turned green. There was one car in front of me, and the guy behind the wheel was looking down and didn't notice that the light had changed. No biggie -- it happens, and I'm probably more patient than most.
But after a moment or so, it seemed like he could use a gentle reminder to get a move on. So I lightly tapped on the Fiat 500's horn.
It was my first time using the horn. The 500 is such a cutesie car I kinda figured its horn would sound cutesie as well. A high-pitched little chirp. A reedy, cheerful toot. A playful, lighthearted beep.
But the horn sounds more dignified and authoritative than I'd expected. There's enough low end there to give it some meat.
Now, I'm not saying it sounds like it belongs in a truck or anything, but it's full-bodied enough to communicate your intentions with a certain amount of urgency.
And that's a good thing, when you want someone to look up and get moving at a green light.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 3,930 miles