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2012 FIAT 500 Review

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"What the (heck) is that?" the driver of a Prius clearly mouths as his head pivots to follow our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport painted in a sharp metallic "Argento." He looks absolutely befuddled, obviously unable to identify the odd little car that's just puttered by in the Carl's Jr. parking lot.

It's easy to understand his confusion. Brand-new cars come out all the time, but a new car brand is something that happens only once in an azzurra moon. Of course, Fiat is not a new brand, but given that it hasn't sold cars in the U.S. since 1983, it might as well be.

As a four-seat subcompact car inspired by the styling of a 1960s automotive icon of the same name, the 500 (Cinquecento) has been a wildly successful car in Europe. If that sounds like Mini version 2.0, you'd be right, though the tiny 500 is actually smaller than its British rival. If the 500 can spark even a portion of the popular vigor that Mini has enjoyed for nearly a decade, both Fiat and the select Chrysler dealers that will sell the 500 will be positively overjoyed.

Potential buyers of the 2012 Fiat 500 shall also be pleased to know that this little car is more than just an adorable face. It's fun to drive, feels far bigger from behind the wheel than it actually is, and has a much cheaper price than a Mini Cooper.

Unfortunately, the 500 is still an Italian car built by Chrysler in the same Mexico factory that built the K-Car, Neon and PT Cruiser. That doesn't sound like a recipe for bulletproof reliability and no matter how solidly built our 500 Sport test car felt, such dubious origin will hang like a black cloud over its large glass sunroof until reports from early adopters trickle in.

Therefore, you'll have to be a bit brave to be one of those early adopters. You'll also have to be prepared to answer the question, "What the (heck) is that?"

Used 2012 FIAT 500 Overview

The Used 2012 FIAT 500 is offered in the following submodels: 500 Hatchback, 500 Abarth, 500 Convertible. Available styles include Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M), Sport 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M), C Lounge 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M), Lounge 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M), Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), and C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M). Pre-owned FIAT 500 models are available with a 1.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 101 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2012 FIAT 500 comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.

What's a good price on a Used 2012 FIAT 500?

Price comparisons for Used 2012 FIAT 500 trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 Sport is priced between $6,995 and$14,599 with odometer readings between 23254 and97264 miles.
  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 Pop is priced between $6,999 and$13,590 with odometer readings between 49562 and121710 miles.
  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 Lounge is priced between $7,997 and$19,590 with odometer readings between 7106 and90027 miles.
  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 Abarth is priced between $15,590 and$16,990 with odometer readings between 38577 and61361 miles.
  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 C Pop is priced between $11,990 and$13,990 with odometer readings between 55521 and102483 miles.
  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 C Lounge is priced between $13,598 and$16,590 with odometer readings between 27926 and35560 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2012 FIAT 500?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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