The 2014 Fiat 500L is a good alternative for families who don't want to sacrifice looks for utility. While it has a few idiosyncrasies, the 500L offers head-turning design, solid driving dynamics and class-leading cargo space. Laura Burstein filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after her test drive of the Fiat 500L in Baltimore, Maryland.
Model Line Overview
Fiat 500L Pop ($19,100); Easy ($20,195); Trekking ($21,195); Lounge ($24,195)
160-hp turbocharged inline-4
6-speed manual, 6-speed twin clutch
Safety equipment (standard):
multistage front airbags, front seat- mounted side airbags, side-curtain front airbags, driver's knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, electronic stability control, hill start assist
Safety equipment (optional):
rear park assist, rearview camera
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Fiat 500L Easy ($20,195)
fabric upholstery, manually operated air conditioning, manually adjustable seats with driver and passenger height adjustment, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, power windows, remote keyless entry, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker audio system with USB port and auxiliary audio jack, heated power outside mirrors and 16-inch steel wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
6-speed twin-clutch transmission ($1,350); Preferred Package 22D ($700): dual-zone automatic climate control, power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 115-volt power adapter, rear seat armrest with cup holder; Easy Premier Package plus Beats Audio ($700): Premium 6-speaker audio system with subwoofer, SiriusXM satellite radio with 1-year subscription; power sunroof ($950), heated front seats ($350), black painted roof ($500)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
1.4-liter turbocharged I4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
160 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
184 @ 2500-4000
6-speed twin clutch
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
21.3 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson strut, coil springs, twin-tube struts, stabilizer bar
twist-beam axle, coil springs, twin-tube shock absorbers
cast iron single-piston disc/aluminum single-piston disc with ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of June 01, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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