Much like Country Vanilla ice cream, The excitement has faded when you mention a Mini.
Now while there’s nothing wrong with being called vanilla it can leave you wanting more. Something more exciting; like finding an iPhone proto-type in a bar or a date with a hot Italian Super model. This is where FIAT comes into play with its many flavors melting away your cravings.
The 500 is no run of the mill country vanilla it hugs corners and loves to rev its RPMS. The 500 has a more compliant ride than a Mini; it absorbs road imperfections without isolating the steering feel. Speaking of steering the 500 is eager and controlled like in higher end cars. Which makes perfect for last minute maneuver’s and avoiding unwanted objects like your ex. If more fun is desired engage sport mode, and your steering will stiffen up and your transmission will run through the gears quicker in the automatic. In the manual versions it revs higher for a more race like feel. The car gives you the impression it believes it’s more than it is, and that’s totally fine. Did anyone ever tell Herbie he was just a ‘63 VW Beetle? No and look how well that worked out.
While this car’s set up is a blast to drive it also as an ecofriendly side as well. The 2013 500 gets a EPA 31 city / 40 hwy hitting that magic 40mpg number. You can even plug in a USB drive located in your glove box and download eco drive on to your car and your cars computer will save your driving results for you to compare online with others and give you tips on how to driver more ec0-friendly. When it comes to cargo space the 500 has slightly more with the rear seats in the upright position than a Smart or Mini.
Should you should need it the 500 also has 35 standard safety and security features some of which are ABS, ESC, EBD (electronic brake distribution), 7 standard air bags including a knee air bag, and it is an IIHS Top safety pick. A feature you’ll love to use is BLUE & ME system allowing you to play music, call friends, hear texts read aloud. You can also upgrade to a Beats or Bose audio system. All models come with a USB port and AUX (and yes it charges your iPhone. Say goodbye to bulky chargers!)
Add Sat/Nav, Glass Roof, Leather heated seats, Reverse Sensor, MOPAR performance parts to add spice and you won’t even brake 30k. Drop your top!!! The 500C is the open air version that slides the soft top to the back of the car providing and excellent outdoor experience without all the wind noise. New Flavors Coming Soon! Try the 500L 4dr (think VW Golf Lifted), 500X AWD crossover for those who want to go more places, and the 500E an all electric 90mile range of gasless fun. “Some say it’s an asphalt vampire and eats SUV’s for breakfast; but all we know is, it’s called the ABARTH”. It is the 160hp turbo charged sport tuned version of the 500. It will do 0-60 in 6.9 seconds. It has stiffer springs and suspension, sport bucket seats, and shift gauges that tell you when to shift for optimum fun.