1983 is the year Fiat pulled out of the U.S. market, many speculating it would never return. Well Fiat is coming back…in a little way. Next year the much ballyhooed Fiat 500 goes on sale here, and is priced at a wallet-friendly $15,500.
That is the base price of course, and if you’re one of those people who have to tick off every option, well, the price can balloon to over $25,000. If you opt for the base model (called the “500 Pop”), you get a 5-speed manual transmission, 110 horsepower 1.4 liter MultiAir engine, and an impressive list of standard features. Seven airbags, standard, air conditioning, standard, halogen headlamps, standard. Not too shabby.
The 500 Sport model bumps the price up to $17,500 but adds a Bose sound system, 16” aluminum wheels, and a sportier look from the rear spoiler to the fog lights. Finally there is the 500 Lounge, starting at $19,500 and adding a fixed glass roof, Blue & Me hands free communication, and other luxury features.
I like it. My dad even likes it. Head on over to Fiat’s online configuarator and see if you can’t make a 500 you might like too.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness atSublime Burnout.