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2012 Fiat 500 at a glance

March 24, 2011
  • Starting at $16,000, the Fiat 500 for 2012 is a modern take on the 54-year-old original.
Starting at $16,000, the Fiat 500 for 2012 is a modern take on the 54-year-old… (Don Kelsen, Los Angeles…)

2012 Fiat 500

Base price: $16,000 (including destination charge)

Price as tested: $19,050

Powertrain: 1.4-liter, SOHC, inline four-cylinder, 16 valves per cylinder, liquid cooled, sequential multiport electronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission

Horsepower: 101 at 6,500 rpm

Torque: 98 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm

Curb weight: 2,363 pounds

Wheelbase: 90.6 inches

Overall length: 139.6 inches

0 to 60: 9.7 seconds (according to Motor Trend magazine)

EPA fuel economy: 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway

Final thought: Low-cost, stylish fun

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