Feb 28, 2013
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $24,300, 1.4-liter I6, 16-Valve MultiAir Turbo, 5-speed heavy-duty manual transmission. Leather, Beats Audio Package, Comfort/Convenience Group, power sunroof.

Turbocharged 1.4-liter is rorty and responsive. Heavy-duty 5-speed manual has great clutch feel. Handles like the tiny, lightweight, turbocharged car that it is. Sunroof fills it with light. Beats Audio package fills it with sound. Two car seats fit just fine, or better than you might expect anyway (although my two-year-old son was more comfortable than my five-year-old daughter). Safety ratings are good, and the car feels more secure on the road than I expected. (Friends and family commented on the heft of the doors.)


$24,300 is a lot of dollars for not a lot of car. Too fun, difficult to drive conservatively — I came nowhere near 28 mpg. Optional Beats subwoofer takes up valuable trunk space. My wife did not feel as secure in the car as I did.


The novelty of such a brilliantly chuckable puck of a car overpowers all practical complaints. Hauling around my family of four in this modern microcar for a week was an absolute treat. The $19,500 base price for the 500Tseems steep (the basic 500 starts at $16,000), but I’d happily accept this over an Abarth and apply the $2,500 savings toward options like Beats, sunroof and heated seats.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
5.0 rating
EPA Mileage 28/34

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