Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Fiat 500

Fiat 500 2012

The 2012 Fiat 500 has reentered into the U.S. market after being absent for the past 27 years. The Fiat 500 is sportier than the Mini Cooper, yet a step above the Toyota Yaris. When compared to the Cooper, the Fiat 500 is four inches taller which will increase your visibility and interior legroom. This Italian vehicle offers a comfortable ride overall and starts out at a decent price when compared to its competitors.

Key Features

The Fiat 500 has front-wheel drive with a 1.4 liter four cylinder engine. It has 101 hp at 6,500 rpm while offering 98 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. It gets great fuel economy with the manual transmission getting 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The automatic transmission offers 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Standard features include Bluetooth, USB port, 15-inch covered steel wheels, and a six speaker audio system.

What We Like

The convenient convertible top is capable of operating at speeds up to 60 mph. Therefore, if you are going down the road and want to put the top down, it is completely safe to do so. A USB port is available for a memory stick which will hold details of your trip, which include carbon dioxide emissions. Put the memory stick into your computer and you will receive tips on how to improve your efficiency over the long term.

What Concerns Us

The style of the Fiat 500 take a little getting used to. If you do not like it, the Mazda2, Ford Fiesta, and Honda Fit may be better options which offer a little more car, power, and room for your money.

Available Models

The Fiat 500 has a turbocharged options with a 1.4 liter four cylinder engine offering 160 hp at 5,500 rpm. The fuel economy on this vehicle is 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

Major Recalls

The Fiat 500 was recalled in 2011 due to some of the cars being assembled with contaminated brake fluid. This may cause a loss of braking ability which can result in a crash.

Common Issues

Common consumer complaints include the clock not keeping accurate time, key stuck in the ignition, phone system not working, odometer blinking, downshifting hard at slow speeds, pressure plate failure, not going into gear, electrical shortage, vehicle not starting, ball joint wear, bad pressure plate, and the engine stopping.

Fiat 500 2012 Interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...
How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...


Related questions

Q: Replace wheel bearins for $500 or buy new car?

Hello. In my opinion, I do not think that a bearing failure would constitute replacing a vehicle. Bearings are a common wear item that needs to be replaced every now and then. If the vehicle is still in good shape,...

Q: How do I shuffle an MP3 or WMA disc?

Shuffle mode plays all of the available tracks at random. There are two different ways that you can shuffle an MP3 or WMA disc: You can shuffle all of the songs on the disc. To do so, either press...

Q: P0111 engine code

On most Fiats, there is a mass air flow sensor at the air box, and if you look at the air box, it may have a separate hose coming off of it going into the air intake system and in...