• Chic Italian styling
  • Peppy engine, especially on the Abarth variant
  • Maneuverable
  • Bouncy ride on Abarth model
  • Premium fuel recommended
  • So-so fuel economy with automatic
SUM UP A little slice of Italy.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for 500 in 2013

Buyers can now purchase an optional 368-watt “Beats by Dr. Dre” audio system, and two new paint colors are available: luce blu (light blue) and verde azzurro (blue-green). Manual-transmission models get different gear ratios to increase off-the-line acceleration and augment fuel economy between 1 and 2 mpg. Sport and Turbo models add premium leather seating, and the 500 Turbo is all-new for 2013...more

Overview

The Abarth was a late addition to the 2012 Fiat 500 range and this year brings the addition of another new model, the 500 Turbo. The Turbo uses the 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged engine from the Abarth but makes 135 hp to the Abarth’s 160 hp, and it has the underpinnings of the normally aspirated Sport model instead of the Abarth’s uprated suspension, wheels, differential, and transmission. That isn’t to say the existing 500 is slow: the 1.4-liter four-cylinder MultiAir engine—good for 101 hp—only has to move about 2400 pounds, so the 500 has relatively brisk performance. Manual-transmission, non-turbo models get a slightly tweaked transmission for 2013 that allows the hatch to get off the line quicker and finally hit the 40-mpg highway mark. For drivers who don’t want three pedals, the optional six-speed automatic has both manual shift and sport modes. Although the 500 is designed to seat four passengers, rear legroom measures just under 32 inches, which means space is tight. The benefit is that, at 139.6 inches long, the 500 will fit almost anywhere and makes parallel parking a breeze. Inside, you’ll find modern technology with a retro feel. Behind the two-tone dash are the voice-activated, hands-free Blue&Me infotainment system and an optional TomTom portable GPS navigation unit.

Safety

Front, knee, side, and side curtain air bags; stability and traction control; a tire-pressure monitoring system; and ABS are standard. Hill-start assist is standard on all trim levels, and audible rear park assist is optional on the top-of-the-line Lounge model.

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2013 500 Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Vehicle Information Center

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Memory Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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