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MPG: 31 city/40 hwy

2013 Fiat 500 Sport

2013 Fiat 500 Review

(0 Stars)  A little slice of Italy.

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New For 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.
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.

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2013 500 Sport Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.4L MultiAir in-line 4 OHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 31 MPG city, 40 MPG highway, 34 MPG combined and 357 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
10.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 101 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 98 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

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'13 Fiat Sport Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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