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2016 Fiat 500 Overview

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The 2016 Fiat 500 is a stylish small car that has thrilled its users for more than 50 years. Offering up to 40 mpg on the highway and also available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2016 Fiat 500 is the car to get if you’re looking for a fashionable vehicle that’s both fun to drive and fuel efficient.

The 2016 Fiat 500 comes available in six trim levels: Pop, Easy, Sport, Lounge, Turbo, and 1957 Edition.


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The 2016 Fiat 500 Turbo features a 135 horsepower engine

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What’s New for the 2016 Fiat 500?

For the 2016 model year, the Fiat 500 has added a new Easy trim level, which comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, premium cloth upholstery, and the Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system. Furthermore, the Fiat 500 now offers both pastel Corallo Red and Burgundy Aida metal finish as exterior color options.

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The 2016 Fiat 500 1957 edition features a 1.4-liter I-4 MultiAir 16-valve engine

2016 Fiat 500 1957 Edition

2016 Fiat 500 Exterior

The 2016 Fiat 500 offers the distinctive Italian styling that has made the hatchback an automotive icon for nearly 60 years. Daytime running lights, 15-inch wheels, and heated mirrors are standard features of the Fiat 500. Exterior color options for the new Fiat 500 include Rosso, Spitfire Orange, Verde Chiaro, Laser Blu, Giallo Moderna Perla, Celeste Blu, Bianco, Granito Lucente, and Rhino Clear Coat.

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Exterior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 Pop

  • 15-inch wheels, Gloss Black finish exterior door appliques, Bi-function halogen projector lamps, High beam Daytime Running Lights, Body-color power heated mirrors, Exterior spotter mirrors, Rear window defroster, Rear wiper, Removable short mast antenna, Belt moldings

Exterior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 Easy

  • Adds to or replaces features on 500 Pop: 15-inch alloy wheels, Foglamps

Exterior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 Sport

  • Adds to or replaces features on 500 Pop: 16-inch aluminum wheels, Fog lamps, Sport spoiler, Red brake calipers, Sport-tuned suspension

Exterior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 Lounge

  • Adds to or replaces features on 500 Pop: 15-inch aluminum wheels, Fixed glass roof, Fog lamps, Chrome power heated mirrors, Body side molding with 500 logo, Bright belt moldings

Exterior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 Turbo

  • Adds to or replaces features on 500 Pop: Anti-lock performance disc brakes, Red brake calipers, Sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch aluminum wheels, Matt-finish door appliques, Black-trimmed lights, Fog lamps, Body-color fascias, Side sills ground effects, Sport spoiler

Exterior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 1957 Edition

  • Adds to or replaces features on 500 Pop: Colored 16-inch aluminum wheels, Fixed glass roof, Fog lamps, Chrome power heated mirrors, Body side molding with 500 logo, Bright belt moldings, Retro fascia with Bright inserts, Retro Fiat badging

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The 2016 Fiat 500 features a starting MSRP of $16,865

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2016 Fiat 500 Performance

The standard engine for the 2016 Fiat 500 is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder, which produces 101 horsepower and 98 lb-ft of torque. If you’re in need of more power, the Turbo model features a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine good for 135 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Buyers have the choice on each Fiat 500 model of either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

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The 2016 Fiat comes with a new Easy trim level

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2016 Fiat 500 Efficiency

Fuel efficiency for the 2016 Fiat 500 depends on the buyer’s choice of engine and transmission:

  • With the standard 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, the 2016 Fiat 500 yields an EPA-estimated 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
  • With the standard 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the 2016 Fiat 500 yields an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
  • With the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, the 2016 Fiat 500 yields an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
  • With the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the 2016 Fiat 500 yields an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

The 2016 Fiat 500 comes standard with a 10.5 gallon fuel tank.

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The 2016 Fiat 500 features a USB port in glove box

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2016 Fiat 500 Interior

Besides being quite stylish, the interior of the 2016 Fiat 500 also is more spacious than many people give it credit for with 40.7 inches of front leg room. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth upholstery, and a six-speaker sound system all come standard inside the Fiat 500. The 2016 model also offers the Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system, which enables hands free calling via Bluetooth-equipped phones and the AM/FM radio can be controlled through voice commands. In addition, the new Fiat 500 offers 30.2 cubic feet of maximum storage capacity.

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Interior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 Pop

  • Cloth bucket seats, Driver seat memory, Passenger seat memory, Rear 50/50 split fold-down seat, Leather-wrapped steering with audio controls, Chrome door handles, Six speakers, AM/FM. Blue&ME Handsfree and Streaming, Media hub in center console, USB port in glove box

Interior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 Easy

  • Adds to or replaces features on 500 Pop: Premium cloth upholstery, 7-inch color driver information display, Upgraded six-speaker Alpine audio system, Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system, Bluetooth

Interior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 Sport

  • Adds to or replaces features on 500 Pop: Sport cloth bucket seats, Chrome shift knob, Sport steering wheel, Premium 7-inch cluster display, Fiat Premium Audio system, Security alarm

Interior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 Lounge

  • Adds to or replaces features on 500 Pop: Premium cloth bucket seats, Automatic temperature control, Chrome shift knob, Premium 7-inch cluster display, 1-Year SiriusXM radio service, Fiat Premium Audio system, Security alarm

Interior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 Turbo

  • Adds to or replaces features on 500 Pop: Sport cloth bucket seats, Leather-wrapped shift knob and steering, Silver accent stitching, Premium 7-inch cluster display

Interior available on the 2016 Fiat 500 1957 Edition

  • Adds to or replaces features on 500 Pop: Retro Marrone Brown leather seats, Automatic temperature control, Chrome shift knob, Marrone leather trim, Red Ivory door trim panel, Security alarm, Premium 7-inch cluster display, 1-Year SiriusXM radio service, Fiat Premium Audio system

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There are five different trim levels available for the 2016 Fiat 500

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2016 Fiat 500 Safety

The 2016 Fiat 500 earned a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Specifically, the Fiat 500 earned five stars for total side impact protection, but the vehicle only received four stars for total frontal impact protection. In testing performed by Edmunds, a Fiat 500 Sport was able to come to a complete stop from 60 mph in only 115 feet.

Standard Safety Features

  • Advanced multistage airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Seat belt alert
  • Hill Start Assist
  • LATCH-ready child safety system
  • Speed Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring

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    Lisa Copeland is a contributor to The News Wheel and the founder of Crushing Mediocrity. Lisa Copeland is a leader in the automotive industry, distinguished by Automotive News in 2015 as one of the Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. Lisa was the Managing Partner of FIAT/Alfa Romeo of Austin when it was named a Best Dealership to Work For thanks to her innovative leadership strategies. She now works as Head of Automotive Retail Strategies at The Culture Works and speaks nationwide on building culture in the workplace.