Fiat might not be as popular here in the United States as it is in Europe, and its reintroduction to the U.S. market wasn't as successful as the company hoped, but the brand does have a wide range of offerings that do make it somewhat competitive on the U.S. car market these days. Fiat actually got started back in 1899 when it introduced the Fiat 4 HP. Over the years, the company has been the subject of political drama, and it even made military vehicles and machinery during WWII. In 2014, The Fiat Group was taken over by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and has remained under the FCA umbrella ever since. Today, the Fiat brand has a large portfolio of global models, but here in the U.S. it sells just four different variations of the 500 and the Mazda-Miata-based 124 Spider.
What is the Cheapest Fiat?
Fiat’s Cheapest model is the base 500 which, surprisingly, really hasn’t changed much over the years. Sure, it’s been updated as it evolved through different generations, but it’s still the small flamboyant car it’s always been. It starts out at $16,495 and is suitable as a city car or those without big families.
What is the Sportiest Fiat?
Since Fiat produces mainly city cars and small, 500-based SUVs, the only sporty model in its range is the 124 Spider. That model is based on the Mazda Miata and is powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder that delivers 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. If you go for the Abarth model, you’ll get 164 horsepower and sportier design cues. Pricing for the 124 Spider starts out at $24,995.
What is the Most Popular Fiat?
Fiat might be struggling in the United States, but the brand as a whole sells pretty well over in Europe. The most popular model, not surprisingly, is the 500. I know, you were probably expecting to hear me say it’s the 124 Spider, but the truth is that the 124 is a low-volume car, and the 500 is perfect for the parking and traffic congestion nightmare that is driving through almost any European city.
What is the Most Expensive Fiat
Fiat isn’t a high-end automaker, so every one of its models are considered affordable. The most expensive of all, with the exception of Abarth models, is the Fiat 500e – the all-electric 500. It looks nearly identical to the standard, gas-drinking 500, but is powered by a battery and electric motors. With the right setup, the 500e can be charged in just four hours and can go a not-so-impressive 84 miles on a single charge according to the EPA.
What is the Fastest Fiat?
If you want the fastest Fiat, you won’t find one here in the U.S. Instead, you’ll have to fly over to Europe and find yourself a Fiat 695 Biposto. It’s basically a glorified Fiat 500 that has a 1.4-liter that’s been tuned to deliver 190 horsepower. Billed as the “fastest street legal Abarth ever,” the 695 can hit 60 mph in less than six seconds – more than an inch quicker than the best 500 we can get here in the United States.
Are Fiats Reliable
Like a lot of models produced under the FCA umbrella, the Fiat brand could have better ratings. Just back in 2015, the 500L was named as one of the most unreliable vehicles on the road thanks to a faulty infotainment system that only worked when it wanted to. However, according to Repair Pal, the Fiat brand is actually quite reliable overall, with a rating of 4 out of 5, which places it above average in terms of reliability. According to that outlet, the cost of yearly repairs averages $556 while the frequency of unscheduled repairs is 0.2 times per year. Severity of there repairs is quite low with only 15-percent being considered urgent.