2012 Fiat 500 Misses The 40 MPG Mark

2012 Fiat 500 Misses The 40 MPG Mark

The Fiat 500 just missed the now coveted 40 mpg mark, returning 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg highway with the 5-speed manual, while automatic versions will net 27 mpg in town and 34 mpg while cruising. While the numbers are nothing to frown about, expectations were higher considering the car’s 1.4L four-cylinder engine and compact packaging.

The Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus will all offer 40 mpg capability with more practicality, but we doubt they’ll be as fun to drive. With that said, the $15,995 price point is fairly close to the three compacts, and we expect the lines to be drawn according to those who desire an all-purpose, efficient car versus something stylish and sporty.

Check out Autoguide’s review of the 2012 Fiat 500 here

  • Arex

    A Fiat with out a gearbox is NOT A FIAT, Offer free lessons to learn to drive a stick or just put a Toyota label on it

  • Jonathan

    Damit, if they sold the diesel version in north america I’d buy one in a flash. Only 30 mpg combined? Yawn….the diesel gets double that.

  • angelo

    I do not know how everybody drive in this country, but i get 40/50 mpg.
    Once i got 58.9 to go to the Cape (100 mile) keeping the speed limit.
    Once i drove like a Napolitan in the Spanish Quarter and i got 33 mpg, which i think is unbeliveble, my question is how they where driving when they tested