Top 10 Cars of the 2012 LA Auto Show

Top 10 Cars of the 2012 LA Auto Show
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9. Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio

Taking the brand’s city-friendly 500 Abarth sports car to a different place, Fiat is offering a ragtop version of the car in 2013. Aside from that, the car is almost completely the same.

It keeps the 160-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 155 lb-ft of torque which can be temporarily tweaked to 170 lb-ft in overboost. Just like the coupe version, the car keeps its same upright seating positing, specially appointed interior and more aggressive looks.

Despite that, it really is a very different car because of its retractable cloth roof. Unlike most convertibles, which require either a complete stop or ridiculously low speeds to move the top up and down, this car allows drivers to retract at up to 60 mph and raise the roof at 50.

Fiat managed to sell out of the Abarth in only two months last year, which suggests this second-run of sorts will probably see just as many hand raisers.

  • G978

    It may not be a sports car but it should be the best driving midsize sedan. Great design too and one people can actually buy and use on a daily basis. well done Mazda.

  • Brian

    The 1.8 liter turbo engine from Ford is being recalled for engine fires. Maybe not the car you want to put as #1 on your list, unless its a car that is most likely to kill you list.