• fb_100001352092743 avatar Charles Posted: 9/8/2013 4:08pm PDT

    My manual Abarth is just AWESOME.I love this car,I drive it more than my Maserati Grand Sport or my Range Rover Sport.I average 80 MPH and still get 25 MPG.Just awesome.

  • sharie415 avatar sharie415 Posted: 7/2/2013 10:22pm PDT

    Lady here. I own a Fiat 500 (base model) with a manual transmission...not only is it cheaper, but you typically get better mileage and have more control over a car with manual transmissions. I would suggest anyone shy of learning how to drive manual to try out the Fiat! I had learned on a big clunky car (hills were a nightmare) and it's night and day...not to mention that the Fiat has a hill feature that keeps you from rolling back for 3 seconds. It drives very smooth and I love it!

  • Annatar avatar Annatar Posted: 6/21/2013 7:45am PDT

    "Men: we'd be interested to hear about which, if any of the Fiat models appeal to you. Share your thoughts in the comments below."

    Abarth. And although I think it is remarkable that FIAT managed to squeeze 160 horsepower out of such a small engine, I am not buying an Abarth until it comes in the high performance clean diesel version. And with a manual transmission, of course.

  • fb_100001352092743 avatar Charles Posted: 4/29/2013 5:24pm PDT

    I have the 500Abarth,and this car is awesome.This car want to run at Audis,BMW,M -Benz,my care hates Audis especially,may be it has to do with the fact that Audi want to but Alfa Romeo it's cousin.I have 2 upgrades so far,and it makes a big difference to the original car,now I am adding a larger inter cooler and turbo to pis on those stupid Audis.

  • fb_1436470951 avatar Tricia Posted: 4/14/2013 5:10pm PDT

    I would have already bought the abarth but i dont want a stick plus i would share it with my daughter. Kids today have enough distractions that sdding a stick to her driving is just to much.

  • fb_1206866152 avatar fb_1206866152 Posted: 4/12/2013 3:34pm PDT

    I love the Abarth but my wife does not want a stick. A great compromise would be getting her a auto Abarth and then I can steal it from her all the time. I would take this car over a Mini Cooper Auto.

  • fb_1383452356 avatar Anthony Posted: 4/12/2013 3:13pm PDT

    I honestly don't understand why anyone would ever consider a Fiat 500 over, say, a Ford Fiesta, or even a Hyundai Accent.

  • Annatar avatar Annatar Posted: 6/21/2013 7:50am PDT

    Because the FIAT is a modern 21st century technology, and has an advanced power train, that is why.

  • fb_100003553085188 avatar fb_100003553085188 Posted: 4/12/2013 3:22am PDT

    The association of women and automatic transmission is a little disturbing to me. Makes women seem less capable of performing simple arm leg coordination tasks and also not up to enjoying driving cars. If true, it would be pathetic.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 4/12/2013 4:17am PDT

    Unfortunately, that's how automatics were originally pitched -- as simpler options "for the little wifey". Remember that talking Barbie doll in the early 1990s that said stuff like "Math is hard?" The stereotypes endure, and to a degree, they've become ingrained.

  • Mary9 avatar Mary9 Posted: 4/11/2013 9:10pm PDT

    The only automatic I have ever been comfortable with was a Ferrari--and that's a bit out of my price range! (And I can't afford the requisite oil refinery and airport runway so as to fully enjoy it!)

  • RCS 1430 avatar RCS 1430 Posted: 4/11/2013 11:53am PDT

    My wife has never driven anything but a stick shift. And never will. We're currently shopping to replace her 328i and the pickin's get fewer every year. Sad.

  • fb_100000012264480 avatar Norman Posted: 4/11/2013 11:27am PDT

    I would be mostly interested in the Abarth, especially a black one like Charlie Sheen endorses. It has more get up and go and has better handling due to a stiffer suspension; not as sporting as one would find on the mini, but better than the base suspension. I like the 500L; more utility, but unmistakably a Fiat.

  • FlowRW avatar FlowRW Posted: 4/11/2013 11:00am PDT

    The automatic won't be just for women. How about for men too, possibly those with left leg issues that prevent them from clutching. Now I can consider the Abarth!

  • Annatar avatar Annatar Posted: 6/21/2013 7:48am PDT

    If you are a disabled person and pressing the clutch pedal is difficult or impossible for you, it would not be practical to have such a small car, as getting in and out would pose a challenge, in which case I argue you need a bigger vehicle.

    So, automatic in a FIAT 500 makes no sense whichever way one slices and dices it.