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Selected Style 2-Door HB Pop
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Pop 30 38 $14,990 $15,500
2-Door HB Sport 30 38 $16,850 $17,500
2-Door HB Lounge 30 38 $17,780 $18,500
2-Door Convertible Pop N/A N/A $18,775 $19,500
2-Door Convertible Lounge N/A N/A $21,565 $22,500
2-Door HB Gucci 27 34 $18,710 $19,500
2-Door Convertible Gucci 27 32 $22,495 $23,500
2-Door HB Abarth 28 34 $21,035 $22,000
4-Door Sedan S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 28 38 $12,788 $13,200
4-Door Sedan SE 28 38 $14,170 $14,670
4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $15,984 $16,600
5-Door HB SE 28 38 $15,110 $15,670
5-Door HB SES 28 38 $16,830 $17,500
5-Door HB S 28 38 $13,634 $14,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,990
$12,788
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,500
$13,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$258 / month
$220 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Fiat 500 pays big dividends for going small--in expressive styling and even in driving verve. You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 30 mpg 28 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 38 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Minicompact Car Subcompact
Number of Passenger Doors 2 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 35.6 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 46.4 49.0
Front Leg Room (in) 40.7 42.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 75.6 85.1
Front Hip Room (in) 47.9 50.6
Second Leg Room (in) 31.7 31.2
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 39.1
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Hip Room (in) 42.6 49.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 49.4 52.7
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in) 139.6 173.6
Height, Overall (in) 59.8 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 55.0 57.7
Wheelbase (in) 90.6 98.0
Liftover Height (in) 27.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 64.1 67.8
Track Width, Front (in) 55.4 57.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.1 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 9.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 30.1 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 9.4 x 0.4 NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 7.9 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.1 x 0.9 10.2 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 10.5 12.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 30.6 34.4
Steering Type Electric Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.3 14.3
Tires
Front Tire Size 185/55R15 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code T1A NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 185/55R15 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code T1A NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2363 2578
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 4.6 4.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 500 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 105 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 1.4L/83 1.6L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 101 @ 6500 120 @ 6350
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 98 @ 4000 112 @ 5000
Engine Order Code EAB 99J
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 30 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 33 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 38
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.76 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.81 3.61
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.15 2.04
Trans Order Code DDF NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.73 4.07
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front-wheel drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.95
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.90 3.85
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.34 1.28
Trans Type 5 5
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name FIAT 500 Ford Fiesta
Body Style Hatchback Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear Twist Beam Axle Twist Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7 (2011)
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.7 5.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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