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2014 FIAT 500L vs. Its Competition

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High-roofed hatchbacks make perfect sense in the city, but it wasn't until the latest batch of imports that American drivers really took to the idea.

The Honda Fit is eminently sensible: as a Civic Wagon replacement, it works well, with lots of cargo room, "magic" rear seats, and good fuel economy.

We're also in the Kia Soul camp: its slightly campy looks map out great interior space, and the concept only gets refined as the Soul gets updated for 2014.

The Scion xB and Nissan Cube are less successful: the xB grew in its second generation, and it's now more like an ersatz Chrysler PT Cruiser than the JDM hottie adored by its fans at launch, while the Nissan Cube goes long on funky, and shorter on practicality--though nowhere else will you find a dash-mounted shag rug.

Finally, the 500L reminds us all, a lot, of the MINI Countryman, which can be much more expensive, with a stiffer ride, but substantially crisper steering and quicker acceleration, if it's ordered in turbocharged S form.

2014 Fiat 500L2014 FIAT 500L2014 Kia Soul  -  First Drive, August 20132014 Kia Soul2014 Nissan Cube2014 Nissan Cube2014 MINI Cooper Countryman2014 MINI Cooper Countryman2014 Scion xB2014 Scion xB2013 Honda Fit2013 Honda Fit
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Tall wagons aren't a thing here, yet, but the 2014 Fiat 500L gives us one more reason to ask, why not?
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The 2014 Kia Soul doesn’t stray from its iconic profile, but it dons more sophistication inside and underneath—with fewer compromises and all in the name of city-friendly, tall-wagon goodness.
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The 2014 Nissan Cube is a boxy fashion statement that puts an emphasis on style, but at the expense of some practicality.
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The 2014 MINI Countryman puts the brand's fun-to-drive spirit into the body of a versatile compact crossover.
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The 2014 Scion xB might not be as trendy -- or sensible -- as it tries to be, but it fits a lot of cabin space into a compact footprint.
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If you're not turned off by the utilitarian look of the 2013 Honda Fit, you'll like what you get, which is awesome practicality and space-efficiency, plus some driving verve.
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Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Small Station WagonSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonCompact CarsSmall Station WagonSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
5-Door HB Pop5-Door Wagon Manual Base5-Door Wagon Manual SFWD 4-Door5-Door Wagon Manual (SE)5-Door HB Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
HatchbackHatchbackWagonSport UtilityWagonHatchback
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