2012 Fiat 500 Cabriolet Priced Under $20,000

April 26, 2011

Fiat's put a price on its retracting-roof 500 hatchback.

The subcompact 500c goes on sale late this spring in two flavors, 500c Pop and 500c Lounge, wearing some minor differentiation in the badging, wheels and details to distinguish it from the hardtop. Then there's the fabric roof panel, which powers back to stack over the rear end at speeds of up to 60 mph. (It can be raised into place as long as you're going less than 50 mph, too.)

Minus the Sport edition offered in the hatchback, the 500c starts from a base price of $19,500, not including destination charges. That's for the Pop edition, which comes with the power top; a manual gearbox; 15-inch wheels; Bluetooth; a USB port; and power windows, locks and mirrors.

The more upscale 500c Lounge starts at $23,500 and adds on an automatic transmission; satellite radio; automatic climate control; and a Bose audio system.

Both versions come with seven standard airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control. A navigation system is an option--and so is the automatic transmission, on Pop models.

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