2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio, SoHo district, New York City
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Fiat 500C Cabrio
EPA fuel economy: 30 mpg city, 38 highway (33 Combined)
The 2012 Fiat 500 is really, really cute—especially as a convertible. And it has some of the best design details of of the urban compacts plus a classy, somewhat retro interior. Yet it might not be all love at first sight; in initial drives, we've found the 500C to be fun (and a lot more engaging to drive than subcompact drudgery like the Toyota Yaris or Chevrolet Aveo) but cramped and noisy. The Fiat 500 Cabrio is not entirely a convertible by some definitions—it leaves the entire roofline silhouette intact and continuous but rolls back to open up the roof to the sky—but the payoff is that it's stiffer and quieter than full soft-top arrangements as in the Mini Cooper Convertible.