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GREEN | 8 out of 10
31/40 mpg (base, manual); 27/34 mpg (base, automatic); 28/34 mpg (Abarth)
The six-speed not only shifts smoother, it also responds to the invocation of a dash-button "Sport" mode at lower speeds. But it does come with a OPEC penalty; the hand-stirrer gets 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway, while the automatic scores 27 mpg and 34 mpg.
These figures slightly exceed those of the base Mini Cooper but fall slightly short of the figures for the most economical versions of the Ford Fiesta or even the much larger Chevy Cruze.
[Fuel economy] drops to 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway with the automatic, which is still thrifty, but worse than almost every competitor.
The 2014 Fiat 500 is one of the most fuel-efficient non-electrified models on the U.S. market; but if you're accustomed to fuel-efficient small cars, it might not prove as miserly on fuel as you might think.
The most efficient model is the base 500 equipped with the five-speed manual transmission, earning an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 40 highway. The optional six-speed automatic drops those figures to 27 mpg and 34 mpg, respectively.
If you go for the 500 Abarth, you gain 60 horsepower and a turbocharger, but lose only a bit of efficiency: it rates 28/34 mpg.
Those are good figures, for the most part; but considering that mid-size hybrid sedans are beating this pint-sized mini at the pump, it's clear that there are some tradeoffs involved in keeping the price low and the driving attitude vivacious.
The Fiat 500 family gets good mileage; but considering its size and weight, shouldn't it?