2012 FIAT 500 vs. Its Competition

2012 Fiat 500
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2012 Fiat 500 is small even among the subcompact class.

Ford's Fiesta has some of the same size issues, but it also has rear doors, which makes entry and exit much easier than in the 500--and it's attractive in its own modern way.

The Honda Fit is the MPV of the class, with enough spread-out room to convince you it's a small minivan and the handling to do the same.

The Toyota Yaris won't excite any drivers, but it's packaged well and has been reliable over time.

2012 Fiat 5002012 FIAT 500
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2011 Ford Fiesta 4-door HB SES Angular Front Exterior View2012 Ford Fiesta
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2012 Honda Fit 5dr HB Auto Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Fit
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2012 Toyota Yaris 5dr LB Auto LE (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota Yaris
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Quick Specs
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.
The 2012 Honda Fit is peppy and fun to drive, and its interior is incredibly space-efficient; but some might be turned off by its rather utilitarian look.
The 2012 Toyota Yaris is fuel-efficient in the city without hybrid hardware, and it has an nicely appointed interior that feels cheerful but not cheapskate; but its weak performance and highway refinement aren't up to current class standards.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
27 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Minicompact CarSubcompactSmall Station WagonSubcompact
Style Name   
2-Door HB Pop4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual3-Door Liftback Manual L (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
HatchbackSedan5 Door Hatchback3 Door Hatchback
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 FIAT 500 vs. 2012 Ford Fiesta2012 FIAT 500 vs. 2012 Honda Fit2012 FIAT 500 vs. 2012 Toyota Yaris