While it still wins on design, style, and personality, the 2016 Fiat 500 faces a newer and tougher group of small-car competitors than it did five years ago.
The two-year-old Honda Fit is a perennially strong subcompact, with its fold-away seats giving it the most flexible interior in the segment and enough space to hold four adults comfortably.
The Fiesta's not as large as the Fit, but delivers a lot more driving fun and good fuel economy.
The Mini Cooper was also redesigned in 2014, and its latest incarnation is both larger inside and far more fuel-efficient in its base model than the 500, whose fuel economy is only so-so.
The former especially may prove a strong, cost-effective, and more practical minicar than the aging 500--while the latter offers urban parking ability that can't be beat and (finally) decent driving qualities.
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|2016 FIAT 500Browse Used Listings||2016 Chevrolet SparkBrowse Used Listings||2016 Ford FiestaBrowse Used Listings||2016 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2016 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings||2016 smart fortwoBrowse Used Listings|
|28 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||30 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||32 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy|
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|2-Door HB Easy||5-Door HB Manual LS||4-Door Sedan S||5-Door HB Manual LX||2-Door HB||2-Door Coupe Pure|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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