2017 FIAT 500L vs. Its Competition

2017 Fiat 500L

You'll find tall wagons and hatchbacks all over other countries, but U.S.

buyers still really haven't warmed to them.

The Kia Soul is the only real sales smash in the group: its square-box design looks good, while hiding great interior space.

The Honda Fit has long been a favorite; the eminently sensible hatchback functions as a Civic Wagon replacement, with lots of cargo room, the excellent "Magic Seat" with unparalleled flexibility, and superb fuel economy.

The Mini Cooper Clubman is now, finally, a proper small wagon, with four side doors plus its characteristic rear "church doors." It's more fun to drive than the 500L, with a stiffer ride, but substantially crisper steering and quicker acceleration, if it's ordered in (the pricey) turbocharged S form.

The Toyota (nee Scion) iM five-door hatchback isn't all that exciting, but it's competent and will likely be very reliable.

Beyond that, an increasing crop of very small crossover utility vehicles with available all-wheel drive has started to eat away at whatever market there's been for these practical but front-drive-only tall hatchbacks.

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Quick Specs
4.2
The 2017 Fiat 500L tall wagon has utility down pat, and offers good value, but its styling is quirky and gas mileage is only average at best
6.0
The 2017 Honda Fit gives up some fun-to-drive spunk for unparalleled interior space and flexibility.
6.5
The 2017 Kia Soul rights one of our longtime gripes with the fun wagon—it now has a more capable turbo-4 that makes it a little less boring to drive
MSRP From   
$20,995$16,090$16,100$24,100
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3
EPA Class   
Small Station WagonSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonSubcompact Cars
Style Name   
Pop HatchLX ManualBase ManualCooper FWD
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackWagon
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
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