2016 FIAT 500X vs. Its Competition

2016 Fiat 500X
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Pint-sized crossovers are officially a thing now, and a few of them already are on sale to greet the 500X when it arrives in the spring.

The GM twins—the Chevy Trax and Buick Encore—differ only in styling and equipment.

They're competent runabouts, a little thin on the luxury scale in the Buick's case, and only moderately quick at best.

The 500X will share its mechanicals with the Jeep Renegade, a vehicle that manages to sum up the visual Jeep appeal in the shortest overall length possible.

The Honda HR-V will have its Magic Seat as its strongest weapon, while the Mazda CX-3 promises cut-above handling for the growing subcompact-crossover class.

2016 Fiat 500X2016 FIAT 500X
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2015 Chevrolet Trax2016 Chevrolet Trax
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2016 Honda HR-V2016 Honda HR-V
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2016 Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary edition2016 Jeep Renegade
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2016 Mazda CX-32016 Mazda CX-3
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Quick Specs
7.6
The smartly styled 2016 Fiat 500X is no off-roader, but it might be the most useful vehicle from the brand yet.
7.4
The 2016 Buick Encore masks its economy-car roots well, but tepid performance keeps its from earning a premium label.
7.6
With its useful hatchback shape and thrifty fuel economy, the 2016 Chevrolet Trax is a smart package for city dwellers who value practicality over power or style.
7.8
The 2016 Honda HR-V smartly trades a little of the Fit's fuel economy for exuberant styling, more headroom, and optional all-wheel drive.
7.6
The 2016 Jeep Renegade has something to please both off-roaders and commuters, but its performance can seem dull compared to its engaging styling.
8.0
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is stylish, well-equipped, and one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in its segment.
MSRP From     
$20,000$24,065$20,300$19,215$17,995$19,960
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Turbocharged Gas 4-CylRegular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSpecial PurposeSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door PopFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door LS w/1LS2WD 4-Door Manual LXFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door Sport
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomaticManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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