, Subaru, and Porsche were among the top of the CR list for best car brands. While Chrysler made it into the top 10, Fiat didn’t have the minimum number of models tested to make the list. Last year, Fiat was the lowest-ranked brand.
The car brands are ranked using an Overall Score that consists of a Road-Test Score, Predicted Reliability, Owner Satisfaction, Safety, and Green Choices. Consumer Reports found that the Fiat 500L and 500X both had mediocre performance in their testing.
The data CR has on Fiat shows that reliability and owner satisfaction is quite low. The Fiat 124 Spider was a bright spot, and the 2017 model had a solid consumer satisfaction score, but the car was discontinued.
As mentioned, some of the past models in Fiat’s lineup include the Fiat 124, Fiat 500, and Fiat 500L.
The Fiat 500 is fun to drive with agile handling and a manual transmission with satisfying shifting. It offers 101 horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, and five-speed manual transmission that gives you 33 mpg overall. However, it has a noisy cabin and hard-to-access rear seats. It was discontinued in 2019.
The Fiat 500L also has a stiff ride and a jerky sequential automatic transmission. On the plus side, the conventional automatic improves the driving experience, and the interior is spacious. However, the driving position is strange, and the model scored a "Poor" rating in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
The 500L and 124 Spider were both discontinued in 2020. The 124 Spider offered 160 horsepower and a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. This model competed with the Mazda Miata and had more comfortable seats. Similar to other models, the cabin is noisy and the ride is jittery.
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