• Nov 17, 2010
2011 Fiat 500 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Break out your wallet and start learning Italian, the 2011 Fiat 500 configurator is attivo e funzionante! Pricing for the 500 starts at $15,500 for the base model, which is referred to as the Fiat 500 Pop. The 500 Sport is priced at $17,500 and the top-shelf 500 Lounge will cost you $19,500... before options.

We tried as hard as we could to fully outfit our "own" 2011 Fiat 500, but this little coupe has managed to differentiate itself a bit from the MINI Cooper in a very good way. Our final sticker price after ticking all the boxes? $25,236. We're sure we will be able to raise that up a few notches when the 500C cabriolet shows up. In the meantime, head on over to the Fiat 500 configurator and see what you can do with your "own" 2011 Fiat 500.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      5 pages and no one has mentioned MultiAir? Unless I missed it...

      How can a record breaking MPG for a non-hybrid engine be considered a "niche" marketed car..? Sounds like a sensible one to me. Does sensible fall under "niche" now? I would hope being sensible would fall under a broad spectrum. hah..

      The price is very nice, the price is astounding when you consider what similar cars cost with not so similar gas mileage numbers. ;) Sure it's a smaller car, but I believe people will respond to the performance bumb you will get with the 500 turbo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where's my Abarth?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think the 500 should go after the Mini, that should be the Mito's job.
      I think the 500 should go after the Spark/ IQ instead.
      I think next year they should make an ultra bare bones model, maybe with the 0.9 liter 85 ho 2 cylinder engine, and price it at $9,000-$10,000
        • 4 Years Ago
        A Two Cylinder? Really?
        Nobody in the US is gonna plonk down $10K on a two cylinder Fiat when they can get a used Civic or Jetta for the same money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For the record, I think Fiat made a mistake with its color names on the Fiat 500 USA configurator: they're calling the lighter grayish green Verde Oliva (olive green), while calling the darker olive green Verde Chiaro (light green). I'd say they mismatched the color names and the color swatches.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm excited to see the 500 is just one step closer to reality here in the US. Can't wait to start seeing them in the streets! I want to see one parked next to a MINI Cooper...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, did the USA get lucky not having the 2 cylinder version, we have them here, where I am stationed in Germany, they just went on sale.They sound like Ass should have at least given this thing one more cylinder, and the it would at least Try to make noises like a Porsche. If you don't belive me go to youtube.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The point of the 2 cylinder engine is not to sound cool. It's to be supremely inexpensive, efficient, lightweight and emit the lowest emissions possible for an ICE, which it does. It's a brilliant engine and has been highly lauded by several international engineering and automotive magazines.

        You want a cool sound, slap a coffee can exhaust on a tarted up Civic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry bub, two cylinder cars is going to far into the green hype, global warming is a left wing myth. I own a 2009 M3, 2011 135i, 1998 Jeep Cherokee. The only car with a possible fart can, would be my M3 it has a Baustuck racing exhaust.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I may have missed it somewhere, but do we know how much power the US-spec 500 will have? I know the European 1.4 has 100 hp, but I thought the new Multiair engine improved on that figure.

      Also, I noticed that the Fiat 500 has to make due with the 5-speed manual. Shame. I thought they would go for 6.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Subaru should not be doing it. Not for $25k.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well if subaru can do it why not fiat? 5 speed for base, 6 speed for sti... 5 speed for base, 6 speed for abarth.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone explain the difference between the three versions? It's hard for me to differentiate between them...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks like the top model offers leather seats with the 500 logo, some nicer wheels and different sticker stripes on the side. I don't see anything obvious that justifies the $4k price increase though. If I had to choose I'd buy the cheap one and get some wheels through Tire Rack.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Pop has least stuff, and does without steering wheel controls for the radio etc.. The Lounge has chrome under the windows and a little chrome moustache, and a glass roof; and automatic transmission! The Sport has a manual transmission, and does without the chrome and the automatic climate control the Lounge also has.

        They seem to be the basic differences. All have A/C, only manual in the Pop and Sport.

        Avoid the opening sunroof, it robs headroom.

        The Lounge seems to have the most options for the seating, and would appear to be the version Fiat thinks will sell best in the US, as it does in most places. This must be why it comes with an automatic transmission as standard.

        In Britain the variations are slightly different and the Sport can be had with chrome as an option. In Europe automatic is an option on all versions.

        I'd go for the Sport myself, with the Tom Tom (there is a fixture point on the dash and it is integrated into the voice command system) and save money on automatic climate and all the graphics crap and roof racky stuff.

        Considering it has xenon lights as standard and an improved chassis, and Multiair, this isn't a bad deal at all. Nice colours too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Once Americans are able to get past the mindset that small cars can be bought for similar money as a hot dog and diet coke combo in Target, then the better off we'll all be.

      These cars are not the traditional "four wheels and a seat" that Americans were traditionally subjected to with small cars primarily sourced from Korea and Japan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Still your using half the material, then say a honda accord or nissan altima. Same features, way smaller engine and not a lot of cutting edge tech like a hybrid or a volt. There is no reason these should cost the same as accords and g8's etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Once Americans are able to get past the mindset that small cars can be bought for similar money as a hot dog and diet coke combo in Target, then the better off we'll all be."

        Um the new mini called, it wants you to know Americans are so far beyond that mindset it's not even funny, and this car's a lot cheaper, so it makes your point even more moot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Um the new mini called, it wants you to know Americans are so far beyond that mindset it's not even funny, and this car's a lot cheaper, so it makes your point even more moot." Zamafir

        Name me at least ten more different products from the A-segment and B-segment on sale in America and then you might have an argument. Americans for the most part equate small with cheap. Indeed, the very first post in this thread was some idiot crowing about the price.

        Of course the 500 is cheaper than a Mini - it's much smaller, a different class segment. Indeed, it shares its platform with the Ford Ka.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Are they really using half the material?

        Nope...at 139.6", it's 72% of the length of the Accord.

        It's half an inch taller than the Accord.

        It's 88% the width of the Accord.

        It's got 56% of the Accord's horsepower and 60% of the torque out of an engine that's 58% the displacement, with exactly the same number of cylinders.

        And it costs 73% as much as a base Accord.

        Sounds like it's priced about right to me. I configured mine at $17,249 with all the options I'd like. For a car that's 7" shorter than the MINI, but has as much or more interior space, it starts $4,500 less than the MINI.

        That's good value, if you ask me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't forget USA and Eastern Europe. Neither the Chevette (especially the stripped down Scooter version - rear seats not included) nor the Yugo GV offered any good reason for folks to take small cars seriously either. And sadly, the mental image of being stuck in one of these penalty boxes is still in the minds of many Americans ...
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Still your using half the material, then say a honda accord or nissan altima."

        Half the metalwork is only a very small part of the story. Much of the cost of a car is covering the amortisation costs of the vehicle's development in the first place. And whether you create a Fiesta or a Mondeo, those costs are pretty much one and the same.

        • 4 Years Ago
        . . . more Fiat 500s for America = less Middle East hassles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sure it uses less materials by the pound - but designing, assembling, and testing 20,000 parts is still designing, assembling, and testing 20,000 parts. That's like a doctor charging less because you're 3 inches shorter than the other patients. All small cars shouldn't cost the same as a 1986 Yugo just because they're the same size.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i hope they don't take too long to get the turbos out the door
      • 4 Years Ago
      this will be the next chickmobile, the VW bug needs to be replaced
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe US buyers forget what Fiat did in north america in the past. The bad reliability, bad fit & finish, cheap plastics everywhere and pain in the ass maintenance are still the same. You have nice cars in the market, why the hell do you want buy fiats? Even in Europe people are still telling Fiat jokes like 30 years ago.

      and you know what occupies the last six pages of the Fiat owner's manual?
      The bus and train timetables.
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