Don't buy a 2016 Fiat because the 2017s will be cheaper and better equipped
If you're considering the purchase of a new Fiat, you'll want to hold off for the 2017 model year. At the very least, take note of the following for haggling purposes, because the 2017 model year will bring some significant price cuts.
We reached out to Fiat, and a spokesperson was able to confirm reduced pricing for the new model year. He also gave us details on trims and packages. The gist is that the 500 hatch, convertible, and 500L all see notable discounts, and the trim levels across the range have been, well, trimmed.
For 2017, Fiat 500 hatchback and convertible will only be available in Pop, Lounge, and Abarth trims. This trim reduction removes the mid-level Turbo model from the lineup, and Fiat's spokesperson confirmed the model's 135-horsepower engine will disappear as well. The good news is that the remaining models all drop significantly in price.
Fiat 500 Pop and LoungeLet's start off with the least-expensive Fiat 500 models. The 500 Pop and Lounge will both drop $2,000, which means the Pop will start just under $15,000 before destination, and just under $16,000 assuming the destination charges remain $995.
Fiat 500 Information
Fiat 500 Abarth
The Fiat 500 Abarth is the enthusiast's choice, bringing a 160-horsepower turbocharged engine and a retuned suspension to the basic hatchback.
The Abarth will get a $2,850 price cut to start at just under $21,000 with destination for the 2017 model year. It's a compelling option at that price.
Fiat 500 Information
Fiat 500C ConvertibleDon't worry, sun lovers. In addition to the base price drops of hardtop Fiat 500s, the convertible will simply become a $1,450 option for any 500 model, which will make it a much more affordable proposition than it was when offered as a separate model.
The 2017 500L will see available trims shrink to down to Pop, Trekking, and Lounge. The 500L doesn't see price cuts as drastic as those for the smaller 500, but it offers additional content to make up for it. The new Pop gets all the features of the higher-level 2016 Easy, along with a standard automatic transmission.
Comparing a 2017 Pop with a 2016 automatic-equipped Easy will show a $1,150 reduction. The Trekking only drops by $235, but it now gets standard heated leather seats, BeatsAudio sound system, satellite radio, and Uconnect. Finally the Lounge drops $1,100 and adds 17-inch wheels, BeatsAudio, Uconnect, and satellite radio.