Edmunds Inside Line has just posted a full Road Test on the 2012 Fiat 500 Sport. Below are the highlights of the test:
2012 Fiat 500 Sport
Price as Tested:
1.4-liter inline four-cylinder
101 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 98 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg (EPA rated); 30.3 mpg (observed)
What Works (pros):
Unique Italian styling, class-leading handling, excellent fuel economy.
What Needs Work (cons):
Wimpy acceleration, limited rear three-quarter vision, minimal headroom with sunroof.
It's small, it's cute and it's slow. But it handles like an Italian machine should, and it's an interesting alternative in the burgeoning North American small-car market.