Fiat is the latest to join the 40 mpg club. For 2013, both the Fiat 500 and Fiat 500 cabriolet (that’s convertible to you Americans) now get an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined. That’s an increase of one mpg city from last year’s model, and two mpg highway. Fiat accomplished this feat by tweaking the gear ratios of the 2013 Fiat 500′s five-speed manual transmission. That’s right: only the manual version of the Fiat 500 saw an improvement in fuel economy. The more popular 2013 Fiat 500 and 500c with its six-speed automatic transmission continue to get the EPA-estimated 27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. Not shabby, but dwarfed by the larger, 40 mpg offerings from competitors like the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio.
If fuel economy is secondary to you, Fiat has also introduced a sportier 500 model for those who find the standard 500 too slow. The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo comes equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four cylinder engine that generates 135 horsepower. That’s 34 more ponies than in the Fiat 500 Sport trim. Transmission continues to be five-speed manual. The Fiat 500 Turbo gets a sport-tuned suspension and revamped exterior and interior to separate itself from standard 500 models.
Other changes for model year 2013 include new exterior colors for the Fiat 500 and the availability of a premium audio system by rapper and media mogul Dr. Dre.
Source: Chrysler / Fiat