Fiat 500C Lounge Cabrio
*This is the last edition of Donloe on Cars for 2015!!!

THE CAR: Fiat 500C Lounge Cabrio

It’s fun! It’s sporty! It looks good! It handles well! It’s sexy! It’s a great drive! It’s affordable! It ROCKS!!!!

What more do you want from a car?

As an economy car it works for mileage, but to be honest, it’s not real practical. That being said, it works in so many other ways. This car has personality. If you want to turn heads while driving down the street, drive a Fiat 500C Lounge Cabrio. Not only did the car turn heads while I was driving it, a number of people pointed with delight. I was questioned nearly every time I stopped or given a compliment about the car’s exterior. In this case the exterior color was celeste blu (retro light blue). The interior color was avorio (ivory) and retro Marrone (brown) on the leather seats. Yes, it looks fabulous! I loved the Bluetooth audio streaming! The vehicle comes in hatchback and convertible body styles, five trim levels and three engine choices. The hatchback is offered in seven trim levels: Turbo, Pop, Lounge, Ribelle, Sport, 1957 Edition and Abarth (performance focused). The convertible version, called the 500C, comes in Abarth, Pop and Lounge trims.

You’d be surprised by just how much space is on the inside. It fits two people very comfortably. Now, any more than that and I can’t make any promises about comfort. I’m 5’10” and the headroom is OK. However, if I was 6ft., I’m not sure about the fit.  It would be close.

VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: Engine: 1.4-Liter 14 MultiAir 16-Valve Engine; Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Transmission; rear park assist, advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags, supplemental side-Curtain front airbags, driver inflatable knee-bolster airbag, front seat reactive head restraints, LATCH Ready child seat anchor system, security alarm, 4-wheel anti-lock disc power brakes, electronic stability control, tire specific pressure monitoring display, hill start assist, power door locks, remote keyless entry, speed control, 10.5-Gallon Fuel Tank, engine immobilizer, 185/55R15 Tires, black soft top; 12-volt auxiliary power outlet in center console, media hub (USB, Aux) in center console, USB port in Glovebox, Sirius XM satellite radio w/1-yr radio subscription.

MSRP: $27,030

FUEL ECONOMY: 27/34

THE DRIVE: Outstanding!

 

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Darlene Donloe is a seasoned entertainment and travel journalist whose work has appeared in People, Ebony, Essence, LA Stage Times, LA Watts Times, Black Meetings and Tourism, Los Angeles Sentinel, EMMY, The Hollywood Reporter, Rhythm & Business, Billboard, Grammy, CYH, BlackVoices.com and more. Contact her via: [email protected]