2017 FIAT 500 Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
MSRP Invoice Price Destination Fee Holdback Dealer Cost
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As Fiat purchased up other brands, it began to spread outside of Italy and Europe. Their modern 500s began selling in the United States in 2007. The car continues to have a large fan base. It is known for its fuel economy, low cost and small size. The 2018 Fiat 500 keeps all of these traits.
What's New in 2018?
Not much has changed since the 2017 model rolled off the assembly line. There are rumors of a possible mid-year overhaul. The 500L model gets some cosmetic changes for 2018. The front and rear fascias have been changed. The wheels and side moldings get updates as well.
The 2018 Fiat 500 gets a new instrument cluster this year. The entire center console looks different, but is functionally the same. The HVAC controls have been moved to a more convenient spot. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have now been added as standard equipment for all models.
Available Styles and Trims
The 2018 Fiat 500 still comes in three major styles. The regular 500 is the subject of this review. The 500X is a larger, crossover vehicle. The 500L is a larger, 4-door model. The standard 500 model comes in three different trim levels. All three are 2-door hatchbacks that are also available in cabriolet, convertible models.
Pop - The Pop is a front-wheel drive car with a 1.4-L I-4 engine. This is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The car comes in a choice of 15 different colors.
Lounge - This trim level features the same engine and transmission system as the Pop. It features the same color options with the exception of rosso (red). The Lounge model adds leather seats. It also features an upgraded infotainment system.
Abarth - The Abarth model gets a 1.4-L I-4 engine with increased horsepower. It produces about 60 more horses than the base-model engine of the Pop and Lounge models. Oddly, Fiat does not offer the Abarth in seven of the colors that the base model features.
Performance and Fuel Economy
The base engine produces about 101 hp, while the beefed-up version makes 160 hp. While it may not produce massive power and torque, the tiny Fiat 500 doesn't need to. The car is so small and light that it still accelerates just fine. It can get you up to 60 mph in just around 9.8 seconds.
The 2018 Fiat 500 has excellent fuel-economy ratings. The I-4 engine on the Pop and Lounge models get a rating of 31 mpg in the city and 38 mph on the highway. The speedier Abarth gets a bit less with a combined rating of 30 mpg.
This car is tiny. That may be good or bad depending on your perspective. As a city driver, it's a dream and is so easy to fit into any parking space. The Fiat 500 is quick to accelerate and feels agile around tight corners. This is especially true of the Abarth model, which gets more horsepower and better handling. Braking feels firm and stops the 2479 lbs. vehicle adequately.
The 2018 Fiat 500 is a quality car at a very good price. It will save you money on gas as well. The small size makes it a good choice for anyone who does a lot of inner-city commuting. The Abarth model can be downright fun to drive.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base FIAT 500 invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All FIAT 500 MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.