Fiat dealers in America have only one model for sale – the 500X compact SUV. Our test driver found that its 177-hp turbocharged engine “delivered energetic acceleration and still returned fuel economy given the standard all-wheel drive system.”
Otherwise, the ride is “adequate but not particularly impressive”.
The most impressive feature of the 500X may be the deal you can negotiate. Fiat dealers sold only 59 nationwide in October. Most were sold below sticker, averaging $2,428 in incentives. With new car prices near record highs, this kind of discount is rare.
It is also likely caused by the 500X days numbering. Olivier François, CEO of Fiat, told Motor Trend, “When you die, you die. We are not going to replace it.”
Instead, the brand has a “clear plan to do nothing but 500.” These may look like the car itself if you’re not familiar with Fiat.
They are not. The Fiat 500 is the brand’s signature car in Europe. A tiny two door door away from your morning coffee fantasies in Piazza della Signoria in Florence, it has been absent from the US market for a few years.
But it returns in 2024, this time as an electric car. François says Fiat will continue to build gas-powered 500s for Europe. But not the states. “Do you want Gas 500?” Sorry, you can’t,” said MT.
“Fiat is not here to be everything to everyone, everywhere,” he added.
This could be unwelcome news for Fiat dealers, who may want to sell more than one model. But it’s a buying opportunity for you if you want one of the only cars still available at a discount in 2022.