One of the smallest cars you can buy in America is big on attitude. The 2019 FIAT 500 is more than just an economical, fuel-efficient, easy-to-park mode of transportation. It’s a driving experience, a taste of Europe where the roads are small and the cathedrals are big. Call it a mini-exotic for those times the Ferrari is, ahem, in the shop for service. The little fella is a flashy dresser with a 10-hue color palette rivaling anything you’d find in a bag of Skittles. Subtlety is not one of the 500’s virtues.
Since its introduction in 2007, more than a million 500s have been sold around the world. While U.S. sales have been a relative trickle in comparison, that just makes every "Cinquecento" you do see all the more special. Unchanged from the 2018 version, the 2019 FIAT 500 continues to be available in three-door hatchback and soft-top Cabrio body styles. The model lineup includes the nicely equipped base Pop, luxury Lounge, and sporty Abarth (pronounced ah-BART) models. Including the not unsubstantial $1,495 destination charge, the hatchback Pop starts at $17,990, Lounge at $21,490, and the Abarth at $22,240. Cabrio versions of each trim are a $1,495 upcharge.