About the 2014 Fiat 500L:
Do not confuse the new Fiat 500L with a standard-issue 500. This is a completely different kind of car, a multi-purpose vehicle with true seating for five people and a whopping 23.1 cu.-ft. of trunk space with the rear seat in use.
Fiat sells the 500L in whimsically titled Pop, Easy, Trekking, and Lounge trim levels. The 500L Pop is decently equipped, but comes only with a manual transmission.
If you don’t know how to operate a clutch pedal, the 500L Easy is the easiest path to ownership. You row your own gears in this model, too, but a Dual Dry-Clutch Transmission (DDCT) is optional for the Easy. Plus, the Easy gets 16-inch aluminum wheels, deep-tinted rear glass, better interior materials, and improved stereo speakers.
Looking for something a little more rugged, in terms of appearance anyway? Check out the 500L Trekking, which adopts SUV-style design cues in addition to fog lights, 17-inch aluminum wheels, premium cloth for the seats, and heated front seats.
At the top of the lineup, the 500L Lounge adds a handful of luxuries such as dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, and a list of small upgrades that could make a big difference to a buyer. The DDCT transmission is also standard for this model.
To get options, you must first purchase the Easy, Trekking, or Lounge model. All three can be upgraded with a power sunroof and a Beats Audio premium sound system. Easy and Trekking models can also be upgraded with a Popular Equipment Package, which adds the Lounge model’s standard features except for the leather seats.
For the first year of sales, all models except the Pop are equipped with a Premier Package containing a navigation system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and an SD card slot, a reversing camera and rear parking assist sensors. Next year, this package will cost $1,700.
Engines and Transmissions:
A turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Fiat 500L, generating 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The torque peaks between 2,500 rpm and 4,000 rpm, helping to make this Fiat family car to feel frisky.
A 6-speed manual transmission is standard for Pop, Easy, and Trekking models. Easy and Trekking can be optioned with the DDCT, which is standard on the Lounge model. All Fiat 500L models are front-wheel drive.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
When equipped with the standard manual transmission, the Fiat 500L is rated to get 28 mpg in combined driving. Choose the DDCT, and that number drops to 27 mpg.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the Fiat 500L as this summary is written.
Bluetooth with music streaming capability is standard, along with a text message reader. All models except the Pop get a standard navigation system, reversing camera, and rear parking assist sensors during the first year of sales.
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