Facts about Fiat 500L Car. The Fiat 500L is a compact car by Fiat. The Fiat 500L Car is larger than the Fiat 500c.
History of the Fiat 500L Car
The Fiat 500 originally came out in 1957. It disappeared from the American market for a quarter century before coming back in 2012. The 500L model came out in 2014; the five door wagon with room for five (crowded) passengers was intended to meet the need for space of the American market.
In 2015, Fiat released an Urbana Trekking Limited edition of the 500L.
Design of the Fiat 500L Car
The Fiat 500L Car is not related mechanically to the Fiat 500c, though it is related to the Fiat Grande Punto and Fiat Doblo. The Fiat 500L weighs 800 pounds more than the Fiat 500.
The Fiat 500L Car has a 1.4 liter, four cylinder 160 horsepower engine. The Fiat 500L can go zero to sixty miles per hour in just under nine seconds. The Fiat 500L Car has a top speed of 124 miles per hour. The Fiat 500L Car engine generates 184 foot-pounds of torque at 2500 rpm.
The Fiat 500L Car has front wheel drive and does not have an all wheel drive like the rival Mini Countryman.
The basic configuration is the Pop. The next configuration level is the Easy. The next highest trim level is called the Trekking. The highest trim level is the Lounge.
A seven seat version of the Fiat 500L Car is called the “Living” edition, also called the MPW in the United Kingdom, and is available in Europe.
Performance of the Fiat 500L Car
The Fiat 500L Car gets up to 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Car and Driver magazine’s 2014 testing found that the manual transmission got 23 miles per gallon, while the automatic transmission got 27 miles per gallon.
The 500L version of the Fiat was recalled in 2015 for 2014 and 2015 model year vehicles because the knee airbags on the driver’s side might not deploy properly during an accident. However, the Fiat 500L Car is not affected by the Takata brand air bag recalls for cars built up through 2014.
A separate recall for 2014 Fiat 500L cars was issued for the transmission software, to repair a bug that sometimes caused it not to shift out of park readily.
JD Power and Associates rated the Fiat 500L as having below average reliability in 2015.
Rivals of the Fiat 500L Car
The main rival to the Fiat 500L Car is the Mini Cooper Countryman. Other rivals include the Kia Soul, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Scion XB, Volkswagen Golf, Mazda 3, and Nissan Juke.
Trivia about Fiat 500L Car
The Fiat 500L Car is manufactured in Serbia. In contrast, the Fiat 500c is manufactured in Mexico, with engines made in Michigan.
The L in the Fiat 500L Car stands for large or lounge, so the Fiat 500L Lounge is technically redundant as the Fiat 500 lounge lounge.
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