Flash Drive

2014 Fiat 500L

2014 Fiat 500L TrekkingModel Tested: — 2014 Fiat 500L Easy

Engine: 1.4 Liter Multi Air® Turbo

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual (6-speed Automatic available)

EPA Ratings: 25/City/33 Highway — 28/Combined

Base Price: $20,195

As Tested: $20.995

Surprisingly good with smooth acceleration
Powerful enough for moderate hills
Steering and braking are excellent

Suspension is firm, but not bone-crunching like the Mini
Reasonably quiet thanks to acoustical material on the windshield and in the wheel wells. We heard some road noise, but not wind noise
On a drive to Hood River, OR and back the same day, the fatigue factor was minimal

Class-leading cargo space — 21.3 Cu. Ft.

WOW Factors:
Lots of room inside
Striking, and somewhat eclectic design
More comfortable than you may expect

Engine is quiet at City speeds but gets noisy on the highway
Minimal storage space in front

Bottom Line:
The 2014 Fiat 500L is a credible alternative for families who don’t want to trade looks for utility. While it has a few eccentricities, the 500L offers solid driving dynamics and class-leading cargo space.