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2017 Fiat 124 Spider – U.S. Wonder

by Car Appraiser on July 13, 2016

2017 Fiat 124 Spider – U.S. Wonder




The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is easily the best car in Fiat’s four-vehicle U.S. lineup and a worthy successor to the storied original Fiat 124 Spider that debuted in November 1966. The two-seat convertible coupe shares a platform with Mazda’s MX-5 Miata and the cars are built in the same plant in Japan. 124 Spider has a Fiat engine and transmission that produce 160 hp and 184 pounds-feet of torque.

Pricing for the 124 Spider as follows, The Classica base model starts at $25,990. The top-end Abarth, with an additional 4 hp and a six-speed automatic, starts at $30,540. The midrange Lusso model starts at $28,490. All pricing includes a $995 shipping charge, also you can add automatic six-speed transmission at the price of $1,350. IHS Automotive projects annual U.S. sales volume under 10,000 vehicles.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider vs. 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2017 Fiat 124 Spider  2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Wheelbase 90.9 inches 90.9 inches
Length 159.6 inches 154.1 inches
Width 68.5 inches 68.3 inches
Height 48.5 inches 48.6 inches
Curb weight 2,436 lbs. 2,332 lbs.
Engine 1.4 liter I-4 turbo 2.0-liter I-4
Horsepower 160 hp @ 5,500 rpm 155 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 184 lbs.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm 148 lbs.-ft. @ 4,600 rpm
EPA mpg 26 city/35 hwy 27 city/34 hwy
Base price* 25990 25750


Power: Turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual transmission ( Can add automatic six-speed transmission at the price of $1,350).

Technology: Optional 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bose audio system.

Safety: Four front airbags, optional rear-vision camera, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive front headlamps.

Competitors: Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mini Cooper, VW Beetle.

Weaknesses: Turbo lag is evident at times; cupholder is ridiculously hard to reach.

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