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2016 Fiat 500X Easy

The 2016 Fiat 500X Easy is a subcompact five-passenger crossover SUV. The 2016 Fiat 500X Easy starts out at the MSRP of $22,610 and comes in both AWD and FWD. It has a 2.4-Liter I4 MultiAir® Engine & 9-Speed Automatic Transmission. This vehicle has a MRSP of only $22,610 and the AWD starts at $24,510.

Thumbs Up

1. The overall look of the interior is attractive and the materials are higher in quality. Soft-touch surfaces are found on the dash and armrests, and Fiat makes a center console standard in a class where they can be optional.

2. The available all-wheel-drive system disconnects the rear wheels when they aren't needed, such as when cruising on the highway, and can send up to half of the power to the rear when the front wheels lose grip.

3. Standard safety features of the 2016 Fiat 500X include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, a driver knee airbag, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Available safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alerts, a lane departure intervention system and a forward collision warning system. Safety is a priority.

4. The 2016 Fiat 500X Easy offers 17-inch alloy wheels and three selectable drive modes. A Dynamic Selector system lets you choose between Auto, Sport and Traction+ modes.

5. On the road, the new 500X is surprisingly quiet for the class, with wind and road noise well controlled.

Thumbs Down

A. This vehicle drives stiff and is not ideal in rough terrain. It shifts gears hard. I prefer a smooth ride.

B. The 2016 Fiat 500X Easy lacks cargo room. This could be an issue when loading groceries or even traveling.

In summary, if you are in the market for a sleek, nice compact SUV, the 2016 Fiat 500X is the way to go. This vehicle is attractive and sleek. The safety features couldn’t be better.
  

Price as tested: $24,700

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