STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' two-pronged approach to small hatchback wagons has the 500X and the Jeep division's Renegade sharing platforms and drivetrains. The 500X's front and rear styling is certainly more understated, in true Euro form, than the Renegade's taller stance and more rugged look. Since the 500X and Jeep Renegade are assembled at the same factory in Italy, both nameplates use turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engines rated at 177 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. The Renegade deviates with a non-turbo four-cylinder as the base engine. The 500X's standard all-wheel-drive system has a fuel-saving rear-axle-disconnect system, which means only the front tires drive the vehicle in most situations. The AWD also comes with a Dynamic Selector knob that allows the driver to pick from Auto (default setting), Sport and Traction+, to best match road and driving conditions. Dynamic-safety technologies such as lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert are optional, as is a panoramic sunroof.
Base price (including destination): $26,200
Type: Sub-compact wagon
Engine (h.p.): 1.3-liter I-4, turbocharged (177)
Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 24/30/26
Base weight (lb.): 3,305