Status: Unchanged for 2020 - If the 124 Spider looks just a bit like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, it's because Mazda and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) jointly engineered the two roadsters and both are built at Mazda's plant in Hiroshima, Japan. Instead of a Mazda engine, the 124 uses the same turbocharged 1.4-liter powerplant originally developed for the Fiat 500 Abarth. All 124s can be speced with a six-speed manual transmission, or optional six-speed automatic. The front and rear suspension design is similar to the MX-5's, but Fiat gave the Spider slightly firmer shocks, springs and a uniquely tuned steering rack. Model availability consists of base Classica, the Lusso and the Abarth. The latter gets slightly more power plus front and rear Brembo-brand brakes, paddle shifters (automatic transmission), navigation system, nine-speaker Bose audio system plus some active-safety tech. For 2020, a special Scorpion Sting appearance package is available, with unique hood and side decals. Whatever your pleasure, the 124 Spider provide plenty of reasonable-cost, top-down fun for you and a companion.
Base Price (including destination): $26,900
Type: Four-door sub-compact wagon
Engine (h.p.): 1.4-liter I-4, turbocharged (160/164, Abarth)
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic
Base MPG (city/highway/combined): 26/35/30
Base weight (lb.): 2,510