STATUS: Unchanged for 2019 - The Serbia-built five-passenger 500L shares nothing with its 500 two-door or 500X four-door stable mates, but does exude a saucy character that's unmistakably Fiat. Both the front passenger seat and the 60:40 split rear seat can be folded when extra cargo space is called for. The standard powerplant is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that generates 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission. The 500L comes in Pop, Trekking and Lounge models. Of the trio, the off-road-emulating Trekking is the most visually stimulating with its unique blacked-out lower rear bodywork and 17-inch wheels (16s are standard) and two-tone interior. Unfortunately, all-wheel-drive is not on the Trekking's build sheet, which pretty much limits where you can actually "trek" to. Other up-level equipment includes a panoramic glass sunroof, enlarged touch-screen controls for the audio, communications and navigation systems and a premium six-speaker "Beats by (rap artist) Dr. Dre" audio system.
Base price (plus destination): $24,600
Type: Subcompact wagon
Engine (h.p.): 1.4-liter SOHC I-4, turbocharged (160)
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Base mpg (city/highway): 22/30/25
Base weight (lb.): 3,250