STATUS: Updated for 2019 - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' two-pronged approach to small hatchback wagons has the 500X and the Jeep division's Renegade sharing platforms and drivetrains. However the 500X's lines are more understated in true Euro form than the Renegade's taller and more rugged shape. Since the 500X and Jeep Renegade are assembled at the same factory, the former will get the same optional turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine, while the previously optional non-turbo I-4 becomes the base powerplant (the previous turbo 1.4 is gone). Both operate with nine-speed automatic transmissions. The available all-wheel-drive system has a free-wheeling (and fuel-saving) rear-axle-disconnect feature, engaging only when the front wheels require torque. 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.
Base price (including destination): $21,000 (2018)Type: Four-door sub-compact wagon
Engines (h.p.): 2.4-liter I-4 (180); 1.3-liter I-4, turbocharged (177)
Drivetrain: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Nine-speed automatic
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 22/31/25 (2.4)
Base weight (lb.): 2,990