Photo Gallery: 2012 Fiat 500

I recently had the opportunity to drive the 2012 Fiat 500, and it was a blast! One of my favorite features was the kitschy 2-tone interior. Plus, the orange shiny bits that matched the exterior appealed to my matching sensibility. Then last week, I was able to be a passenger in the Fiat 500 Cabrio. A very clever car with an a-typical canvas top. So, in addition to photos of my test car, I snapped some shots of the Cabrio as well. My question for you: Do you think this car is too "cute" for a man to drive? Would love to hear what you think.

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  • If you are asking "for a man," there are at least Fords and Mazdas in the same price range with the gaping maw front, which probably can eat these. Not to mention the Juke for anime freaks or stoners.

    Putting the flower pot in the last generation of Beetle indicates to what market that was pitched, too. On the other hand, I never figured out how the Scion tC was a "chick car," except that it probably is underpowered for its looks.

  • ha ... i know a lot of tuners who went for the tC ... and they were men. the thing i like about the juke is the awd potential -- definitely more relatable to men and women. as for mazda or ford, i'm assuming you mean mazda2 and fiesta? also great cars that could be deemed feminine. is it the smallness that turns men off, or the cute factor?

  • In reply to Jill Ciminillo:

    I was thinking more 3 and Focus.

    I think smallness is more a function of how much car you can afford. As I mentioned about one of my nephews, who lives in Md., apparently the diplomatic corps leaves around enough barely used CTSs that he can afford one. If a male could afford a Mustang V8, Corvette, BMW 3, etc., of course he would buy one over a Fiat. But if you can't afford those, a Mazda 3 will do, or get the tuner for the tC. Which brings up the other person's question about how the Arbath would do.

  • i kind of agree with you. but i also think location and function figure hugely into a purchase. the new trend for these small cars is not cheap. the idea is to create a small car that has lux features so that you can have everything you want in the size that you want it. i.e. luxury is not always equal to big. as a city dweller, if i were buying a car today, i'd want compact, utility and potentially AWD. but at my stage in life, i also want bells and whistles like heated seats, navigation, leather ... nissan juke fits the bill. and so does 500 -- both around $25K for all bells and whistles.

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