Posts tagged "compact car"

Photo gallery: 2012 Kia Rio Sedan

One of the best compact cars I’ve driven this summer is the 2013 Kia Rio Sedan. Actually, it might be one of the best cars I’ve driven this year. It has a lot of value packed into a base price of $13,600, including Bluetooth connectivity, USB port and steering wheel audio controls. And if you... Read more »

First look: 2013 Chevrolet Spark

First look: 2013 Chevrolet Spark
OK. I officially saw the coolest thing ever in the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Spark. Yes, ever. For now, at least. Chevrolet brought the Spark to Chicago for a whirlwind media tour, and the first thing they demo’d for me was the new technology inside this pint-sized car. Hello, BringGo. Rather than giving this mini car... Read more »

Today's Rave: 2012 Hyundai Elantra interior

Today's Rave: 2012 Hyundai Elantra interior
When you have a car that costs less than $17K, it’s really easy to cut corners in order to get the price where you want it. A few cheap touch points here, bad color combos there … and a whole lot of boring blah on the center stack. I’m pleased to say that Hyundai did... Read more »
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Finally, the perfect city car: 2012 Fiat 500

Finally, the perfect city car: 2012 Fiat 500
Spoiler alert: In case you couldn’t guess by the headline, I’m giving the Fiat 500 a perfect 10 on the Chicago-worthy scale. Finally, a car that makes absolute perfect sense in an urban environment. And it’s cute to boot. Fiat is an old new entry in the US. It left back in the ’80s because... Read more »

So, whadahyawannaknow? Fiat 500

Nope. It's actually quite roomy. Plus, the smart car doesn't have a backseat whereas the Fiat 500 does. I thought headroom and legroom were quite nice. In fact, I had a 5'10'' passenger in the front seat who made just those comments. I thought the trunk space was also really decent at 9.5 cubic-feet.
In typical fashion, I asked my tweeps what they wanted to know about the Fiat 500 when I swapped into it. I got 7 questions rather than the 2 or 3 I normally get. So, I decided to format this as a photo gallery this week and give long-form answers in the captions. Here’s to... Read more »

2012 Fiat 500: Mini's first true competitor arrives

2012 Fiat 500 The very first Fiat 500s arrive in the US this week in the form of a special “Prima Edizione” model. This is the first new Fiat to be sold in America since 1984. I spent a considerable amount of time sitting in this car during the Chicago Auto Show, and though I... Read more »
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