I hear many reviews refer to the Fiat 500 as a "city car". I know it's easy to park being small but is it really best suited solely for the city? How many of us actually own this car and live in a city? Just curious. Has the 500 no place on the highway?
I wouldn't say I live in "the city" but I don't live in the boonies, either. There are boonies less than a mile from my house, though.
It takes me 30 minutes by freeway to get into what most would call "the city" (Tacoma or Seattle). I go to Tacoma once or more per week, and I go to Seattle every other month or so. The rest of the time I'm running around town.
Do I feel out of place or afraid to be on the freeway? Nope. Well, at least no more than I did in my Caravan, or my wife's Matrix. Any car can kill you in any other car.
I love the way the 500 rides on the highway. My last road trip was from Ottawa to Toronto and back. Just about 1000km total. The little car didn't miss a beat, and yes, it does ride larger than it actually is. Very comfortable and smooth for the long haul. I could easily drive across the country in this thing.
The 500 is a Fantastic highway car. Very quiet, and smooth, comfortable on the highway. I commute to work everyday in it. Easily passages larger cars. Engine size just as big as our Honda Fit. I never ever thought of my 500 being a city car. It make just make sense to day.
It isn't ONLY a city car however it is perfect for the city. I drive to Napa on most weekends which is about 45 minutes North from San Francisco and the 500 can definitely hold it's own on the freeway.
I have 15,000 miles on my 500. One hundred mile commute each day on Long Island Exprssway and New Jersey Turnpike. Sixty five MPH is NO problem. Stable and secure. Anyone who says this is just a city car is just making an assumption based upon its size. And they are wrong.
The 500 has no problem running on the highway. So it can do either mode, but it really excels in the modern reality of heavy traffic all day anywhere around a metropolitan area. I see people in muscle cars making a lot of noise, but there is no way they can put any real distance between me and them.
I think that the question refers to city vs. country. When you live in a metro area, highway driving is a given. I'm more interested to see what Fiat/Chrysler does out in the Heartland. Is Rural America ready for the 500? And by "rural" I mean 150 miles or more from the closest dealership.
I drove it 8 hours yesterday, only 2 of them on the highway.
It doesn't mind the highway but it was no fun; just about put me to sleep.
It loves the twisties though. Nearly full-throttle .9-G hairpin turns, tires squealing, nausea-inducing white-knuckle mountain haring fun.
Dang. Gotta do it again!