2019 Fiat 500X Simply when it appears the automotive industry has misplaced its means with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a easy automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this automotive has been the 2019 Fiat 500X.
Typically derided by enthusiasts as appliances, the no-frills commuter automotive gets the overwhelming majority of shoppers where they want to go within the manner they want to get there, safely and at a price. The 2019 Fiat 500X does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive business has gotten slightly nuts: the typical transaction value for a new automobile is greater than $37,000, in accordance with Kelley Blue Book. Easy guilty the automakers on this period of no accountability but we are the ones paying those massive costs for large automobiles loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For slightly below $23,000, the 2019 Fiat 500X places each greenback to purposeful use.
Even though it rides on a brand new platform, the 2019 Fiat 500X blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball sport. On closer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it seems to be more composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that attempted too hard to be completely different. The Fu Manchu front fascia is extra streamlined and less indignant, and the whole look is smoother front to back. However still, the one time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar touchdown gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The first-ever 2019 Fiat 500X within the US is built on Toyota’s twenty years of success with hybrid powertrains. It uses the identical Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Whole output with the fixed ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system uses exhaust heat to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats quicker, too, which could possibly be important for cold-weather shoppers cautious of the cold range loss in a plug-in hybrid or electric car.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot as the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a surprising little bit of pop. More importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg city, 52 mpg combined, same as hybrid versions of the Honda Perception, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids with out a plug, the 2019 Fiat 500X trails solely the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round city, with the electronically managed brake set in the drive mode, the 2019 Fiat 500X averaged more than 57 mpg in our week around city. Setting EV mode helps conserve energy below low throttle as much as about 20 mph, after which once more at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there may be enough cost in the battery.
The battery is positioned beneath the rear seat, so you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for an excellent load floor. Rear seat room is adequate sufficient to suit two teenagers, and total it felt roomy enough for a family of 4.
The only trim within the Hybrid comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.zero, with automated emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works both at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph down to a cease. It additionally comes with the eight-inch touch display screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster display to remain competitive.
Priced at only $three,000 greater than the 2019 Fiat 500X and $1,200 lower than a equally geared up Honda Perception (EX trim), the 2019 Fiat 500X is the superbly practical, remarkably cheap around-town car.
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