The New Fiat 124 Spider

The Fiat Spider is a lightweight, two-seat convertible sports car that is easy to maneuver and fun to drive. This car, rated #4 in sports cars by US News and World Report, comes in four versions--Classica, Lusso, Abath and Lusso Red Top. US News cites the Spider's easy-to-fold convertible top, its agility and easy handling and its great gas mileage as its best assets. The only downside this noted about this car is that it might be a tight fit for tall adults. However, that can be said of most sports cars.


What type of engine does the Fiat Spider use?

The Fiat Spider comes with a turbocharged, 1.4L, four-cylinder engine that delivers 155 hp.


What about the transmission?

The spider comes with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.


What type of gas mileage can I expect with the Fiat Spider?

Like the Mazda Miata, the Spider's light weight makes it a good car for gas mileage. According to the EPA, this car should average 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.


What colors does the spider come in?

The Fiat Spider is available in metallic gray, black, silver, dark blue, bronze and red. Interior color choices include black cloth, black leather or red leather. The soft top is black on all models except for the Lusso red top (where it is red). Black Recaro leather seats are also available on the Abarth model.


What type of entertainment options are included on the Spider?

As if driving the Spider isn't entertainment enough, the 2019 edition comes with an AM/FM radio with a 7" display screen, satellite radio, wireless cell phone connectivity, an MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack. Optional features include a nine-speaker Bose audio system and a built-in navigation system. Two of these speakers are located in each of the headrests, so you can still listen to your favorite music with the top down.


Can you tell me a little about this car's safety features?

Fiat doesn't scrimp on safety with the Spider. This vehicle comes with a standard rear back up camera, driver and passenger airbags, a steel safety frame, a patented suspension system to helps to reduce rollovers, daytime running lights, brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control. Optional safety features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a rear park assist system, rear cross path detection, a security alarm, and a universal garage door opener.


What are a few of the Spider's specs?

The Fiat Spider weighs just 2,436 pounds. It measures 159.6" long, 68.5" wide and 48.5" high. The wheelbase is 90.9" and the trunk has a capacity of 4.9 cubic feet (the most room of any car in its class).


What are a couple of the highlights of this car's interior?

In addition to the entertainment features, the Spider comes with air conditioning, heated leather or cloth seats, aluminum accent sports brake and accelerator pedals, a keyless start system, cruise control, auto-off headlights, an adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel, and power door locks.


What are a couple of the highlights of this car's exterior?

In addition to the soft top, the outside of the Spider features optional adaptive LED headlamps, 16" aluminum tires painted silver, a rear window defroster, power heated side mirrors, optional LED daytime running lights, optional headlamp washers, and an optional automatic headlamp leveling system.


How much does the Fiat Spider cost?

The MSRP for the Classica version of the Spider is $24,995. The Lusso starts at $27,595. The Abarth version starts at $28,295, and the Lusso red top starts at $31,440. All Fiat Spiders come with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a four-year/50,000 mile powertrain warranty.


What's new for the Spider in 2019?

Not a lot has been added to the Spider for 2019. The exception is the addition of a backup camera as standard equipment as required now on all new vehicles.

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