Reviewing the Fiat 500By THE NEW YORK TIMES
In Sunday’s Automobiles section, Jerry Garrett reviews the Fiat 500, the first new model from the Italian brand to make American landfall in 25 years. Whereas Fiats exported to the United States in the ’70s and ’80s would sooner spend time in the shop than accelerating through the apex of a mountain curve, the 500 felt light and sporting in Mr. Garrett’s hands:
With the manual gearbox, the 500 can be a devilish little treat to drive: spunky, spirited and sporty. It was a hoot in town as I sawed through the gears, zipping in and out of traffic and happily tooting the horn, usually in response to admirers. The driving experience was enhanced by comfortable seating, good visibility, a thick-rimmed steering wheel and an armrest not found in European models.