EPA Releases Fiat 500 Fuel Economy Ratings

Today, the little Fiat 500 hatchback has been given its fuel economy ratings and needless to say, they’re pretty impressive, at least for one transmission.

The 500 has just gotten its fuel economy scores from the Environmental Protection Agency, as it prepares to be launched by March. The 2012 500 with a five-speed manual transmission will be able to get 30 miles per gallon city and 38 on the highway for a combined average of 33 miles per gallon. That will place the Fiat in the same company as the Mini Cooper and the Ford Fiesta.

The six-speed automatic version of the Fiat 500 is a bit of a letdown to say the least. The vehicle that is expected to be the largest seller for Fiat is only able to get 27 miles per gallon city and 34 on the highway. Now, had this been a sedan that would have been mighty impressive, but for a small hatchback it certainly is not. The automatic 500 has a combined average of 30 miles per gallon, where as the Cooper and Fiesta beat it out by 3 miles per gallon.

The manual Fiat 500 has already hit the production line, while the automatic version started its life on January 24. Dealers should expect to see the cute little car arrive on their lots sometime in March and a full inventory is expected by April, just in time for spring.

The 500 comes in three trim levels: the entry level Pop is $15,995, while the Sport version comes in at $17,995. The top of the line Lounge version will start at $19,995, a little pricey for such a small car. Fiat believes that the Sport model will be the largest seller.

Each model comes with a 1.4-liter engine with 101 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque.

Fiat currently has 130 dealers in its arsenal but only 50 will be up and running in March, with the others slated to join by the end of the year.

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