It has been two years since Fiat returned to American shores with its 500 mini hatchback. For 2014, Fiat is expanding its presence and its size with a new model, the Fiat 500L. The “L” stands for large, at least when compared to the standard Fiat 500.
It is still a small car, but the vehicle’s utility has been expanded dramatically with the addition of 27 inches in length and 6 inches in height. There are now two more doors – for a total of five – and increased cargo space. The amount of available room behind the rear seats has doubled. There’s more luggage space as well: up to 45 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded.
The technology in the cabin has been updated too. There’s a new set of gauges as well as a new infotainment system which features a 5-inch touchscreen, text message reader, audio streaming and a Bluetooth phone. A dual-panel sunroof, leather upholstery, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with a navigation system, a rearview camera and a six-speaker sound system are also available, in addition to several colors and exterior and interior trim combinations.
For power, the L will get a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine generating 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Drivers have their choice of a six-speed traditional manual transmission or an available six-speed automated manual transmission that routes power to the front wheels. This vehicle is capable of getting 31 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon during highway driving.
When it comes to safety, there is a seven airbag system, electronic stability control, and an available rear park assist camera that provides a wide-angle view of the area immediately behind the vehicle.
One of the smallest cars available on the market, the Fiat 500 Convertible is simply irresistible. Turning heads on the roadways and standing out in showrooms across the country, the stunning Fiat 500 mingles the brand’s inherent charm with a modernized flare. Despite the small stature of the Fiat 500, it features a Continue reading
GAP, or Guaranteed Auto Protection, insures a lessee from the difference between the cash value of the vehicle and the balance owed on the lease. In the event that the car is totaled or stolen, the lessee is covered for the cost of the vehicle.
With GAP, if you have an accident that totals the vehicle, you will not have to pay for the cost of the car. Because lease agreements typically have little to no down payment, the difference between what you have paid for the car and its worth is rather significant. GAP insurance is necessary to protect you from having to pay that difference. Continue reading
Whether you drive your car daily and reach the 3,000 to 4,000-mile mark every three months, or you simply use your car a few times a week, it is important to routinely change your oil. Follow the schedule in your manual or stick to the time-tested rule of once every three to four months.
Tracking the number of months that have passed is important, even if you don’t reach the mile mark. This is because the seldom use of your car causes the engine to heat up and then cool down for an extended period of time. This creates condensation accumulation in the oil cap which can cause potential engine problems in the future. Here are a few more tips on the importance of changing your car’s oil regularly:
You don’t have to be very car-savvy to stay on top of routine maintenance for your vehicle. Many of the required maintenance checks can be done in your own garage. If you are not comfortable performing routine maintenance at home, take your car into your Minneapolis FIAT dealer to have a trained technician take a look.
Maintaining your vehicle can be worry-free if you follow a few easy tips: