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​500L Recognized for ‘Best Economic Performance’ Among Wagons

Aug 13, 2018 - The Automotive Science Group (ASG) found that the 2018 Fiat 500L offers the best value and economic performance of any model year 2018 wagon in its 2018 Automotive Performance Index study, naming it “Best Economic Performance” vehicle.

According to ASG’s annual study, the 500L is the lowest-priced vehicle in its class with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,995.

On top of its affordable purchase price, in ASG’s data-driven automotive assessment, the vehicle also scored as the lowest cost of ownership when considering operating costs across the first 6.5 years of its life cycle. On average, the life cycle for a new-car buyer is approximately 87,594 miles.

ASG also found the 500L takes advantage of vehicle light-weighting strategies that maximize operational efficiency, coming in as the lightest vehicle architecture in its class and 590 pounds less than the average vehicle in its competitive segment. Less resources translate into a reduced environmental footprint, increased operational efficiency and reduced life-cycle operating costs.

2018 Fiat 500L, interior2018 Fiat 500L, interior

”The Fiat 500L stood out in the 2018 ASG study with its best-in-class economic performance, holding the lowest retail price and operating costs in a hyper-competitive segment” Colby Self, managing director at ASG, said.

The 500L’s significant weight advantage, combined with its best-in-class retail price and a fuel economy rating that is on par with its more expensive counterparts, led to a combined total cost savings of 35 percent over the initial 6.5 years of vehicle ownership, when compared with the average vehicle in its class.

The 2018 Fiat 500L includes a new front and rear fascia design, bodyside molding design, wheel designs, daytime running light lens and rear-side reflector design.

Inside, a revamped interior adds to customer convenience and ease of use with features that include:

  • Thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display
  • Improved center console with relocated cup holders, new gear shifter and new parking brake handle

  • Additional USB port
  • LED interior ambient lighting
  • New steering wheel and HVAC control knob positions

New technology features include the Uconnect 4 system standard on all 2018 Fiat 500L models, which includes a 7-inch display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, as well as the ParkView rear backup camera delivering additional driver convenience.

The 2018 Fiat 500L is available in Fiat studios now.

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