2013 Fiat 500 T Sport Hatchback Sporty Cute Economy, Italian Style>

When was the last time someone told you that you looked cute? Well, if you were a 2013 Fiat 500T Sport Hatchback, you’d get that compliment on a regular basis. So it stands to reason that if you were driving one…you too would be cute — by association! Hmmm.

As we ‘re all well aware, those Italians know their style, and that holds true whether you’re talking about shoes, handbags or cars. Take a test drive in this 500T and you’ll feel pretty Gucci nestled in the leather-trimmed sport seats. Our tester had a classy Verde-Azzurro (blue-green) gloss finish, accessorized by sexy 16-inch aluminum wheels and low-profile tires to complement its tight sport suspension.
Let’s take a quick detour from high fashion to talk about the joyful driving experience delivered by this handsome Hatchie. Thanks to its diminutive body size, the Fiat’s 1.4 liter 16-valve Multi-Air® Turbo engine puts out more than enough horsepower to send this nimble little Italian singing down the highway without much effort. Along the way, you’ll be singing the praises of fuel economy numbers like — up to 34 MPG highway and up to 31 MPG combined city/highway.

Adding to the fun frenzy was the 500T’s 5-Speed heavy-duty manual transmission that truly captured the feel of a sports car. Whether you’re shifting up to merge onto the freeway…or downshifting to dive into a sharp curve, this retro-styled champion feels responsive and positive. When it’s time to have to slow down, the 500T’s anti-lock 4-wheel disc performance brakes are very efficient.

It’s no surprise that the 2013 Fiat 500T’s good looks go beyond skin deep. And that beauty not only translates into ergonomic comfort, but also smart functionality. The 50/50 split fold-down leather trimmed rear seating provides passenger /cargo carrying versatility. Italians love their leather. For the lucky pilot, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel (with tilt steering column) and leather shift knob achieve a sense of style and tactile control. Additional interior perks included a SiriusXM Satellite radio linked to a Beats™ Audio 6 Premium Speaker system, a TomTom® Navigation System with BLUE&ME (Bluetooth connectivity), plus an automatic temperature controlled AC system. It all adds up to cool.
While many drivers tend to shy away from sub-compacts because of safety concerns, Fiat has done a nice job of allaying those fears. The 500T’s advanced multi-stage front airbags, supplemental front seat mounted side airbags, supplemental side curtain front and rear airbags, driver inflatable knee-bolster airbag, front seat reactive head restraints, electronic stability control, and LATCH Ready child seat anchor system together earned this hatchback the designation of Top Safety Pick in 2012. Do you have a little Italian in you? The 2013 Fiat 500T is a fast easy way to get some!

Photographed, test driven by Christina Selter (Betty & Princess dog models)