Tops Off to the Italians for the 2013 Fiat 500c Lounge Cabrio



Don’t worry; I’m not referencing a topless beach in Capri, Italy, but rather hats off to Fiat, the manufacturer of the 500c Lounge Cabrio for making such an awesome car and to Fiat of Scottsdale for providing me the opportunity to test drive it. You can’t resist taking your top down on a super sexy and fun Fiat 500 convertible no matter what time of year.


For me, driving any convertible is a vacation in of itself. I own a 2002 Thunderbird convertible, and every chance I get, I put my top down (on the car) and enjoy the sounds, smells and freedom it evokes. I think convertibles are designed for certain types of car enthusiasts. I also believe that if you’ve never driven one or been a passenger in one, you have no idea what you’re missing. There is something so European and sort of “James Bond-ish” about a convertible car on the open roads or even on the Trader Joe’s parking lot. You shouldn’t make excuses such as your hair will get messed up (wear a hat), or maybe you are afraid of the sun exposure (wear sunglasses and SPF60) or you can’t hear your phone or stereo (pump the volume up). No excuses!

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High Heel Shifting

Just when I thought I had driven a cool FIAT, and established the Italians and every other country was coming in the 500L, I discovered another FIAT 500 in my driveway to test for a week. Fiat Turbo Full ViewNot a problem I thought, I am getting used to a smaller car and really liking the FIAT lineup.  I grabbed my purse, camera and a friend and headed to a Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Equipped with high heels and fake spray tan on my legs I proceeded to pull out of my driveway in reverse… hum where is reverse? Low and behold this is a stick shift 5-speed car.  Not only 5-speed but turbo (there was no indication on the exterior) so when I did shift in to” R” the FIAT took off like a rocket.  I pulled over and took off my heels replacing them with slippers I keep in my purse.  When you drive a clutch and brake and accelerator pedal it does havoc with your heels and your calf portion spray tan disappears (don’t ask).

FIAT 500 HeelsThe Fiat 500 lineup has been expanding since the day it was born, now offering a convertible, sport Abarth version and the new 2013 500 Turbo which is the best of both the standard car and the sizzling hatchback.  So I say this 500 T is for the person who wants something a little faster than the regular 500 but doesn’t want to spend the $22,000 for the Abarth.  The Fiat 500 Turbo has a MSRP is $19,500.  Let’s just say the guys will change their mind about 500’s are for “girls”.  The 500 T has low front fenders, 16-inch aluminum wheels complete with red brake calipers, blacked out headlight with black bezels and a spoiler that gave the 500 Turbo and edgier look compared to its sisters.

I am not in to the exhaust notes or tunes my male counterparts love to talk about but I have to admit I liked pulling away from a light next to a guy driving an Infiniti who look down his nose at me and not for the distance between him and me but the expectations of my racing ability.  Wow was he shocked because once you get the groove of shifting you can leave em in the dust.

The 500T is equipped with a Beats by Dre 368-watt audio system which made listening to my music a complete experience that kept me driving to make sure I heard the end of each song.  Of course if I didn’t listen to any music I could start to like the exhaust “tunes”.

My fuel economy registered at 27 City and 33 highway which is less than the regular 500 gets but about the same as the Abarth.

I say this Fiat T would make a good commuter car and a fun vehicle to take anywhere.  I was driving so smoothly that I put my high  heels back on and was thrilled to see I didn’t lose a bit of my spray tan. For all these reasons I would say this was a car worth shifting for.


Vehicle Tested:  $24,500


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