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8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: N/A
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2017 FIAT 124 Spider Review

With agile handling, supportive seats, and a good predicted reliability rating, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider sits near the top half of our sports car rankings. However, this two-seater will leave tall folks feeling cramped.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • Tight seats for tall people

2017 FIAT 124 Spider Overview

Is the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is definitely a good choice if you’re in the market for a sports car. In fact, we named this drop-top roadster our 2017 Best Sports Car for the Money for its combination of value and quality. 

As one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in the class, the 124 Spider boasts sporty handling and precise steering. It also has good gas mileage estimates and an above-average predicted reliability rating. That said, tall passengers might feel cramped in this roadster.

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To give you a complete overview of the 2017 124 Spider – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 12 Fiat 124 Spider reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

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How Much Is the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider?

Based on over 150 listings on our site for the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, prices range from $18,800 to $26,400. The average list price is $23,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Cost to Own?

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider's estimated five-year costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $25,720. By comparison, five-year cost estimates for the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata are roughly $23,140, and 2017 Ford Mustang’s are $27,750.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 124 Spider?

Fiat made no major changes to the 2018 124 Spider, so we recommend opting for the practically identical and cheaper 2017 model.

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The 2018 Subaru BRZ’s starting price is almost $2,600 higher than the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider’s average price. The base BRZ has a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, responsive handling, seating for up to four, and a little more trunk space.

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Which Model Year of the Fiat 124 Spider Is Best?

After a hiatus of over three decades, the Fiat 124 made its return for the 2017 model year.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider?

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider has no safety recalls.

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Which Used Fiat 124 Spider Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider comes in three trims: Classica, Lusso, and Abarth. In terms of features, the base Classica trim is pretty limited with a four-speaker audio system, a 3-inch display, Bluetooth, a manual soft top, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and remote keyless entry.

Consider the Spider Lusso trim if your budget allows. It comes with a 7-inch touch-screen display, HD Radio, a control knob for the infotainment system, heated leather-trimmed seats, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights, and fog lights.

The Abarth trim offers the most athletic performance of the 124 Spider lineup. It produces a little more horsepower, and it has a performance suspension system for a more engaging ride and improved handling. Inside, the Abarth features a sport steering wheel and leather-trimmed sport seats.

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Certified Pre-Owned Fiat 124 Spider Warranty

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned vehicle for added peace of mind. However, Fiat’s CPO program offers fewer benefits and coverage than rival brands. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Fiat extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 80,000 miles. There are restrictions related to coverage, so read the Fiat warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the 124 Spider?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not perform crash safety tests on the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. Available safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider or 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 124 Spider share the same platform. Although these two-seaters offer similar space and fuel economy, they have different engines, suspensions, and styling. The Miata feels more engaging around turns, and the 124 Spider’s smoother ride makes it more of a touring sports car. Test drive both to see which one matches your driving style.

Which Is Better: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider or 2017 Ford Mustang?

The 2017 Ford Mustang is another highly ranked sports car. Its potent engines all produce much more power than the 124 Spider's lone power plant. Ford’s pony car also offers more passenger and cargo space than the Fiat. That said, the 124 Spider is a better option if you're looking for adept handling, a lower average list price, and good fuel economy. These two are pretty close in our rankings, so pick the one that matches your priorities.

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2017 124 Spider Performance

How Does the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Drive?

A 160-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. Despite some turbo lag, this little Italian two-seater scoots around with ease. Abarth models are equipped with the same engine, but they squeeze out an additional 4 horsepower. All models come standard with rear-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission delivers precise shifts, and the available six-speed automatic transmission helps reduce turbo lag.

Does the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider delivers 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission and 25/36 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission. These are great ratings in the class.

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2017 124 Spider Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 124 Spider Seat?

The 124 Spider's stylish cabin has seating for two. The seats are comfortable, but taller passengers may wish for more room. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated leather-trimmed sport seats are available.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Features

Standard features include a 3-inch display, a four-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth. The top trims offer features like push-button start and an infotainment system with a control knob, a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker premium audio system, HD Radio, and satellite radio. The 124’s available infotainment system is essentially the same as the one in the Mazda Miata.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Dimensions

Fiat 124 Spider Cargo Space

There’s 4.9 cubic feet of trunk space in the 124 Spider. That’s enough space for a few grocery bags, and it’s a little more room than the Mazda Miata offers.

2017 124 Spider Length and Weight

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is approximately 13.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,430 to 2,520 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Built?

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider was built in Japan.

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