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Rankings & Research

The 2018 FIAT 124 Spider ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Sports Cars category. Currently the FIAT 124 Spider has a score of 8.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 19 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 FIAT 124 Spider Review

The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider ranks in the middle of the competitive sports car class. It touts great driving dynamics and low projected ownership costs, but it has less passenger and cargo space than the competition. Many rivals also have better predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Zippy, fuel-efficient engine
  • Upscale interior
  • Snug headroom and legroom
  • Tiny trunk space

Is the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 124 Spider is a great option if you’re shopping for a used sports car.

The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider has many strengths:

  • Handsome two-seat interior with quality materials
  • Athletic handling and pleasant ride quality
  • Punchy turbocharged engine
  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Numerous available safety features
  • Below-average projected ownership costs for the segment
  • Low asking prices for used models

Its drawbacks are pretty typical for a convertible sports car, but they are worth considering:

  • Poor rear visibility when the soft top is up
  • Slim headroom and legroom for taller occupants
  • Small trunk

Give alternatives like the 2018 Subaru BRZ and 2018 Ford Mustang a look if you want a sports car with more trunk space. Both models also have rear seats, though they are best saved for kids.

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How Much Is the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider?

Based on listings for the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider on our site, the average price is $23,200, which is below average for the class. Prices range from $20,000 to $27,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Cost to Own?

The 124 Spider’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $25,900, or $5,180 per year. That’s lower than average for a sports car.

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

The price of a 2019 Fiat 124 Spider starts at around $25,200, but it can top $30,000 in its highest trim level. You can save money by shopping for a very similar 2018 or 2017 model instead. For 2019, a 7-inch touch screen and a rearview camera became standard (they were previously optional).

Read about the new Fiat 124 Spider »

Fiat launched the 124 Spider as an all-new model for 2017, and there were no major changes for the 2018 model year.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Fiat 124 Spider Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider:

  • Automatic transmission may downshift abruptly

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Fiat 124 Spider Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider is available in three trim levels: Classica, Lusso, and Abarth. All models have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, though the Abarth’s engine is tuned differently and produces an extra four horsepower and a bit more torque. The entry-level Classica trim is a decent pick for buyers on a tight budget. However, most shoppers will be happier with a Lusso or Abarth model, which include amenities like a touch screen and heated leather seats.

  • Fiat 124 Spider Classica: The base Classica trim comes standard with a 3-inch display, four speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, remote keyless entry, push-button start, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable seats, a manually operated soft top, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
  • Fiat 124 Spider Lusso: The midrange Lusso trim features a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, satellite radio, a rearview camera, proximity keyless entry, automatic climate control, heated leather seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, fog lights, and 17-inch wheels.
  • Fiat 124 Spider Abarth: The sporty Abarth trim includes a limited-slip differential, a strut tower brace, Bilstein performance suspension, and quad exhaust tips.

Available features are mostly limited to the Lusso and Abarth trims. These include a navigation system, a nine-speaker stereo, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, and heated side mirrors. The Abarth model is also available with Recaro sport seats and high-performance Brembo brakes.

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What Does Fiat’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Fiat offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Fiat extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Fiat warranty page carefully.

Rivals like Chevrolet and Mazda have more comprehensive programs than Fiat, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the 124 Spider?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • none

Available advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • rear parking sensors
  • adaptive pivoting and leveling headlights

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2018 Fiat 124 Spider Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Fiat 124 Spider or 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The Fiat 124 Spider has a lot in common with the 2018 Mazda MX-5. In fact, Mazda built both of these cars. Each has an elegant cabin, agile handling, and an impressive list of available safety features. However, engine performance sets these two apart. The MX-5 has a naturally aspirated four-cylinder that revs willingly. The Spider’s turbocharged four-cylinder has slower throttle response, but its extra torque gives the Fiat swifter off-the-line acceleration.

Other differences include body style and ride quality. The 124 Spider is available solely as a soft-top convertible, and it tends to soak up bumps more comfortably. The MX-5 comes with either a soft top or a power-retractable hard top, and it has a slightly firmer suspension. Test-drive both models to see which you prefer.

Which Is Better: 2018 Fiat 124 Spider or 2018 Toyota 86?

The 2018 Toyota 86 coupe is another option in the sports car segment. It’s similarly athletic and fun to drive, but despite having more power, it doesn’t feel as quick as the 124 Spider. It also gets worse fuel economy ratings and has fewer safety features. That said, the 86 may be the better option for most buyers. The Toyota has more cargo space, and it also has a pair of rear seats that can accommodate kids in reasonable comfort. Opt for the 86 if this practicality is important to you.

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2018 124 Spider Performance

How Does the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Drive?

The Fiat Spider is a blast to drive, especially on tight and twisting roads. The roadster feels stable around turns, its steering is light and responsive, and its brakes assertively bring the car to a stop. The 124 Spider also has an agreeable ride quality. The suspension gives drivers an accurate feel for changes on the road surface; bumps and dips transfer into the cabin, but the effect isn’t harsh.

All models are equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It produces a hearty amount of torque, and it hustles the 124 Spider around town and up to speed confidently. This engine is at its best when paired with the six-speed manual transmission, which rewards drivers with snappy gear changes and a light clutch pedal. The available six-speed automatic transmission is smooth, but it isn’t as fun to operate. It tends to upshift too frequently, which is good for fuel economy but not for passing power.

  • Engine: 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque (164 horsepower in the Abarth)
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmissions: standard six-speed manual; available six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 124 Spider gets good fuel economy for a sports car.

  • With manual: 26/35 mpg city/highway
  • With automatic: 25/36 mpg

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2018 124 Spider Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 124 Spider Seat?

The Fiat 124 Spider is a two-seat convertible. The seats are comfy and well-bolstered, providing fine support, even for longer road trips. The cabin is rather cramped, however. A 6-foot-tall driver and passenger can fit in reasonable comfort, but taller occupants will find head, leg, and elbow room to be snug. Road and wind noise are quite loud at highway speeds, though this is typical for small sports cars.

The Spider’s interior closely mirrors that of the 2018 Mazda Miata. The styling is minimalist and attractive, and many of the plastics and upholstered surfaces are soft to the touch. The manual soft top can be easily lowered or raised in just a few seconds. Rear visibility is poor with the top up.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • manually adjustable seats

Available seating features:

  • heated leather seats
  • bolstered Recaro sport seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider?

Like many two-seat sports cars, the 124 Spider does not have LATCH child car-seat connectors. While there is enough space for a child safety seat in the passenger seat, we don’t recommend installing a car seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Features

The 124 Spider comes with two different infotainment systems. The standard system found in Classica models has a 3-inch display with small buttons for the audio controls. Overall, the layout is awkward to use and hard to see in direct sunlight.

The available system with the 7-inch screen is also prone to sun glare, but its interface is more capable and user-friendly. There are a few ways to adjust its settings: You can touch the screen, use the knob and buttons on the center console, or use buttons on the steering wheel.

This system doesn’t include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. That said, Mazda dealerships are able to retrofit 124 Spider models with the hardware needed to run these infotainment systems.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 3-inch display, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and four speakers
  • Available infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a nine-speaker Bose stereo
  • Additional standard features: air conditioning, remote keyless entry, and push-button start
  • Other available features: automatic climate control and proximity keyless entry

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2018 Fiat 124 Spider Dimensions

Fiat 124 Spider Cargo Space

The 124 Spider has just 4.9 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s on par with the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Sports cars aren’t known for having a lot of cargo space, but competitors like the 2018 Ford Mustang and 2018 Dodge Challenger do have a lot more room.

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Length and Weight
  • Length: 13 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,436 to 2,516 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Built?

Mazda built the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider in Japan.

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