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2016 FIAT 500X Review

The 2016 Fiat 500X ranks in the top half of its class. The 500X has a stylish interior, easy-to-use tech features, and great safety ratings, but its coarse powertrain leaves something to be desired.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin
  • Simple infotainment system
  • Athletic handling
  • Coarse 2.4-liter engine
  • Unrefined nine-speed transmission

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 FIAT 500X's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money award. Currently the FIAT 500X has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
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2016 FIAT 500X Overview

Is the 2016 Fiat 500X a Good Used SUV?

The Fiat 500X is a solid pick if you’re shopping for a used subcompact SUV. The stylish 500X pleases with its quality interior and athletic driving dynamics. It also offers comfortable seats, a fair amount of cargo space, and available advanced safety features, like forward collision warning. Even so, the 500X is tough to recommend over top rivals like the 2016 Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, due to its unrefined engine and transmission.

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We’ve researched 20 Fiat 500X reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2016 Fiat 500X?

You can expect to pay between $11,700 and $18,900 for a used 2016 500X. These figures are based on over 550 listings for the 2016 Fiat 500X on our site. The average price is $14,600. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Fiat 500X Cost to Own?

The 500X’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $21,700 – or about $4,350 per year. That’s slightly better than average for the subcompact SUV class. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 has the lowest five-year costs in this class, at just $20,600.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 500X?

The 2018 500X starts at $19,995 and can top $27,000 in some trim levels. You can certainly save money by shopping for a used 2016 500X, especially if you want a base model. In fact, you’ll find the same engines and safety features with both model years. There are a few benefits to buying new, however. You’ll get the latest Uconnect infotainment system and have support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also won’t have to worry about questionable vehicle maintenance with a previous owner.

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On the other hand, you may want to consider the 2018 Kia Soul hatchback, which starts at just $16,200. The Soul doesn’t offer all-wheel drive like the Fiat, but it is quite stylish, packs more seating and cargo space, and has a more refined engine and transmission.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Fiat 500X?

The 500X has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Fiat 500X Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one safety recall for the 2016 500X. Fiat Chrysler has identified a fault with the 500X’s available nine-speed automatic transmission. It may shift into neutral unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Before buying a used 500X, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Fiat 500X Is Best?

Fiat launched the 500X as an all-new model for 2016. There were no major changes for 2017, other than small trim level adjustments. Sticking with a 2016 model will save you the most money, and you won’t have to sacrifice features. The 2018 500X adds a larger infotainment screen with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If these are must-have features, you’ll want to give this model a look.

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Which Used Fiat 500X Model Is Right for Me?

Fiat offers the 2016 500X in five trims: Pop, Easy, Trekking, Lounge, and Trekking Plus. The base model Fiat 500X Pop comes standard with a four-speaker sound system, USB and auxiliary ports, power windows and doors, cruise control, air conditioning, cloth seats, and remote keyless entry. The Fiat 500X Easy trim is a better option. It adds a 5-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, proximity keyless entry, remote start, and alloy wheels.

The 500X Trekking trim adds fog lights and a different bumper design. The Fiat 500X Lounge trim adds a 6.5-inch touch-screen navigation system, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Lastly, the 500X Trekking Plus trim adds blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and leather seats. Available features include rain-sensing wipers, a sunroof, a Beats sound system, and a suite of active safety features.

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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 date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Fiat extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Fiat warranty page carefully.

Fiat has one of the worst CPO programs among affordable carmakers, according to our analysis. Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, Honda, and Mazda are all better.

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How Safe Is the 500X?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Fiat 500X a Good safety rating in all areas tested and named it a 2016 Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest honor. The 2016 500X was not crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fiat offers the 500X with many advanced safety features, including an available rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning with brake assist, and lane departure warning.

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2016 Fiat 500X Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Fiat 500X or 2016 Chevrolet Trax?

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax shares some strengths with its Fiat rival. Both the Trax and 500X offer similar seating and cargo space, as well as user-friendly infotainment systems. Each also boasts great safety scores. Both crossover SUVs are quite maneuverable and very easy to park. The trade-off comes down to equipment and reliability. The Trax doesn’t offer a number of the 500X’s advanced safety features, but it does rate higher for reliability. Go with the Chevy.

Which Is Better: 2016 Fiat 500X or 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman?

The 2016 Mini Countryman, like the 500X, is a stylish pick in the class. Both crossover SUVs have retro-inspired interiors and sleek exterior designs. Both also offer comparable fuel economy. That said, while the 500X surely has its hiccups, the Mini has more. Its controls are awkwardly placed and difficult to use. It offers less cargo space and fewer safety features, and its projected ownership costs are much higher. Stick with the 500X.

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2016 500X Performance

How Does the 2016 Fiat 500X Drive?

The 2016 Fiat 500X has two available engines: a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a turbocharged, 160-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder. Both have drawbacks. The 2.4-liter engine feels strained under acceleration, and it’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that tends to up- and downshift much too often and occasionally clunks harshly into gear. The turbocharged engine has a bit more torque and provides zippier pickup. However, it’s only available with a six-speed manual transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard with both engines; all-wheel drive (AWD) is available.

The 500X isn’t quite as nimble as its smaller Fiat 500 sibling, but it is one of the more engaging SUVs in this class. The 500X feels stable around turns and is very maneuverable; its tight turning radius makes it a cinch to park. Its power steering is responsive and nicely weighted as well, and the brakes bring the SUV to a stop confidently. The 500X’s ride is a bit firm – especially when equipped with the larger available wheels – but it’s not uncomfortable.

Does the 2016 Fiat 500X Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 500X gets 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with its 1.4-liter engine, which is somewhat low by class standards. The 2.4-liter engine drops these fuel economy estimates even lower, to 22/30 mpg city/highway (21/29 mpg with AWD).

2016 Fiat 500X Towing Capacity

When equipped with the 2.4-liter engine and all-wheel drive, the 500X is rated to tow up to 1,000 pounds. Towing is not recommended with front-wheel-drive models.

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2016 500X Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 500X Seat?

The Fiat 500X is a 2-row SUV with seating for five. Its front seats are comfortable and provide a nice driving position. There’s ample headroom in both rows as well, though rear legroom is slim for tall passengers. The 500X’s large windshield offers good forward visibility. Side and rear visibility is hindered somewhat, due the SUV’s thick roof pillars. Cloth seats are standard; heated and leather seats are available. The 500X’s cabin mirrors its vibrant exterior, with a stylish dashboard design and interior materials that have a quality look and feel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Fiat 500X?

The 500X has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The IIHS gave the SUV’s LATCH system a Marginal rating for ease of use, noting that some of the anchors are hard to access and difficult to maneuver around.

2016 Fiat 500X Features

The 500X comes standard with a four-speaker stereo system, as well as USB and aux ports. Available features include a navigation system, 5- or 6.5-inch touch screens, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a Beats sound system. The audio and climate controls are arranged nicely on the dashboard, making these features easy to locate and use while driving. Both of the Uconnect touch screens are similarly straightforward and user-friendly.

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2016 Fiat 500X Dimensions

Fiat 500X Cargo Space

The 500X has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 50.8 cubic feet with its rear seats folded, which is about average for the subcompact SUV class.

2016 500X Length and Weight

The Fiat 500X is 14 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,967 to 3,278 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Fiat 500X Built?

The Fiat 500X was built in Melfi, Italy. The Jeep Renegade is also assembled at this factory.

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