Recall Alert: 2014 Fiat 500L


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 18,100 model-year 2014 versions of the Fiat 500L.

The Problem: According to the automaker, Chrysler received reports that some vehicles equipped with the automatic transmission were not consistently shifting out of Park and not shifting into other gears in a timely fashion. "The investigation discovered the function of one microcontroller component may be compromised by certain temperature extremes. A software update resolves the issue," the automaker said in a statement. No accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will upgrade the vehicle's transmission software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Fiat 500L Fits Families Just Fine


I recently had a stint in the 2014 Fiat 500L with my family, which includes a 6-foot-2 husband and three growing daughters ages 9, 11 and 13. I wasn't expecting much more than a fun and novel week driving something instantly recognizable, but the truth is that the 500L is much more functional for families than one would think.

In a world full of large, practical SUVs that start to look and feel the same, I really enjoyed previous weeks in both the Fiat 500c and the 500 Abarth. I was concerned that the 500L would sacrifice the fun factor and uniqueness of the little Fiats, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only does it look great in the flesh, but it also proved to be very practical. While some of its competitors in the "cute little car" market have grown without gaining significant, practical everyday space (Mini Countryman, anyone?), the 500L is an exception.

By Kristin Varela | December 26, 2013 | Comments (6)

2014 Fiat 500L: Family Checklist


The "L" in Fiat's 2014 500L could stand for love. My family and I loved the 500L for lots of reasons. It's comfortable, flexible and rather family-of-four friendly. I didn't see that coming in this not-so-little hatchback.

First of all, the 500L — the L stands for large — has a fun look. On paper, my test car's dark gray metallic paint job wouldn't seem exciting, but in person, the optional white-colored roof ($500) made the gray color look sporty and modern. The design of Fiat's 500 is echoed in the L; it still has the nifty round headlights and taillights, smiley grille and bubbly shape. It's longer and wider than its 500 sibling and kind of breadbox-shaped, but this allows for easy loading and unloading not just of people but of stuff, too.

By Sara Lacey | October 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The 2014 Fiat 500L moved up through the ranks since last week to land in the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-watched videos. Two other holdovers from last week, the 2014 Toyota Tundra and 4Runner, checked in at Nos. 2 and 3, while newcomer the 2013 Infiniti M35h debuted in fourth. Check out what was popular:

1. 2014 Fiat 500L
2. 2014 Toyota Tundra

3. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
4. 2013 Infiniti M35h
5. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge

By Matt Schmitz | August 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Fiat 500L Video reviewer Kelsey Mays says the 2014 Fiat 500L might be just what car buyers are looking for in a small four-door hatchback. This longer, wider and taller offshoot of the Fiat 500 boasts easy entry and exit, comfortable and versatile rear-passenger seating and impressive cargo space. However, driver comfort is debatable, negotiating curvy roads feels clumsy and the premium-fuel-for-best-results necessity is annoying. Watch the video above and see if you agree with Mays that the 500L's overall value outshines its shortcomings.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 7, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Fiat 500L: Car Seat Check

Not only does Fiat's new compact crossover have loads of quirky style, it's also roomier than it looks. The 2014 500L is an enlarged version of the automaker's tiny 500, and those extra inches really matter. The new L easily seats five passengers, and exposed Latch anchors make it car-seat-friendly.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Fiat 500L: Test Car Gallery


In his critique of the 2014 Fiat 500L, reviewer Kelsey Mays says the drivability and refinement of this new enlarged four-door hatchback could solidify its position among European compacts sought by U.S. buyers. Our test metallic gray 500L Easy model with a black interior and cloth seats started at $20,995, including an $800 destination charge. Its turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and has an estimated fuel economy of 25/33 mpg city/highway. The hatchback included two options packages, as well as $350 heated front seats and a white roof for $500, which brought the total to $23,245, including destination.

Standard equipment inside included active head restraints, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, hill start assist, a rear window defroster, Bluetooth connectivity, a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a leather-wrapped shift knob. Outside, the 500L came with 16-inch aluminum wheels, daytime running headlamps, heated power mirrors and deep-tinted glass.

By Matt Schmitz | July 19, 2013 | Comments (1) Reviews the 2014 Fiat 500L

The larger version of Fiat's 500 hatchback shares the little guy's sense of style but delivers a whole lot more, says reviewer Kelsey Mays. The 2014 Fiat 500L offers added passenger and cargo utility, a more pleasant driving experience and a surprising amount of value compared to its siblings, Mays says.

2014 Fiat 500L Review

By Jennifer Geiger | July 10, 2013 | Comments (11)

2014 Fiat 500L: First Drive


It took BMW's Mini nine years to birth a four-door sibling to the Cooper hatchback in the Countryman, part of an Octomom-like propagation that dealt us two- and four-seat convertibles, a coupe, a panel wagon, two more hatchbacks, an electric-car test program and the Countryman.

2014 Fiat 500L Photo Gallery

Chrysler-Fiat is on its way there. The 2014 Fiat 500L, on sale this weekend, is a larger four-door version of the original 500 — which, in just the second model year since the company's U.S. return, has already spawned a convertible 500C, an all-electric 500e and now the four-door 500L.

Unlike the Minis, which share the same interior and (more or less) driving experience, the 500L is significantly different inside and on the road compared to its two-door sibling.

By Kelsey Mays | June 15, 2013 | Comments (13)

2014 Fiat 500L Photo Gallery reviewer Kelsey Mays delivered his First Drive of Fiat's new, extended version of the 500, simply called the 500L, and was impressed.

2014 Fiat 500L First Drive

He tested most trim levels and both transmissions offered in the still relatively small hatchback and snapped quite a few photos of both the Lounge and Pop versions. We're still not sure what held him back from getting that Easy trim, though.

Trim level names aside, these photos illustrate just how significantly different the 500L is from the 500 two-door.

By David Thomas | June 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

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