The 2014 Fiat 500L goes on sale this weekend, and it starts at $19,900 including an $800 destination fee. That's about even with a 2013 Ford Focus hatchback but less than a Mazda3 hatch, a four-door Volkswagen Golf or a Mini Countryman.
The price gets you a stick-shift 500L Pop, which comes well-equipped. Standard features include chrome door handles, power accessories with remote entry and one-touch windows all around, a tailgate spoiler, manual air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and manual height-adjustable seats for the driver and front passenger. It also includes cruise control and a 5-inch touch-screen stereo with USB/iPod compatibility, steering-wheel audio controls and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.