The Fiat 500 Hatchback is very affordable, offering lots of features on the base model, making it a good value.
While the length and width are slightly smaller than the competition, four extra inches of height adds headroom for passengers.
The manual transmission engine gets excellent miles per gallon - 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.
With an overall National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rating of only three stars - only two on side crash tests - safety is a significant concern with the Fiat 500 Hatchback.
The Fiat 500 Hatchback's reliability has not yet been tested, making long-term maintenance and repair costs a wild card.
The automatic transmission, most Americans' preference, loses 3-4 miles per gallon, making it less efficient than the competition.
Any headroom gained by the additional four inches of height is lost when a sunroof is added.