March 22, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - After a thorough, in-depth evaluation by the staff at Autotrader, the 2016 Fiat 500X earned a Must Test Drive award.

“The Fiat 500X is a baby SUV that’s a bargain, but can feel like a luxury ride too,” said Autotrader. “This model has plenty of high-end options like rain-sensing wipers, a blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-path detection, all of which add to the premium feel.”

As the new crossover in the FIAT family, the 2016 Fiat 500X expanded the reach of the FIAT brand in North America by offering a unique combination of attainable Italian style, technology and advanced all-wheel-drive capability.

“The Fiat 500X is the brand’s first all-wheel-drive vehicle and continues to gain traction in the marketplace with sales up 52 percent last month,” said Olivier Francois, Head of FIAT Brand, FCA - Global. “In this ultra-competitive small crossover segment, we are honored to have the Fiat 500X receive the Autotrader 2016 Must Test Drive Award.”

The Autotrader Must Test Drive Awards ( is a uniquely consumer-driven awards program designed to highlight 10 vehicles that car shoppers must see to believe. Selected vehicles are ones that can change the way a consumer perceives the model or even the entire brand.

The awarded vehicles are chosen based on a diverse set of criteria outlined by Autotrader’s editorial experts, who log thousands of miles test driving the latest cars, trucks and SUVs on the road. Consideration is only given to vehicles that car shoppers can buy at the time of the award announcement; are of the current or next model year; have a base price under $75,000; offer significant value for the asking price; and scored no lower than a “four” on Autotrader’s five-point scale. With the seal of the Autotrader Must Test Drive Awards on them, these vehicles are truly unexpectedly good. 
About FIAT Brand
Celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2019, head-turning Italian design and the ultimate fun-to-drive factor come standard with every FIAT. That philosophy is embodied by the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Born in Italy and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is now sold in more than 100 countries.
In North America, the Fiat 500 was introduced in March 2011 and was soon followed by the Fiat 500c (Cabrio), the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e, the five-passenger Fiat 500L and the all-wheel-drive Fiat 500X crossover. The FIAT brand continued its expansion with the introduction of the Fiat 124 Spider, a revival of the iconic roadster that combines Italian style, performance and engaging driving dynamics. 

The FIAT brand now offers standard turbo powertrains that deliver at least 30 mpg across the entire product lineup.  

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