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2016 Fiat 500L Trekking review

The Fiat 500L normally looks like a dorky cloud on wheels, but if you switch the paint and rim

colors up -- maybe darker, or redder or both -- it looks way, way better. Still bubbly, and goofy maybe, but better. The interior has some character, but it’s not crazy loud or weird like some other Fiats, which is an improvement to me. I like the piano black accents. The seats are a little hard and flat; even when adjusting the lumbar I couldn’t quite get comfortable. There’s a ton of room, though. You do have to be OK with being stared at because this is a fishbowl with windows everywhere, including the panoramic sunroof. The 500L doesn’t feel slow. The throttle is sensitive -- which I don’t normally like -- but when it’s an underpowered car, it gives it at least a whiff of performance. You’ll still have to rev the crap out of it to get any real speed though. The six-speed auto is fine but unremarkable. The suspension doesn’t do the 500L any favors, nor does the steering feel. It’s floaty, there’s a decent amount of noise in the cabin from potholes, and the steering wheel effort has a rubbery feel to it. It also leans around standard turns ... God forbid if you hit an "S" curve. On the other hand, like I said, there’s a ton of space, a ton of headroom and gas mileage is good if you don’t floor it all the time. Still, I’m going with the Honda CR-V in this segment -- it does everything better, just give it some black wheels.
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