Overview (Final Score: B)

For 2017 Fiat brought an all-new Spider, resurrecting the popular 124 roadster from its recent past. With a few nostalgic homages to its past, the new 124 Spider is a modern take that retains the fun driving nature of its namesake.

Underneath the Fiat skin is a Mazda Miata, but that doesn’t mean that the Fiat 124 is just a reskinned MX-5. Fiat put their own drivetrain under the bonnet and retuned the suspension for a more upscale appeal. Inside, the Fiat 124 Spider is far more sophisticated in materials quality than its Miata cousin, but retains some Miata quirks like the stick-up infotainment and oddly-rounded square dashboard.

All of this adds up to a 2017 Fiat 124 Spider that is a mixture of new and familiar. It’s a good mix and it makes for a fun vehicle in almost any driving situation.

What We Love About the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider:

  • Beautiful and stylish exterior
  • Smart interior for the price point
  • Lots of fun to drive on all counts

 

What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider:

  • Tiny trunk with very little room
  • Infotainment not up to par with other FCA vehicles
  • Untested reliability and safety

 

You can learn more about the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider now, in the FULL CAR REVIEW HERE.

 

2017 Fiat 124 Spider and 1968 Fiat 124 Spider

2017 Fiat 124 Spider and 1968 Fiat 124 Spider

 

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