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2014 Fiat 500L (North American Market)
The 500L is a five-door sub-compact minivan with seating for five and looks that borrow styling cues from the smaller 500 city car, though, we’ll leave it to you to decide if Fiat’s cosmetic approach is successful.
Based on the Italian firm’s new “small-wide” architecture, the 500L offers 26 inches more length, plus 6 inches more in height and width over the 500 hatchback, resulting in 42 percent more interior space, according to Fiat.
The North American model is powered by the same 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir four-cylinder engine found in 500 Abarth, which produces 160-horsepower and 184 lb.-ft of peak torque. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed dual dry clutch transmission (DDCT) that drive the front wheels.