Fiat 500e is Priced at $22,500 After Incentives in California

Fiat 500e is Priced at $22,500 After Incentives in California

When Fiat shocked the electric vehicle world with its 500e pricing announcement, attention turned to comparing it to other plug-in vehicles, including the Nissan LEAF and upcoming Chevy Spark EV.

Fiat 500 Lounge Base MSRP Starts at $18,500, but When Equipped Comparably to the 500e, its Price Jumps Over $22,000

Fiat 500 Lounge Base MSRP Starts at $18,500, but When Equipped Comparably to the 500e, its Price Jumps Over $22,000

But lost in the hoopla was a comparison we'd say is more worthy of headlines.  It was Fiat who first pointed out this comparison, but the automaker only focused on price, stating:

“The Fiat 500e is priced at $32,500, which includes a $700 destination charge. However, eligible California residents may be able to purchase the 500e for as low as $20,500, after federal credits, state incentives and FIAT rebates are included. That’s about $200 less than the current starting price of a comparably-equipped Fiat 500 Lounge with a gas engine.”

There's more to a vehicle than price alone, right?  How 'bout comparing horsepower figures?  MPGe versus MPG?  Maybe 0 to 60 mph times?  Here we dive into the details in an attempt to compare the $32,500 (prior to incentives) Fiat 500e to a similarly equipped $21,000-ish Fiat 500 Lounge.

Fiat 500e Specs:

500e is Environmentally Sexy

500e is Environmentally Sexy

Horsepower: 111 hp

Torque: 147 pound-feet

Estimated 0 to 60 mph: 9.1 seconds

Range: EPA Estimated 87 miles

MPGe: 122 city, 108 highway

 

Fiat 500 Lounge Equipped With Automatic Transmission:

Fiat 500 Lounge Isn't as Environmentally Sexy

Fiat 500 Lounge Isn't as Environmentally Sexy

Horsepower: 101 hp

Torque:  98 pound-feet

Listed o to 60 mph: 9.4 Seconds

Range: Up to 314 miles

MPG: 27 city, 34 highway

Both vehicles can be purchased or leased for roughly the same price.  One, the Fiat 500e, is only available initially in California, while the other, the 500 Lounge, is a nationwide offering.  But with all the comparo specs now in hand, which of the two vehicles reigns supreme?  The answer, if you exclude range or if that's not an issue for you, is obvious.  Don't you think?