Fiat 124 Spider Lusso

The 124 isn't unique - with so many parts and similarities to the Miata, you have to wonder why Fiat even bothered.  Well, I'm glad they did!  I had a blast in this car, even though I predicted I wouldn't right when I first looked at this thing.

The power wasn't anything major, the styling is just ok, but honestly nothing can replace that fun feeling of a convertible just zipping around everybody. If you get the chance to drive one of these, don't snub your nose - just go do it.  Drop the top, fire it up and see what you think. I highly recommend you don't go race a Corvette or Focus RS - you will definitely lose.  This car is perfect for half the year here in Ohio, the other half you need to park it. 

Below, you'll see my hour spent in the car, condensed down for your enjoyment.  I was able to test out the Lusso model, which is top end in comfort, not performance.  I really want to drive the Abarth version some day.... Call me Fiat, please.  Also, I would prefer a manual in this guy.  For the full picture, watch the video below and hopefully you will be as surprised as I was.  

 

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Off-Road in the Renegade

The Jeep has always had a special place in my heart.  As I have mentioned in previous posts and videos, it was my first car.  I had a 1987 Wrangler and it just had a certain feel to it; allowing you do take the top down and at the same time crawl over end of the world debris and floods.  Now every single day, you don't need this capability, but everybody wants some comfort now.

The current Jeep Wrangler has a similar feel, but the Renegade has shown up as a smallish option built on a Fiat chasis that can still do all the big boy stuff and also fit into a cheaper rental car fleet.  I had a chance to drive one through a short off-road course, nothing overly difficult, but it gave me the feeling of fun in a Jeep again.  I really enjoyed this thing and highly recommend you check them out.  You will be paying Jeep prices, which means more than your normal small SUV/crossover, but at the same time this thing is loaded with easter eggs and Jeep heritage - which has to be worth a little something extra, right?

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