Retro looks, easy to use, simple to own, fun to drive. One of a scant few options if you wish to buy something small, affordable and rear-wheel drive. Fiat has done a reasonably convincing job of making the its own, too. There are loads of colour choices, too. While the MX-5 comes with soft- and hard-top options, the sticks with a nice simple, manual soft-top.
2020 Fiat 124 Spider
Fiat Spider Review, Pricing, and Specs
The X enters with a few small updates, and it's the last Fiat standing in the US. Congratulations, X. You're the last Fiat standing in the automaker's US portfolio, following an announcement on Wednesday that the Spider and L crossover are officially dead. We always affectionately referred to the Spider as the Fiata, since the roadster shared the majority of its underpinnings with the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Fiat 124 Spider and 500L discontinued for 2021, only the 500X remains
Largely based on the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster, and manufactured alongside the MX-5 at Mazda's Hiroshima plant ,   the shares its platform, mechanicals, interior and top mechanism with the MX-5 — it is distinguished by an FCA engineered and manufactured turbocharged Multiair engine, uniquely tuned shock absorbers, unique exterior styling and slightly increased length and cargo capacity over the MX The nameplate and exterior styling details recall the Pininfarina -designed Fiat Sport Spider , manufactured from to The companies would "develop two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand specific, lightweight roadsters featuring rear wheel drive", with the two variants offering proprietary engines unique to each brand.
No matter what you think of how it came about or how it looks, the Spider is a good idea. Twin bonnet bulge is a hat-tip to the original Spider, which grew them organically to house bigger engines Matt Prior Editor-at-large. Instead, Mazda resurrected the roadster as a real sales force, shifting a million MX-5s globally while cars like the Fiat Barchetta and Alfa Romeo Spider eventually wilted on the vine. So who better for Fiat to partner up with than the Japanese firm when it came looking for someone to share the cost of producing a bespoke rear-drive platform a decade later?