Yes, the 2014 Fiat 500L comes with a choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The automatic is standard on the top-line 500L Lounge; it's a $1,350 option on the Easy and Trekking, and not available on the base Pop.

Fiat expects the majority of buyers will choose the automatic on the four-door, five-passenger 500L hatchback. In contrast, about half of the smaller, two-door 500 models are sold with a manual, in part because the performance-oriented Turbo and Abarth models are available only with stick shift.

The 500L uses the same 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder as the Abarth, but it is quieter and more refined in the 500L, which is geared for family duty instead of spirited driving. Because of its larger dimensions and greater passenger and cargo space, the 500L is more practical than the two-door 500 and has a more conventional interior design.

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Answered by Rick Popely on October 25, 2013 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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