Experts at Cars.com has named the new Fiat 124 Spider as the “Best New Convertible” of 2017 and they’ve nominated it for the Best Of 2017 award.
Sure, some can’t help comparing the new 124 Spider to the Mazda MX-5 Miata and pinpointing every shared detail between the models, but the judges at Cars.com were able to look past that and admire the changes that Fiat has made.
The 124 Spider’s exterior design, 1.4-liter’s engine note and drive characteristics ultimately won them over and secured its place as a Best Of 2017 nominee.
“Look at this thing: It's pretty. Next, drop the top, rev the engine, listen to the sweet 1.4-liter engine, find a twisty road and see if your cares disappear with the wind. We're betting they will, and that's why the Fiat 124 Spider is our Best New Convertible of 2017.”
Even without the Best New Convertible award, the 124 spider’s 160 horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter engine is still winning over customers. In a span of five months, from July to November of 2016, 2475 Spiders were sold in the United States alone and 238 in Canada.
The winner of the Best of 2017 award will be announced in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show and the 124 Spider will be competing against the likes of Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Sportage, Genesis G90, Chevrolet Bolt EV, and GMC Acadia.