This just in…
Far be it from me to write something that might cause Car section comments dude Rogger to burst into tears (or flames) but here goes. I’ve been feeling a little down since getting my new Fiat 500. Because by giving up my Toyota Prius, I’m going from nearly 50 miles-per-gallon to 40 – if I’m lucky.
That is if I drive so slow bluehairs in 20 year-old K cars wanna run me off the road. I let my lead-footed Asian girlfriend drive the Fiat a few days and got just 36.8 mpg on my first tank. But I did get some good news today.
Kelly Blue Book came out with its Top 10 Green Cars and the little Fiat made the grade.
Of course the Prius still looms larger in the rankings as you can see, coming in at No. 3 versus the Fiat’s debut in the No. 9 slot. So the guilt isn’t quite going away. But it’s tempered by the fact that said girlfriend bought my Prius and is now more than doubling the paltry 28 mpgs she was getting with her
(or as my daughters say, Scooby Doo).
And while Fiat made the Top 10, Kelly Blue Book threw a caution flag:
"We wish the small Fiat and its little 101-horsepower engine could eek a couple more miles out of each gallon, but it’s still one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles available today – and pretty darn charming."
Now for the folks who have been stopping me and asking where they can buy a Fiat locally, here’s an update. Fiat of Olathe (aka Olathe Dodge) is running behind schedule on the construction of its new facility near 119th Street off I-35.
It was slated to open May 6th, but the word is it may not be ready until late summer / early fall.
Meaning if you want a new Fiat you’ll probably have to track an out-of-town dealer and bring it back.