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Everyone raves about the 2017 FIAT 124 Spider Convertible. The staff here couldn’t look away, and one of our industry peers liked it so much they called it Best New Convertible of 2017. When all the experts are in agreement (which rarely happens), you know you’ve got a good thing going. The best new convertible of 2017 borrows largely from the Mazda Miata with some welcome new styling and all-around features.

What’s not to love? The two-seat roadster is decked out in the same classic Italian style that has become its hallmark, along with a reliable rear-wheel drive performance, and many of today’s top technology and safety features. The 2017 FIAT 124 Spider is built with a 1.4L MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine that puts out 160-hp with 184 lb-ft. of torque on the Classica and Lusso models. You can get the Abarth trim level with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, with slightly more horsepower.

Available technology, or “collections” as FIAT calls them, include a 7-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, HD radio and keyless entry, among others. Features that come standard with the new FIAT124 Spider include LED taillights, 16-inch alloy wheels, push-button ignition, cruise control, Bluetooth, six speaker stereo, USB port, manual black soft top with a glass rear window, tilt-only/leather-wrapped steering, adjustable-height driver’s seat, three-inch infotainment screen, and power accessories.

2017 is the year of the mainstreaming of many delightfully-techy safety features. The FIAT 124 Spider is no exception, and includes: antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, side airbags, and a rearview camera.

The Spider’s cabin is soft to the touch and has a much more inviting and welcoming environment than than ones decked out in hard plastics, as in similar convertible models. The cabin’s controls are without mystery and everything is pretty self-explanatory to operate, from the air conditioner to the infotainment touchscreen. The top is simple to manually detach and reattach, and portable as well, an added bonus. Another bonus, the cabin is quiet, which is a blessing when traveling long distances.

To test a 2017 FIAT 124 Spider convertible in your neighborhood, visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealer, and enjoy the confident ride.

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