Having a blog called “Road Darling” means I spend a lot of time thinking about driving and cars. With that in mind, I have a confession to make: I’ve never owned a car that wasn’t a hand-me-down. Thus I find myself daydreaming about all the cars I’d buy in my fantasy world. I most likely won’t buy a new car for another year or so, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t started researching!
The Fiat 500
My first introduction to Fiat came via Car Talk on NPR. Click and Clack have spent years complaining and making fun of Italian-made Fiats. Here’s some jokes that highlight just how they feel about the manufacturer:
Q: How can you get a Fiat to do 60 miles an hour?
A: Push it over a cliff.
Q: How do you get spare parts for a Fiat?
A: Just follow another one around.
Flash forward to the Fiat relaunch in 2012. The car wasn’t sold in the United States for over 27 years, so its release of the Fiat 500 was a fresh introduction to the brand. I especially love that the car is small and great on gas mileage. It gets 31 miles to the gallon in the city and 40 on the highway. Not to mention it looks great. Its pastel colors are a throw back to the 1960s Mad Men era. They even produced one in a color named “Idol Pink,” which apparently is no where to be found stateside, sadly. But I’d literally take one in any color.
Before I moved to Texas, I was never one for muscle cars. But after seeing so many Mustangs zipping around Austin, the car has definitely grown on me. The gas mileage isn’t great (21 city, 28 highway), but what it doesn’t meet in eco-friendly-ness, it makes up for in looks and general bad-ass-ness. I don’t see this being a practical for me in any sense of the word, but it’s still nice to imagine driving one with my hair blowing in the wind.
Maybe one day I’ll own a Fiat AND a Mustang. Probably not any day soon, but a girl can dream, right?