Compare The FIAT 500X vs Toyota Rav4 in Tucson, AZ

FIAT 500X vs Toyota Rav4

New Fiat 500X Compared With Toyota Rav4


The 500X (except Pop) offers optional crash mitigation brakes, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn't react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Rav4 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The 500X offers optional Uconnect Access, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it's stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rav4 doesn't offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you're involved in an accident and you're incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the 500X and the Rav4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seat belt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.


The 500X comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes free 24 hour roadside assistance. The Rav4's 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.


The 500X Pop's standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 172) than the Rav4's 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The 500X's optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (180 vs. 176) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 172) than the Rav4's 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Fiat 500X 2.4 4 cyl. is faster than the Toyota Rav4 (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

8.5 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

16.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

The 500X has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it's removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rav4 doesn't offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission and Drivetrain

The 500X offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Rav4 doesn't offer a manual transmission.

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Fiat 500X 4 cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Rav4.

The 500X AWD has a true all-wheel drive system, which uses a four wheel traction control system to redirect engine power to the axle and wheel which still has traction to keep the 500X moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The Rav4 doesn't offer a true all-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 500X's front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:


Rav4 LE

Rav4 XLE/Limited

Front Rotors

12 inches

10.8 inches

11.7 inches

The 500X stops shorter than the Rav4:



60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

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Larry H. Miller FIAT of Tucson

1000 W. Wetmore Rd
Directions Tucson, AZ 85705

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Tires and Wheels

The 500X Pop's standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 LE/XLE's standard 65 series tires. The 500X Trekking Plus' tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rav4 Limited's 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The 500X has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rav4's suspension doesn't offer gas-charged shocks.

The 500X has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn't offer variable-assist power steering.

The 500X Trekking AWD handles at .76 G's, while the Rav4 XLE pulls only .75 G's of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the 500X has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 (7.05 vs. 6.3 inches), allowing the 500X to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Fiat 500X may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 650 pounds less than the Toyota Rav4.

The 500X Pop/Easy/Lounge is 1 foot shorter than the Rav4, making the 500X easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.


Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Rav4 is limited to 1500 pounds. The 500X offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The 500X has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery's water level. The Rav4 doesn't have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery's cells must be checked often to prevent damage.


The 500X Easy/Trekking/Lounge/Trekking Plus has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior, with the optional automatic climate control feature. The Rav4 doesn't offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the 500X and the Rav4 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the 500X is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rav4 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The 500X's front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rav4's standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver's window opens automatically.

The 500X's standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE's standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The 500X Easy/Trekking/Lounge/Trekking Plus' optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rav4 XLE/Limited's manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the 500X Trekking/Lounge/Trekking Plus has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rav4 doesn't offer cornering lights.

The 500X's standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the Rav4 XLE/Limited.

The 500X's power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Rav4's power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

On extremely cold Winter days, the 500X's optional (except Pop) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Rav4 doesn't offer a heated steering wheel.

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