@Tron, I have been a keen (albeit silent) reader of your post on the 500. Appreciate the effort! @Tony, Nice to talk to you again @cyberdoctorind, I see you are in Kings-country, I am in Chargers-land, down by the border. About the driving experience, the 500 is sold in 3 flavors here and the one i had in hand was the "Sport". There is a button of that name on the dash that is supposed to make the handling more responsive and peppier and as per the manual, should be the preferred mode while riding through winding hilly roads and such. Dint use that much because was more focussed on getting FE (think the Maruti series of ads...kya karein...we are a nation obessesed with mileage) The car was a 6-gear auto, but the gears were the tip-tronic kinds - a first time experience for me. I wont claim to be an expert here, but the response from the engine seemed adequate. I did manage to mess with some Mustangs while on an uphill gradient and did beat the sh*t out of them. Also, being a smaller vehicle and the traffic getting heavier, was able to meander between lanes. A very satisfying and zippy experience overall. I managed to get an FE of around 31 mpg with 2 person payload and AC operational at around 22deg C all throughout my trip of around 700 miles. The suspension was more geared towards sportiness and at some points while curving at high speeds, it felt a tad bumpier than normal. The seating is on a slightly lower level and hence some tall people might have issues with the rear-view mirror and line of sight. Next up am gonna post some interior and some bling bling close-ups and also the brochure for this. Fiat USA has unbelievable amount of choices when it comes to customizing this car. The amount of choices makes me think that almost everyone who buys this, will have a very unique car!