Mini Cooper

Monday, January 14, 2013 | comments

Mini Cooper 2013

Mini Cooper Prices :

MSRP: $19,700 - $35,300
Invoice: $17,730 - $31,770

Reviewers agree that the 2013 Mini Cooper is one of the most fun-to-drive models in its class. It offers three four-cylinder engines, which range from the 121-horsepower base engine to the 208-horsepower turbocharged engine in the John Cooper Works model. Reviewers say the base engine is underpowered for highway passing, but the Cooper S and John Cooper Works versions don’t struggle with acceleration or passing maneuvers. Each Cooper has a standard six-speed manual transmission, which reviewers like more than the optional six-speed automatic. Reviewers also like that the Cooper’s fuel economy ratings are so high for a car that’s as fun to drive as the Cooper. According to the EPA, it gets 28/36 mpg with the base engine and automatic transmission. Auto writers say all Cooper models have outstanding cornering abilities and strong brakes, but suffer from a stiff ride.

The Cooper’s cabin has retro looks, and reviewers dislike that its design negatively impacts function. The switches for the windows and doors are located at the bottom of the center stack, making them hard to reach, according to reviewers. Critics also dislike that the interior labels are illegible and are frustrated that the stereo, climate and navigation systems are hard to program. The Cooper comes standard with a USB port, Bluetooth and HD Radio, which is good for a small car. Infotainment and navigation systems are optional. The Cooper has seat belts for four, but one reviewer thinks it works best as a two-seater. The front seats are comfortable, but the rear ones are tight for adults. The Mini Cooper Hardtop also has limited cargo space, though reviewers think the available room is useful

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