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in Used Small Cars $14K and up

Avg. Price Paid: $17,719 - $32,072
Original MSRP: $19,700 - $35,300
MPG: 29 City / 37 Hwy

Used Car: 2013 MINI Cooper Review

Review Last Updated: 9/15/14

The 2013 Mini Cooper has incredibly nimble handling and powerful available turbocharged engines, but little cargo space and confusing center stack controls, according to critics.

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The 2013 Mini Cooper has a standard four-cylinder engine that auto writers said has enough power for most drivers. According to reviewers, the turbocharged four-cylinder engines in the Cooper S and John Cooper Works models have strong acceleration and ample highway passing power. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, which auto journalists said has a precise shifter. A six speed automatic is available. Equipped with an automatic, the base Cooper gets an EPA-estimated 28/36 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Test drivers loved the 2013 Mini Cooper’s sharp steering and strong brakes, and said it’s incredibly nimble and fun to drive. However, some test drivers wrote that the Cooper's great handling comes at the expense of ride quality, which they reported is quite firm over bumpy roads, especially on the more performance-oriented models.

Test drivers said the 2013 Mini Cooper’s retro-styled cabin has good fit and finish. There’s ample room in the front seats, reviewers mentioned, but space is limited in the back seat, and it isn't very adult-friendly. The Mini Cooper has 5.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 24 cubic feet of space with the seats folded, which is small for a subcompact car. A CD audio system with a USB port and an auxiliary input are standard. Available features include the Mini Connected infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, a Harman Kardon audio system, leather seats and navigation. Critics disliked the location of the window switches, which are low on the center stack, and said that the audio controls aren’t clearly labeled or easy to use.

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Test drivers noted that the 2013 Ford Fiesta’s cabin looks and feels upscale and has good fit and finish. They also wrote that the Fiesta has crisp steering and nimble handling, as well as a comfortable ride.

Test drivers were impressed with the 2013 Fiat 500's lively acceleration when fitted with one of the available turbocharged engines. They added that it has responsive steering, and it has more overall cargo space than the Cooper.

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