2013 MINI Cooper Hardtop Manual Coupe FWD 

  • $20k
  • 1.6L
  • 29 city 37 hwy
8.5 Out of 10
The run-flat tires in the Cooper S do hurt ride quality a bit-and the John Cooper Works is rougher still-yet Each step up the Cooper line brings with it crisper suspension tuning and larger alloy wheels as standard equipment, but all Coopers are light, nimble, and ready companions on twisty roads.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
Through a huge array of color combinations, interior choices, and graphics packages, and a MINI Yours customization program, with things like a two-tone leather dash and steering wheel, custom alloy wheels, special mirror caps, and unique upholstery patterns, if you have some extra budget, you can pretty much create your own look.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the MINI Cooper Hardtop


Will it break the bank?

Cooper Hardtop
500 Sport
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Cooper Hardtop
500 Sport
Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

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Cooper Hardtop
500 Sport
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Cooper Hardtop
500 Sport
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Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Cooper Hardtop
500 Sport

Benchmarks Real world tests of the MINI Cooper Hardtop

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

Cooper Hardtop

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Cooper Hardtop

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Cooper Hardtop
Model S Base

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

Cooper Hardtop
35 MPG
Prius c One
52 MPG
Scion FR-S
28 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Cooper Hardtop

Reviews Word on the street for the MINI Cooper Hardtop

The 2013 Cooper models may charm, but they don't have a backseat that's up for adult duty; ride comfort isn't great; and Coupes and Roadsters have precious little cargo space.

A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, with an automatic optional.


7.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


A six-speed manual gearbox is standard in the JCW version, as it is across the model line, and for the first time for 2013 the six-speed automatic is available on the JCW as well as the rest of the lineup.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
For 2013 the John Cooper Works models can be had with an automatic transmission-meaning the entire lineup is now offered with a six-speed manual or six-speed auto.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
Cooper S may be the best compromise from a gas mileage versus performance standpoint, as they get 27/35 mpg with the manual and 26/34 mpg with the automatic.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)


If driving requires a soundtrack, you'll be happy to know the Mini's audio system is a good one, even in standard form.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
Stick with the manual version, not the automatic, and it has satisfying pep and good gas mileage.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
On that matter, the MINI Cooper models are surprisingly efficient, scoring 29/37 mpg city/highway in base form with the manual transmission.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)


The MINI Cooper models have excellent handling and a strong list of safety features, but their safety scores aren't so impressive.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
With a rigid body structure and sporty suspension, Minis are attracted to twisty roads like metal to a magnet.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
But with a reasonably good set of safety equipment and excellent handling-with which you might avoid accidents-you shouldn't disqualify these models on safety alone.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)


Bluetooth is now standard and satellite radio is made optional.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
You only drop about 2 mpg in having 60 more horses, with the manual transmission, and what you get in return is hot-hatch verve.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
' Even though their 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is only rated at 121 horsepower, but that's for just over 2,500 pounds for the manual car.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)


The interior and exterior likewise can be highly personalized to suit the driver's tastes, from custom roof decals to contrasting body/mirror paint and a wide range of vinyl decals.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
Despite that, they make the most of their interior space, at least for those in front.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
Materials are not as nice as you might expect given the MINI's price range, with hard plastics dominating the dash and control surfaces.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand MINI
Body style Coupe
Model year 2013
City range 382 miles
Highway range 488 miles
MSRP $20k
Annual cost $5,634

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 2.1 m³
CO2 per car made 0.68 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,440 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 6.11 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.6L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters Optional, $0
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,000
Navigation system Optional, $1,500
Roof rails Optional
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 8
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.1 g
Combined CO2/mile 274 g
NMOG/mile 0.04 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.02 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 128 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 1
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 41 tons

power & handling

Max torque 118 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM
Max HP 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 21.59 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.1 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 10.98 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.2 in Disc
Front wheel width 175 mm
Front wheel diameter 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks N/A
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 66.3 in
Front track width 57.4 in
Height 55.4 in
Length 146.6 in
Wheelbase 97.1 in
Curb weight 2,612 lb
GVWR 3,384 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 4 seats
Front seat room 47 ft³
Rear seat room 27 ft³
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