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Eric's Autos: 2023 Mini Cooper

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Small, economical cars may soon be in vogue again -- for the same reasons they used to be in vogue: Money's tight, and things cost more.

Gas, especially.

Thus, buying a car that doesn't use, or cost, much has appeal, again.

A car like the Mini Cooper.

What It Is

The Mini Cooper is the smallest new car available in the U.S., as well as one of the most affordable, with a base price of $28,600 for the hardtop coupe, which seats five. A slightly larger version with four doors is also available, with a starting price of $29,700.

 

What's New

The Mini hasn't changed much since 2014, but that's not a bad thing if you like what the Mini is and what it resurrected -- that being the original '60s Mini concept of lots of fun in a small package that's surprisingly big on the inside.

In addition to that sameness, there's also some newness in the form of a newly designed front grille, a standard digital main gauge cluster and new multicolor (and multitone) paint combinations that enable the buyer to almost custom-order their Mini's outward appearance.

What's Good

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