The 2013 Mini Paceman is a great four-seater car that offers great styling, dynamics and good fuel economy. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, takes a closer look.

Model – 2013 Mini Paceman
Engine and MPG –
Cooper: 1.6L engine-121hp.
27/35 mpg
S Model: 1.6-liter turbocharged-181hp.
26/32 mpg
S Model ALL4: 1.6-liter turbocharged-? 208hp. 25/31 mpg
Wheels – Unique 17″ wheel, 19″ wheel optional, all come with run flat tires
Price – $24,500-$30,000

All 2013 Mini Paceman models use an efficient 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. That comes in three variations but all offer a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic. The ALL4 model means it has all-wheel drive, is standard equipment on the JCW performance model.

The Paceman is considered a SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle). Inside, the cabin is similar to other Minis. The gigantic speedometer is in the middle of the dash, offset by small dials and buttons. The window controls have been moved to the doors.

The high front seats provide comfortable seating, while the backseat will fit grown adults, though access requires some flexibility. The rear seats fold to increase the cargo space, which on its own can accommodate luggage for two people.

Mini is renowned for letting owners customize their vehicles, claiming to offer more than 10 million possible combinations. Some of the goodies include a navigation system located in the center of the speedometer, leather seats, Harman/Kardon premium sound system and a dual-pane sunroof. Mini’s Connected Package with iPhone integration and Internet radio was easy to use.

Competes with:
•Toyota Prius
•BMW 3-series
•Nissan Juke
•Fiat Abarth 500L

•Larger trunk
•True four-seater
•Sport suspension
•Three engine options

•Can be difficult to install a child safety seat
•Should offer a diesel engine option

The 2013 Mini Paceman meets the swelling demand for smaller cars that handle well and offer great performance and fuel economy.

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Courtesy of YNN/ Time Warner Cable
Aired: 4/04/2013

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