"We drove a 2014. Here's what made the strongest impressions:
1.5-liter, 3-cylinder engine: It joins a small but growing list of makers offering three-bangers, including Ford, Mitsubishi and Mercedes-Benz's Smart mini-minicar.
It's a fuel-economy play as automakers hustle toward an overall federal mandate of 54.5 mpg by 2025 models, measured in lab tests. (That's a window-sticker average of about 40 mpg in combined city/highway driving.)
The three-cylinder's 134 horsepower isn't an imposing number, but the engine's a willing soul and a throaty one. It has a laudable 162 pounds-feet of torque, much more than the four-banger it replaces, rated 121 hp, 114 lbs.-ft.
You'll soon forget it's an oddball engine. And even if you don't, what better car than the oddball Mini Cooper for an oddball three-cylinder?
We often used maximum throttle and still wound up with mileage in the high 20s in the burbs. Excellent by our lead-foot standards."
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-- USA Today