Three modern reboots of iconic classic cars – the affordable 2012 Fiat 500, Mini Cooper, and VW Beetle. A roadtest comparison of base models.

2012 Mini Cooper 6-speed manual gear shift lever

All Mini Coopers, including base models, feature a 6-speed manual transmission standard.  We noticed getting the selector lever into the reverse position required a good deal of force.  (Photo credit: Sean Connor)

All Mini Coopers, including base models, feature a 6-speed manual transmission standard. We noticed getting the selector lever into the reverse position required a good deal of force. (Photo credit: Sean Connor)

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