As with all other 2013 Mini models, Bluetooth wireless connectivity is now standard on the Roadster, replacing Sirius satellite radio, which becomes an option. A semi-automatic roof and wind deflector are now standard on all Roadsters. John Cooper Works editions get improved fuel economy and the option of an automatic transmission.
The 2013 Cooper Roadster takes Mini's trademark brand of British automotive minimalism to a new level. Now in its second year of production and part of Mini's strategy to expand its lineup, the Roadster is a tiny 2-passenger ragtop that emphasizes fun over practicality. The Mini Roadster is available in three trims with progressively mightier engines, of which the John Cooper Works edition ranks highest. Mini Roadsters are zippy, fuel-efficient, immensely nimble vehicles that can also perform surprisingly well on the open highway. But with a base price of $26,250, this small car's big joys don't come cheap. As with vehicles from Mini's parent company, BMW, the Cooper Roadster has impressive fit and finish, and its predicted resale value is strong.