2021 Mini Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition offers brand’s only manual transmission

Mini has launched many retro special editions, but the 2021 Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition convertible references a model of a somewhat newer vintage. The Sidewalk Edition was originally launched in 2007 and, like that model, the 2021 version features mostly cosmetic changes.

Starting at $39,250, the Mini Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition is the only Mini that offers a manual transmission. It has a 6-speed manual, and buyers can choose the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic for an additional $1,700.

The Sidewalk Edition is available in Deep Laguna Metallic Blue or Mini Yours Enigmatic Black Metallic, both with an Anthracite roof and “Sidewalk” graphics. The special edition also has 17-inch Scissor Spoke 2-tone wheels.

The interior gets Leather Lounge Sidewalk Anthracite upholstery, a sport leather-wrapped steering wheel, Sidewalk Edition floor mats, and a model-specific interior illumination color.

Other than the transmission, the Sidewalk Edition is mechanically unchanged from the standard Cooper

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When Is the Best Time to Trade In a Car?

Best mileage level for a trade-in

Some people keep one eye on their odometer at all times, trying not to put too many miles on their car so they won’t hurt its value when the time comes to trade it in. But your car’s mileage may not matter as much as you think.

Sure, the value of your car drops slightly with every 10,000 miles you add. But according to Edmunds data, there is no major drop-off at any certain milestone. Even the 100,000-mile mark is not a value-killer as long as the car is in good shape. The truth is, there is no magic number. And dealers are already flush with low-mileage used cars that have come off leases, so they’re not in a rush to add more to their lots.

What matters more is the model year. If your car is only a few years from new, it

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Five Car Projects and Maintenance Items To Do At Home

Owning a car is a lot of responsibility. Sure, you need to be a safe and courteous driver (here’s an article about driving in parking lots to help you do that), but you also need to keep up on all the little jobs your car needs to perform at its best and last for years to come. It’s easy to forget these little jobs, but you won’t be rewarded for your (lack of) effort. Today’s cars are more reliable than ever, but these five tasks will help keep your car running and looking great for years to come.

Admit it: you don’t wash your car often enough, and when you do it’s a quick run through the local gas station’s automated machine. Those machines are fine in a pinch, but non-touchless automated car washes wreak havoc on your car’s paint, only leaving plenty of

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Christian von Koenigsegg explains how to start a car company

If you want to start a car company, Christian von Koenigsegg is the man to talk to.

His eponymous firm has only built a small number of high-priced supercars, but it’s still one of the few new automakers to survive in the modern era. This short video provides some of words of wisdom from von Koenigsegg.

“It’s just a lot of hard work,” he said. “If I could give any advice, it’s to stay focused, of course, [and] don’t give up.”

Christian von Koenigsegg and the Koenigsegg One:1

Mastering the everyday tasks of running a business without losing sight of the “dream” is also important, von Koenigsegg said. While he was always motivated by his love of cars, von Koenigsegg said he started his company (at age 22) for the challenge.

“I wanted to prove to myself and everyone around that, if you really want to do something, you

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Car Dealerships Step Up During Coronavirus

Testimonials

Hayley Toyota of Roanoke, Virginia

“Great as always, even with everything going on. I appreciate Haley Toyota keeping service open and making sure everything is sanitary.”

“The service department had a nice waiting area and place to go for a walk if you don’t want to sit around people in this corona craze.”

Braman Honda of Palm Beach, Florida

“Had another great service appointment. Our service adviser was great as usual and got the service done promptly. The waiting area was clean and comfortable and they were sanitizing it on a regular basis. No problem maintaining social distancing as the furnishings were well spaced.”

Palmen Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Kenosha, Wisconsin

“Our salesperson, Larry, listened to us and was very knowledgeable and caring. The entire process was very easy and stress-free, especially during this coronavirus crisis.”

Lia Honda of Northampton, Massachusetts

“During the early stages of the 2020

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Eight Off-Road Trucks and SUVs Not Available in the United States

As much as we moan about all the hot hatches and hopped-up wagon variants we don’t have access to in the ‘States, we’re spoiled for choice with muscle cars, full-size SUVs, and an almost outrageous selection of the finest pickup trucks in the world—vehicles that many other markets don’t have access to. That hasn’t stopped our greedy minds from endlessly scrolling through image searches in hopes we’ll find something else to whine about, and we found a whole mess of off-road-focused 4×4 SUVs and trucks we don’t get in America. Naturally, the grass is always greener—or in this case, the mud is always thicker. Here are eight off-roaders we’re not allowed to drive in the U.S.

Suzuki Jimny

You knew this one was coming. Heck, this pint-sized Japanese G-Wagen partially inspired this list to begin with. When Suzuki revealed the adorable redesign of its popular

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