Three modern cars that come equipped with three-cylinder engines are the Mitsubishi Mirage, Mini Cooper and the Ford Fiesta. Volvo also has the V40 Cross Country, which comes equipped with the company's new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine.
The Mitsubishi Mirage is a three-cylinder car intended to be a low cost five-door hatchback. This model is an economy car, with few features and little styling. The three-cylinder engine provides roughly 75 horsepower and is loud during acceleration. The Ford Fiesta provides 123 horsepower with its turbocharged three-cylinder 1-liter engine. This model is more expensive than the Fiesta's four-cylinder option and is only available with a five-speed manual transmission.
The Mini Cooper is powered with a BMW three-cylinder engine that provides 134 horsepower and is more responsive than previous four-cylinder models. The Mini Cooper comes with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Volvo's three-cylinder 1.5-liter engine is based off the company's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The V40 Cross Country is also turbocharged, boasting a 180-horsepower rating, while still providing up to 57 miles per gallon without hybrid assistance. The engine block is made of aluminum, and the lowered weight allows for better handling than previous models. This three-cylinder engine is also eco-friendly, meeting tough European emission regulations.