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2016 Mini Cooper JCW

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It is a $10k jump from a standard-issue Mini Cooper to a hopped-up John Cooper Works (JCW) version of the same car. A $6k jump from the hopped-up slightly less Mini S – which gets to 60 in about 6.3 seconds vs. about 5.9-6 flat for the JCW. Speed really is a question of money.…

2015 Mini Cooper

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The latest Mini is a bit bigger now  – and slightly smaller engined. Usually, that’s a recipe for slower – and drinks more gas. Would you believe (best Maxwell Smart voice) this one also  goes faster – and uses less gas? Now, the Mini is not perfect. Which I will get into below. But it’s…

2011 Mini Cooper Countryman

Everyone (well, almost everyone) likes the Mini Cooper – the reincarnated, updated version of the micro-car Brit car of the 1960s. The problem has been that not everyone can use the Mini – which up to now came with just two doors and room for two only (or at least, realistically). So for 2011, the…

2016 Mini Clubman

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Mini is relative. Relative to the Mini hatchback, the just-updated Mini Clubman is a much larger car. Especially on the inside. It has about twice the cargo capacity – and several inches more backseat room. But relative to other cars, the Clubman is still a small car. On the outside, that is. Though it’s almost…

2015 Mini Four-Door

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Mini has always had cute – and fun – on its side. Now it has four doors, too. Or at least, can be ordered with them. This makes it plausibly practical – which the original Mini coupe never was. It had back seats, but not doors to get to them. In a larger car, this…

2012 Mini Coupe

Who doesn’t like the original Mini? It’s cute, but not girly. Sporty – but not overbearingly macho. A six foot man can drive it – and not look (or feel) silly driving it. So can his five-foot-five daughter. Or her 65-year-old grandmother. The Mini is also inexpensive – around $19k to start, which is cheap…

2012 Fiat 500: A Better Mini?

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I did not expect to like the Fiat 500. But I quickly fell in love with it. It may be my favorite new car. I’d consider buying one myself – and that is an eruption of affection from me, a guy who reviews new cars but mostly owns and drives old (and ancient) stuff. There…

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

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The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage costs no more than the 2014 Mirage – despite a horsepower infusion (not that it’s a lot, but still) excellent fuel economy (preliminary estimates are 44 maybe even 45 MPG on the highway) and a major wheels-up re-bop of the body/cosmetics/features (the latter of which now includes an available 300 watt audio…

2017 Fiat 500X

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It’s got to be driving them nuts.  Fiat, I mean. Aren’t we cute? At least as cute as those German-resurrected Mini Coopers? We are Italians! We are known for our small cute cars! In Europe, they love ’em! And yet here, they sit. The 500 coupe, as cute as it may be, has been as tepidly received by…

2016 Hyundai Veloster

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The problem with two-doors is it’s hard to take more than one person along for the ride. Even if the car has four seats. Getting to them – and out of them – is a chore, even if you’re young and nimble. Hyundai decided to split the difference by adding a third door to create…