The 2011 MINI Cooper is the latest version of a car that’s virtually been unchanged for the past three years., though getting the formula right the first time ‘round means MINI's designers have nothing to fear. The pint-sized runabout combines gender-neutral cute styling with a decent mechanical package and loads of cool-factor, making the MINI Cooper popular amongst the young and old, as well as with both male and female buyers.
Making the car even more desirable is the number of different trims it’s available in, as well as coming in both regular hatchback and convertible bodystyles. The most fun is to be had in the sporty John Cooper Works models, though the pricetags on these can run close to $30,000.
Nevertheless, even the base model, which lists at $19,400, can be loads of fun and comes with all the positive attributes just mentioned.
The MINI’s closest competition would be the Volkswagen Golf and GTI, as well as the Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3. Note, a...