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Selected Style 2-Door
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 28 36 $21,510 $23,900
2-Door S 26 34 $24,120 $26,800
2-Door John Cooper Works 26 34 $30,870 $34,300
2-Door Manual S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Manual PZEV S 20 28 $22,031 $23,240
2-Door Manual S 20 28 $22,031 $23,240
2-Door Automatic PZEV S 20 28 $23,104 $24,315
2-Door Automatic S 20 28 $23,104 $24,315
2-Door Automatic PZEV SE 20 28 $24,446 $25,740
2-Door Automatic SE 20 28 $24,446 $25,740
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,510
$22,031
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,900
$23,240
Monthly Payment Estimate
$398 / month
$387 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible melds athleticism, quality, comfort, joy, and efficiency in a way matched by few vehicles produced today.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 28 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 36 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Minicompact Mini-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 39.2 42.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 39.4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 78
Second Leg Room (in) 28.1 31.5
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 40.7
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 50.3 52.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in) 145.6 161.1
Height, Overall (in) 55.4 59.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 57.8 58.5
Wheelbase (in) 97.1 98.8
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.3 67.9
Track Width, Front (in) 57.4 59.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 9.2 5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2 x - TBD - 9.13 x 0.35
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 11.03 x 0.87
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 13.2 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.8 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.04
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P195/55R16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/55R16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2745 3153
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 5.6 10.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I5
Fuel System EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 114 @ 4250 170 @ 3750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 1.6L/97.5 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 118 @ 6000 150 @ 5000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 32 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 28 20
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.14 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.79 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.35 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) .91 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.21 3.78
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.19 1.36
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again w/OD NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name MINI Cooper Convertible Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 -
 
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