As an extremely unique, classically styled, not inexpensive little open-air coupe, the MINI Cooper Convertible proves a challenge when finding a competitive set.
But the Ford Mustang Convertible pops to mind; while the Mustang's muscle car mission contrasts with the MINI's less-is-more ethos, the Mustang possesses style in droves and offers an exciting driving experience—with less fuel efficiency and more weight.
The Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible hews close to the classic Beetle's shape, but offers much more charm than it does fun driving dynamics.
Or if you yearn for a convertible but don't want to make the sacrifices of driving a soft top in winter, consider the Volkswagen Eos and its wonderful, tight retractable hardtop.
The Eos is neither that sporty-feeling to drive or particularly head-turning, though.
Finally, you could consider a classic roadster, such as the Mazda Miata.
Though it comes only as a two-seater, it's perhaps the closest to the MINI Cooper's lightweight joy, its controls and responses a seeming extension of the driver's wishes.
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|2009 MINI Cooper ConvertibleBrowse Used Listings||2010 Ford MustangBrowse Used Listings||2009 Volkswagen EosBrowse Used Listings||2008 Volkswagen New Beetle ConvertibleBrowse Used Listings|
|26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-Cyl||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I5|
|2-Door||2-Door Coupe V6||2-Door Convertible Manual Komfort||2-Door Manual S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Convertible||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Convertible||2 Door Convertible|
|Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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