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2009 MINI Cooper Convertible vs. Its Competition

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2009 MINI Cooper Convertible
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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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8.6
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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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Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe.
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The 2009 Volkswagen Eos isn't sexy, and it's one of the most practical choices among convertibles and there's a lot to like.
MSRP From   
$23,900Browse Used Listings$21,395Browse Used Listings$31,615Browse Used Listings$23,240Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas 4-CylGas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I5
EPA Class   
MinicompactCompactSubcompactMini-Compact
Style Name   
2-Door2-Door Coupe V62-Door Convertible Manual Komfort2-Door Manual S
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveRear wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4444
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible
Transmission   
ManualManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
 
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