It’s tough to choose rivals for the 2009 MINI Cooper because some buyers are looking at it for its small-car practicality, while others view the Cooper S almost as a niche sports car.
The Volkswagen New Beetle is a modern spin on the classic Bug shape, with better everything, but no air-cooled engine.
Moving way up the price ladder, the Porsche Boxster adopts the look of the classic 1950s Porsche Spyders and melds it with stunning performance and a leather-laden cockpit.
Somewhere toward the more affordable end would be the Mazda3, which wows TheCarConnection.com’s editors with an excellent interior and driving dynamics.
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|2009 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2008 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings||2002 Volkswagen New BeetleBrowse Used Listings|
|26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas Flat 6-cyl||Gas I4|
|2-Door Coupe||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*||2-Door Roadster||2-Door Coupe GL Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Roadster||2 Door Coupe|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD|