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Don't be fooled by the rear seatbelts—the 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible is, for all intents and purposes, a two-person vehicle.
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Buying Tips:

MINI was one of the few automotive brands that actually enjoyed sales increases in 2008. This vehicle is highly sought, and as such, people sometimes pay more than MSRP for the MINI Cooper of their choice. Don’t expect fire-sale deals, and know that options such as navigation, USB compatibility, and other baubles/bolt-ons add price quickly.

Other Choices:

If you like the 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible, also consider:

  • Ford Mustang Convertible
  • Mazda Miata
  • Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
  • Volkswagen Eos

Reason Why:

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 musclecar 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 should look to 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.

The 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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