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GREEN | 8 out of 10
Cooper: 29 mpg city, 37 mpg highway (manual); 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway (automatic)
Cooper S: 27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway (manual); 26 mpg city, 34 mpg highway (automatic)
John Cooper Works: 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway (manual only)
For alternative drop tops, there are the 500 convertible, BMW's more refined 1 Series and Volkswagen's comfortable Eos. But overall, none of these cars can quite match the Cooper's unique blend of personality, performance and frugalness
The 2013 MINI Coupe S or MINI Cooper John Cooper Works are among several models in this lineup that can be seen as bona fide performance cars; but it's easy to forget that the Cooper family is mostly a family of light, compact, economical four-cylinder hatchbacks.
On that matter, the MINI Cooper models are surprisingly efficient, scoring 29/37 mpg city/highway in base form with the manual transmission. Opt for the automatic and you'll only lose 1 mpg in both city and highway numbers.
The John Cooper Works is the most powerful model in the range, but it still earns 25/33 mpg. Cooper S may be the best compromise from a gas mileage versus performance standpoint, as they get 27/35 mpg with the manual and 26/34 mpg with the automatic.
The 2013 MINI Cooper is even more fuel-efficient than it looks--although green shoppers will probably want to skip the JCW.