2012 MINI Cooper Convertible vs. Its Competition

2012 MINI Cooper Convertible 2-door Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Though none of the ostensible competitors to the MINI Cooper Convertible quite fit in the same category, they all offer some of the same sporting fun and style.

The MX-5 Miata is a better performer but less practical.

The Mustang in convertible form is perhaps less stylish among some sets, but offers a lot more giddyup even in its base V-6 trim, is a strong value, and has even more usable interior space.

It's not necessarily as luxurious or refined a companion as the MINI, however.

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro convertible offers just about the same strengths and weaknesses as the Mustang, but with a slightly more retro-futuristic vibe.

The 2011 Volkswagen New Beetle convertible is a placeholder for now--the all-new Beetle has arrived, but its convertible variant won't be here until next year.

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Quick Specs
Part hatchback, part convertible, and all fun, the 2012 MINI Cooper Convertible is in a class by itself--literally.
The 2012 Chevy Camaro isn't practical, but it's stunning to look at and offers scorching performance--even without the ZL1 package.
The 2012 Mazda MX-5 is a true sports roadster with great handling and fun at any speed, and more practical than you might think.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas V6Gas I4N/A
EPA Class   
MinicompactCompactTwo SeaterN/A
Style Name   
2-Door2-Door Coupe 1LS2-Door Convertible Manual SportN/A
Front Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
ConvertibleCoupe2 Door ConvertibleN/A
ManualManualManual w/ODN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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