2010 MINI Cooper vs. Its Competition

2009 MINI Cooper Convertible
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

It's tough to identify natural predators of the 2010 MINI Cooper.

Some shoppers look to it for economy, others for style and speed.

Those buyers might glance at the Volkswagen New Beetle, a modern spin on the classic Bug, with better everything, only no air-cooled engine and for 2010, no compelling powertrain option.

The Mazda Miata hits all the right retro convertible notes, and it comes closer to the MINI's driving feel than just about anything.

The Ford Mustang also comes to mind if you're looking for a thoroughly modern vehicle that has a long, storied history-and a choice of coupe or convertible-but it's larger, heavier, and less nimble, though also less expensive and far roomier than the MINI.

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The 2010 MINI Cooper/Convertible runs the gamut from smart econobox to thrusty sports convertible-all with unmatched driving feel and expertly interpreted styling heritage.
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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25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas V6Gas I4
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2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe V62-Door Coupe GL Manual
Front Wheel DriveRear wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
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2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
ManualManualManual w/OD
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