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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|2010 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings||2010 Ford MustangBrowse Used Listings||2002 Volkswagen New BeetleBrowse Used Listings|
|25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-Cyl||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe V6||2-Door Coupe GL Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe|
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|2010 MINI Cooper vs. 2010 Ford Mustang||2010 MINI Cooper vs. 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle|