Recall Alert: 2014 BMW i3, Mini Cooper Hardtop


Vehicles Affected: Nearly 30 model-year 2014 BMW i3 electric vehicles manufactured March 31, 2014, and Mini Cooper Hardtop cars manufactured between Feb. 2 and May 30, 2014

The Problem: The airbag inflator may not have been assembled correctly, preventing the airbag from deploying properly in a crash and increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: BMW will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the front passenger side airbag for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 9, 2014 | Comments (0)'s Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Fuel Sippers


When I was 10, my dad set me and a go-kart loose in an abandoned parking lot, free to zip around the blacktop. At that age, you don't give a thought to how much gas costs; it's all about the fun. At this age, however, fuel economy is a big consideration when it comes to buying a car, but it doesn't have to trump the fun-to-drive factor.

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There are plenty of cars that offer both fun and fuel savings, from affordable subcompacts and gas-electric hybrids to pricier luxury cars and diesel-powered vehicles. To qualify for this list, a car has to have an EPA combined rating of 30 mpg, while bringing out the inner go-kart-loving kid in all of us:

By Jennifer Geiger | June 9, 2014 | Comments (9)

2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 Door: First Look


Competes with: VW Golf, Fiat 500L, Nissan Juke

Looks like: A subdued Mini Countryman

Powertrains: 134-hp, 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine or 189-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with six-speed manual or automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: January 2015

It seems Mini is not satisfied with its recently expanded lineup of vehicles that added roadsters, coupes and even "SUVs" over the past few years. The addition of a four-door variant to the traditional Mini Hardtop makes us think the lineup will be "ever expanding."

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Expert Review

Called the Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, this new model is based on the recent redesign of the two-door hatchback, the model that reintroduced the brand to the U.S. around the turn of the millennium. The two options in door-count transform the Mini Hardtop into a true competitor of Volkswagen's Golf, which comes in either two- or four-door hatchback body styles.

The 4 Door is 6.3 inches longer overall than the two-door with the wheelbase stretched a total of 2.9 inches. At 157.4 inches long it is still considerably shorter than a Kia Soul at 163 inches and the new VW Golf four-door at 167.5 inches.

By David Thomas | June 5, 2014 | Comments (3)

Next Mini Convertible Spied on U.S. Roads


Mini's new Hardtop impressed us earlier this year when we took it through its paces in Puerto Rico. Now it seems the redesigned Mini Convertible is getting some work done on mainland roads ahead of an official debut later this year.

Related: 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop First Drive, Photo Gallery 

This photo of the next Convertible in camouflage — that's what those in the industry call all the swirly decals — was caught in Southern California by a editor's family member. Not only is it a new Cooper, but by the look of the center-mounted dual exhaust this is the Cooper S version of the Mini Convertible.

By David Thomas | May 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mini Clubman Concept Photo Gallery (17 Photos)


The Mini Clubman Concept could herald some big changes to the current three-door subcompact. First and foremost, the Clubman Concept is substantially longer than the Mini Cooper Hardtop and has four full doors and room for five passengers. Check out the photo gallery below and read our First Look at the concept car here.

By Matt Schmitz | February 26, 2014 | Comments (2)

Mini Clubman Concept: First Look


The saying goes that you can never have enough money or chocolate, but it seems that you can also add "kinds of Mini Cooper " to that list as well, as the brand continues to come out with variants on the original three-door subcompact.

Mini Clubman Concept Photo Gallery

The latest, the Mini Clubman Concept, is distinctly different than the current production Clubman. It's longer than the new Mini Cooper Hardtop, but unlike the last Clubman, it has four full doors and room for five passengers, essentially making it a four-door Mini Cooper.

By Aaron Bragman | February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Video

"How'd they do that?" reviewer David Thomas wants to know. How, indeed, did Mini make the 2014 Cooper Hardtop substantially larger, quicker, nimbler, more spacious and just all-around cooler — all while achieving a remarkable boost in fuel economy but not price? Thomas can't answer that, but while test-driving both of the redesigned car's engines — a 134-horsepower, turbocharged three-cylinder and a 189-hp four-cylinder in the base and S models, respectively — he didn't have time to be confounded. He was too busy having fun.

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By Matt Schmitz | February 26, 2014 | Comments (5)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Review


At this rate, the Mini Cooper Hardtop eventually may have to drop the "Mini" for the sake of truth in advertising. The completely redesigned 2014 model is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. Despite the swelling, it's lighter and boasts outstanding fuel-economy estimates. reviewer David Thomas recently got familiar with the new Cooper during a Puerto Rico drive event and found that the overhauled powertrains delivered the sprightly, curve-carving performance one expects from the brand.

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Review photo by David Thomas

By Matt Schmitz | February 12, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop First Drive, Photo Gallery

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop First Drive

A small squad of new Mini Cooper Hardtops was flinging around the narrow mountain roads of Puerto Rico Thursday as journalists tested the redesigned icon. I piloted a bright Volcanic Orange Mini Cooper S with a six-speed automatic and one Deep Blue Cooper with a six-speed manual transmission, and both impressed more than the tropical view.

Update: Read the Full 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Review

The day started with the Cooper S. Its new 189-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, making 207 pounds-feet of torque, is seriously refined. There's no quirky Mini attitude in this powerplant. It powered ascensions through mountain passes with steady bursts of acceleration between shifts.

By David Thomas | January 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Starts at $20,745


Mini's iconic coupe may have been redesigned this year, but its overall look carries over. The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is several inches longer and wider than its predecessor, but its price increase is pretty tiny. When the new Hardtop goes on sale this spring, it'll start at $20,745, including a $795 destination fee; the outgoing 2013 model starts only slightly less at $20,495. Sport-tuned Cooper S models will again be available, starting at $24,395, which is $300 more than model-year 2013 versions.

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

Under the hood, Mini swaps the old models 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for a pair of new turbocharged units. A 134-horsepower, turbo 1.5-liter three-cylinder powers the base model and S models use a 189-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Six-speed manual or automatic transmissions are available.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

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