Mini Lowers Cooper Hardtop MPG Ratings After EPA Audit

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The redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is one of those rare cars that puts a grin on your face and keeps it there even after refueling. The Cooper's window sticker lists highway fuel economy ratings near or above 40 mpg, depending on model, but it turns out that's not the case. According to the EPA, the frugal, fun 2014 Cooper isn't as frugal as Mini originally reported, and the agency is dinging both the Cooper's turbocharged three-cylinder engine and high-performance turbocharged four-cylinder Cooper S after auditing the cars in its own facility.

Related: 2014 Mini Cooper S Expert Review

What happened? "This adjustment was made as the result of retesting models following notification by the EPA that road load testing for one model had delivered different results. Engineers worked closely with the EPA to incorporate these findings into Mini's computer simulation testing," Mini said in a statement.

Combined ratings are down 1 mpg across the board for the Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop. See a complete list of before and after ratings below.

By Joe Bruzek | October 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 BMW i3, Mini Cooper Hardtop

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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 www.safercar.gov for more info.

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

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By Matt Schmitz | September 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Not All Small Cars Shine in Latest IIHS Crash Tests

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In its latest round of tests the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that diminutive cars still have issues with its challenging small overlap front crash test. This time out electric cars like the range-extender 2014 Chevrolet Volt and 2014 Nissan Leaf were tested for the first time with mixed results, while the Mini Countryman was the only small car in the group to earn a top grade in the test.

Related: Tougher IIHS Crash Test Could Mean Fewer Top Safety Picks

The Volt popped up on IIHS' scale of poor, marginal, acceptable and good with a score of acceptable, good enough for the Volt to be awarded a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ designation, the institute's highest award. The Leaf didn't fare as well in the 40-mph test designed to simulate a collision with another vehicle or a pole and earned a poor rating. IIHS observed intrusion in the lower and upper compartments indicating likely injuries to the left knee and left lower leg, while a left thigh injury would also be possible. Neither electric car had any issue with the batteries or electrical systems post-crash.

Ten other small cars went through this round of IIHS small overlap crash tests along with the Volt and Leaf, including the Mini Cooper Countryman and the Mazda5, which IIHS says is one of the worst-performing models the institute has evaluated in the small overlap test.

By Joe Bruzek | July 30, 2014 | Comments (5)

Cars.com's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Fuel Sippers

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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

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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

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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 Cars.com 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 Superleggera Concept Very Un-Mini (20 Photos)

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Spectators at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2014 classic-car contest in Lake Como, Italy, received a bilingual greeting of "All right?" and "Buongiorno!" as BMW introduced the Mini Superleggera Vision. The automaker described the electric-powered roadster concept car as "modern Britishness meets Italian flair," but the first thing you'll likely notice is its minimal Mini-ness. The Superleggera easily bears the least resemblance to any previous Mini model we've seen.

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The Superleggera combines Italian body construction with Mini's iconic British visual cues on the outside, and inside uses leather, aluminum and black chrome flourishes, according to the automaker.

What do you think of this Mini concept's blending of European cultural influences? Sound off in the comment section and check out the gallery of manufacturer's photos below.

By Matt Schmitz | May 27, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Mini Countryman: First Look

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Competes with: Fiat 500L, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Looks like: The 2014 Countryman ... and all other Minis with four doors

Powertrains: 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 121, 181 or 208 hp; six-speed manual or automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

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The 2015 Countryman, the largest of Minis, will appear this week at the 2014 New York International Auto Show sporting the slightest of updates, outside and inside.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mini Clubman Concept Photo Gallery (17 Photos)

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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

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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)

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