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

More 2014 New York Auto Show Coverage

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 (1)

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)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Video

"How'd they do that?" Cars.com 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.

Full 2014 Mini Hardtop Review

By Matt Schmitz | February 26, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Review

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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. Cars.com 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

Cars.com photo by David Thomas

By Matt Schmitz | February 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

2011 Models Less Reliable Than 2010 Vehicles, J.D. Power Study Finds

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Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac led J.D. Power and Associates' 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study, which tracks problems per vehicle from original owners of 3-year-old cars — in this case, 2011 models. But overall problems rose 6 percent versus last year's study of 2010 models, the first time since J.D. Power's 1998 VDS that reliability in late-model cars has declined.

Does Reliability Affect Luxury-Car Sales?

Among non-luxury brands, Honda (sixth overall), Toyota (eighth) and Subaru (12th) ranked highest in the 31-brand study. Hyundai, Jeep, Land Rover, Dodge and Mini rounded out the bottom five.

Vehicle dependability, which J.D. Power expresses in problems per 100 ("PP100") vehicles, rose to 133 PP100 in the 2014 study. A year ago, it was 126 PP100 — the lowest in the 25-year study's history. Drivetrain problems led to most of the increase, the company said, as four-cylinder engines and large diesel motors accounted for more problems than conventional five- and six-cylinder engines.

By Kelsey Mays | February 12, 2014 | Comments (6)

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop First Drive, Photo Gallery

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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

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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)

Mini Hardtop John Cooper Works Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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Mini unveiled its redesigned-for-2014 Hardtop at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the brand is wasting no time teasing the coupe's future models. Although it's a concept in name, there's no doubt that the performance-oriented version of the hatchback will eventually make it to the new Hardtop's lineup.

More 2014 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

The John Cooper Works concept is based on the new Hardtop, which is longer, wider and lighter than the outgoing model. John Cooper Works specific cues include Bright Highways Grey exterior paint with red accents, large air intakes that replace fog lights, LED headlights and a black grille surround. Other aerodynamic-enhancing body features include specially contoured side skirts, a rear apron with flaps, a diffuser element and a roof spoiler. Check out the gallery below.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

Mini Previews John Cooper Works Concept

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Mini announced today that it would premiere its John Cooper Works Concept next month at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The performance-oriented version of the hatchback is being touted as a concept but really is a logical progression after the production-ready 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop debuted last month at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker says the JCW edition "flies the flag for innovative sportiness in time-honored John Cooper Works style," featuring exclusive Bright Highways Grey paint with contrasting red accents, bespoke aerodynamic features and newly designed 18-inch light-alloy wheels.

Mini stated that the JCW Concept is based on the latest-generation Mini, with its longer wheelbase and wider track, lighter weight and improved aerodynamics. Large air intakes replace fog lights while air-channeling elements span the front apron, and LED headlights and a black grille surround characterize the concept's face. Other aerodynamic-enhancing body features include specially contoured side skirts, a rear apron with flaps, a diffuser element and a roof spoiler.

By Matt Schmitz | December 17, 2013 | Comments (2)

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