In a country recognized as the home of thunderous muscle cars and all that is automotive excess, the sale of a small runabout dubbed the Mini would seem like a proposition bound for failure. However, as BMW's little corporate sibling has proven, U.S. buyers are equally enamored with cute styling, fuel-efficiency, and go kart-like handling.
Those elements are delivered in varying degrees by the Mini Cooper, Mini Cooper Convertible, and Mini Cooper Clubman. The two-door Cooper can be had in base guise with a 118-horsepower engine, as the sporty 172-horse Mini Cooper S, or the 208-horsepower Mini John Cooper Works model, which is as close as you'll get to a track-ready, factory-prepped Mini. The soft top version is available in the same dressing as the base model, the Mini Cooper S Convertible, and the Mini John Cooper Works Convertible. For those who want all that makes a Mini special but require a bit more space, engineers developed the Mini Cooper Clubman with added rear leg room, a larger cargo area, and nifty swing-out barn doors. As with the regular Cooper, the Clubman can be had in base form and as the Mini Cooper S Clubman and Mini John Cooper Works Clubman.