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2009 MINI Cooper Clubman S, Part Three

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Why you should buy the 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman S: You're extremely wealthy and like small cars. You never liked going around corners that much anyways. The most exciting thing that could possibly happen to you in the course of a day is spotting another Mini in exactly the same color and getting the driver of it to wave feverishly at you. You used to have a regular Mini, but now you have a small dog.
Why you shouldn't buy this car: You consider value an important part of the car-buying process. You drive aggressively. You hate rear barn doors. You live near curvy roads. You hate suicide doors. You enjoy the way the MINI Cooper S handles. You realized you could buy a well-equipped Chevy HHR SS for half the price and without the waving.

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Suitability Parameters: Speed Merchants: No Fashion Victims: Yes Treehuggers: No Mack Daddies: No Tuner Crowd: No Hairdressers: Yes Penny Pinchers: No Euro Snobs: Yes Working Stiffs: No Technogeeks: No Poseurs: Yes Soccer Moms: No Nascar Dads: No Golfing Grandparents: Yes Very Serious Businessmen: No Sheiklets: No Also Consider: • 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX • 2009 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 • 2009 Chevrolet HHR SS • 2009 MINI Cooper S Vitals: • Manufacturer: MINI • Model year: 2009 • Base price: $24,350 • Price as tested: $32,350 • Engine type: 1.6-liter I4 • Horsepower: 172 @ 5,500 RPM • Torque: 177 @ 1,600-5,000 RPM • Transmission: 6-speed Automatic • Curb weight: 2,900 lbs • LxWxH: 155.8" x 66.3" x 56.4" • Wheelbase: 100.3" • Tires: P205/45R17 • 0 - 60 mph: 6.7 seconds • EPA fuel economy city/highway: 26/34 MPG • Jalopnik fuel economy: 28 MPG • NHTSA crash test rating (Front/Driver Side/Passenger Side): ****/*****/***** Also See:Mini Cooper Clubman S, Part OneMini Cooper Clubman S, Part Two

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eric-merrill-old
Eric Merrill

Damn. The car's not my cup of tea, but it's a small, fuel-efficient luxury car. For that, it's my hero. Rich people worried about status aren't going to buy a Mazdaspeed 3. But if they're buying this, they're not buying every other luxury car out there, ie giant Lexi and Cadillacs and what have you that use way more gasoline.

And, Chevy HHR? Really? -Really?-