BMW and Mini logos on signs at a car dealership with a blue sky in the background
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Does BMW Own Mini?

Noticing the United Kingdom’s Union Jack featured in Mini cars’ design, most people probably assume it’s a British company. They’d be partially correct. But with all the buying and selling of brands in the auto industry, Mini’s history isn’t that simple. Though it’s an iconic British brand, it also has German ties. Here’s a look …

A blue 2006 'R53' Mini Cooper S drives down a valley road
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Which Used Mini Cooper Is the Most Reliable?

When it comes to reliability, Mini Coopers don’t necessarily have the best reputation. Which, if you’re thinking of buying a used Mini, is understandably an important concern. However, with some careful digging, finding a reliable used Mini Cooper is possible. A guide to used Mini Cooper models Although classic Minis are still plentiful, this guide …

Dealership Service Department from 1950s
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Auto Brands With Best Service Rated: JD Power

That deal on your new or used car is important, but once you drive off your most important connection to the dealer is service. And that remains for the duration of ownership. That’s why JD Power’s Best Brands Service ratings are so important. You know the hassles associated with a bad service department. Nobody needs …

A blue 2020 Mini Countryman SUV cruises along a wooded road
Crossover & Midsize

6 SUVs That Are Actually Great for Your Commute

Commuting to work or school can be hectic. Finding a vehicle that offers comfortable seats, a smooth ride, ample cargo space, and decent fuel economy can make your daily drive less stressful. SUVs are great for families, and they’re gaining popularity among commuters. Many prefer SUVs for their spaciousness, higher driving position, and safety. But …

A BMW Mini John Cooper Works on display during 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2020) at China International Exhibition Center on September 26, 2020, in Beijing, China.
Sedans & Coupes

Building This Mini Cooper Is the Ultimate Quarantine Activity

Lego is a brand that’s been delighting children and adults for decades. And in recent years, the popular tiny-brick company has ventured into designing kits that resemble real-life landmarks, characters, and even automobiles. Lego introduced one model car that had enthusiasts cheering. You can build a model Mini Cooper that’s a mini version of the …

2021 MINI Countryman powered by X-Raid
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Which Auto Brands Rated Best/Worst Sales Experience?

The JD Power Sales Satisfaction Index is out for 2020. This takes a 1,000-point scale and determines the satisfaction of the sales process based on delivery, dealer personnel, paperwork, dealer website, and other factors. Almost 36,000 buyers were surveyed from January through June of 2020. So it determines which brands rated the best/worst overall sales …

2020 Mini Cooper EV
Hybrids & Electrics

The 2020 Mini Cooper EV Has Not 1 but 3 Fatal Flaws

We’ve all been watching the electric vehicle marketplace evolve over the past decade. From its humble golf-kartesque beginnings to know, the EV game has changed quite a bit. Some of the earliest players like the 2012 Nissan Leaf now seem more like a child’s toy than it does a road-worthy vehicle. These days we have …

2015 Mini Countryman S in the West Village
Trucks & SUVs

Should I Have Bought a 2015 Mini Countryman During a Pandemic?

2020 has forced us to live our lives very differently than we are used to. Some differences have been massive and earthmoving, while others are smaller adaptations we have to keep safe, healthy, and sane. Although I have been an automotive journalist for years, I have lived in NYC for the last seven years, which …

MINI Countryman crossover compact SUV on display at Brussels
Trucks & SUVs

The 2019 Mini Countryman S All4 Is the Last Great Mini

Mini Coopers have been around forever. They are living, breathing legends that we get to watch adapt to our modern world right before our eyes. Although the Mini Countryman has gotten mixed reviews. The Countryman has gone through a few changes already in its short life and has had some trouble deciding exactly what it …

White-and-red-striped 2020 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works driving through a forest
Hybrids & Electrics

The Mini Cooper Is Getting Large and in Charge

Yes, you read that correctly. The Mini Cooper is getting bigger. This seems to be the exact opposite of what’s expected for the classic, tiny SUV. That’s because the Mini Cooper Countryman is just too small.  The Mini Cooper is getting larger  The name Mini could be dropped from the upcoming larger SUV because the …

A photo of the Toyota Sienna outdoors.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The 2021 Toyota Sienna Has 1 Major Flaw

Let’s face it, the minivan craze is over, and the segment is quickly shriveling up. However, segment favorites like the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey continuously receive major updates. For 2021, Toyota gave the Sienna a sporty new look, a hybrid powertrain, and a ton of standard safety features. However, in the pursuit of making …

Mini Cooper driving over a crosswalk

What’s So Special About Mini Cooper?

Subcompact cars aren’t as popular as they used to be, but brands like Mini are still holding strong. Mini’s legendary Mini Cooper has a quirky sense of style that appeals to many drivers. But what’s so special about Mini Cooper besides its looks? The Mini Cooper and its “go-kart” handling  As we’ve said before, there’s nothing like a Mini. Sure …

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The Legendary 2021 Honda Trail 125 Is an Off-Roading Monkey

If you look up video reviews for the Honda Grom and Monkey, you’ll likely see a few where the reviewer takes it on some light off-road trails. The mini-bikes always seem to ride just fine off the pavement, however, Honda just debuted a bike that is better suited for that kind of riding. Enter the …

MINI Electric or Mini Cooper SE compact all electric retro design car on display at Brussels Expo
Hybrids & Electrics

Is the Mini Cooper Electric Worth It?

It’s hard to find a city cruiser that’s as fun to drive as a Mini Cooper. Because of this, many enthusiasts agree that the Mini lineup is worth the higher price tag. However, some critics still aren’t convinced that the Mini Cooper SE electric model is worth buying. Here we will help you determine if …

Two team members in team uniform push a blue Mini Cooper through a parking lot.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Jamaican Bobsled Team Trains By Pushing A Mini Cooper

The Mini brand has been popular for decades. Even after its production ceased, the aftermarket still kept the fires burning for a long time for those that wanted reproduction parts to fix them. But, the Mini Cooper continued to be popular in rally racing and the movies. So, the brand was relaunched. Then a new …

Red 1965 Mini Cooper S racing in the snow at Monte Carlo
Tips, Tricks & Trends

You Can Make Your Own Mini Cooper Off-Road Racer

You can have fun racing off-road with unconventional vehicles—and the Mini Cooper can be one of them. Just like classic Porsches and Mazda Miatas have been converted for rallying, so can Britain’s iconic hatchback. And not just in the modern day—the Mini starting racing off-road almost from the start. The Mini Cooper’s off-road rally racing …

New 2021 Mini Countryman on the open road.
Crossover & Midsize

First Impressions: 2021 Mini Countryman

The Mini Countryman, the largest option in the entire Mini lineup just got a facelift for 2021. When the Countryman was first introduced in 2010, fans were pretty stunned. Practicality was never the main selling point of the Mini but the Countryman was specially made for practical buyers. The Countryman competes with other crossover SUVs …

A red Chevy bolt parked before trees and a mountain
Tips, Tricks & Trends

EV Battle: Chevy Bolt vs Mini Cooper vs Nissan Leaf

Thankfully, nobody is locked into a Toyota Prius if they want an electric car. The number of electric vehicle offerings has been growing in recent years. So, they come in all different shapes and sizes now. So, let’s take a look at the electric small car market and compare the Chevrolet Bolt, Mini Cooper, and …

2019 Buick Regal TourX
Crossover & Midsize

Alternatives to the Buick Regal TourX

Buick doesn’t have the most impressive vehicles in its lineup but the car brand does have a few fan-favorites. One of them is the Buick Regal TourX, which is America’s last classic station wagon. Drivers love the TourX because it’s energetic, comfortable, and spacious. It’s sad though, the most notable thing about this year’s TourX …

Mini Cooper SE Electric parked in the city
Hybrids & Electrics

The 2020 Mini Electric Isn’t the Best City Car

The iconic Mini Cooper just went electric. Rather than shouting it from the hillside like outlandish futuristic electric models, the Mini E remains true to itself. This handy electric urban car drives the city streets disguised as a regular Mini. Not veering far from its roots, the electric Mini sports the same athletic handle and …

Cars

2020 Mini Cooper: There Still Isn’t Anything Quite Like a MINI

“For drivers who like their cars to be more than mere transportation, there’s nothing else like a MINI.” A MINI Cooper is a great car to have for almost any daily occasion. They are fantastic daily drivers and make great first cars for new drivers getting practice. For a small car, they provide a surprising …