Don’t underestimate him — Gramps has places to go. Still, the older generation tends to drive less and often will only be able to operate a car safely for a few years after retirement. Owning a vehicle can foster a sense of independence and autonomy, but may not seem like a wise investment at a later stage in life. This is when it’s crucial to shop used. And when it comes to the stylish seniors in your family tree? You need not look any further than the 2011 Mini Cooper.
The Mini Cooper easily accommodates grandparent getaways
For large families, the “MINI” branding of the Cooper is an immediate turn-off. The chic, iconic design of the compact car may inspire confidence, but it lacks practicality for a long-term, child-toting vehicle.
Fortunately, many of the aspects that weaken the Mini Cooper’s appeal for modern parents make it perfect for drivers who aren’t regularly transporting children. U.S. News named it as one of the best choices for a used first car, and the benefits they explored could also easily be enjoyed by grandparents looking for a casual retirement ride.
Although the backseat could probably only comfortably seat the smallest grandchild, the front row is spacious and comfortable for grandma and grandpa. The body is lower to the ground, making for easy entrances and exits. And while the cargo space couldn’t accommodate elaborate adventures it’s perfectly adequate for day trips or grocery runs. Most importantly, what you lose in space you’ll save in money.
Buying the 2011 model used gets you a “mini” price tag
U.S. News puts the average price of a used 2011 Mini Cooper model between $5,581 and $10,401. Not only that, but the car is fairly fuel-efficient. In new condition, it can achieve around 37 miles per gallon on the highway. With any luck, you’ll be saving at the initial purchase spot and the gas pump.
Of course, purchasing a car in used condition doesn’t come without its risks. Mini Coopers released after BMW’s adoption of the brand faced well-earned criticism. As the vehicles aged, problems surfaced that led to costly repairs, lawsuits, and several recalls.
This doesn’t have to be cause for alarm, but certainly warrants doing some research before making a purchase. Spending more on the front end for a vehicle that has been properly cared for and tuned up regularly will allow your loved ones to spend less time repairing, and more time riding.
Basic features in the 2011 Mini Cooper offer comfort without confusion
A 2011 Mini Cooper can serve not just as a ticket from point A to point B . . . it can be a time machine. At least in the terms of in-vehicle tech, 2011 vehicles transport drivers to a simpler time — a sensation that is perfect for older users.
The earlier models feature all of the standard amenities that we’ve come to expect in a vehicle. CarMax reports that the standard 2011 Mini Cooper comes equipped with luxuries like AM/FM radio, CD audio, air conditioning, and power windows and locks. Things are kept nice and simple, with the option to upgrade and access Bluetooth technology, parking sensors, a sunroof, or Satellite radio capabilities.
This classic car proves that vehicles can be user-friendly and still totally fun. Pair all of these features with the basic, go-kart operating feel of the Minis, and your loved ones are set up for smooth and stylish driving.