The Mini Countryman is slightly larger than its predecessors, but it is the modern answer to what a utility vehicle should be, Ireson says. It comes in an all-wheel drive option and offers both manual and automatic six-speed transmission.
World's first car backflip – at least with a static ramp – takes place in French resort. Stunt driver Guerlain Chicherit uses heavily modified Mini Cooper for world's first car backflip.
Prius replaces Honda Fit as best value car, according to Consumer Reports. Although hybrids cost more, they're cheaper to operate. Prius costs owners 49 cents per mile, half the average for gasoline-only cars.
Upcoming four-door Countryman aims to compete with crossovers. The Mini Cooper SUV will hit sales lots in 2011.