When BMW bought the Rover Group in the late-1990s, it inherited a floundering MINI brand. And we're lucky it did. Because BMW released the all-new MINI Cooper in the U.S. in the 2001, followed by the MINI Convertible in 2005.
Coming into the 2013 model year, the MINI Convertible carries over from the 2012. There are three trim levels: Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works. The Cooper provides the basic amenities expected of a premium hatchback, and a 1.6-liter engine that produces 121 horsepower. Fuel economy ratings are 27 mpg city and 35 mpg highway, and it hits 60 mph in 8.9 seconds. The Cooper S gets a sportier look inside and out, and a 181-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine that hits 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. It's good for 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. The John Cooper Works bumps the 1.6-liter engine to 208 horsepower, netting a 6.6-second 0-to-60 dash to go along with ratings of 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.