By Mike Hanley on Mon Jan 09 19:17:08 GMT-06:00 2012
The new Mini Cooper Roadster represents the automaker's best take yet on top-down motoring. By ditching the tiny backseat of the Mini Cooper convertible, the Roadster embraces the fact that convertibles aren't the most practical of cars and turns that perceived shortcoming into an advantage.
The soft-top collapses on top of the rear deck, creating the clean appearance of a tonneau cover. The top doesn't intrude on trunk space, either, which is decent for a Mini at 8.3 cubic feet considering the Roadster's overall size. There's a trunk pass-through, too, if you need to carry something slightly longer.
Senior Editor Mike Hanley is a father of three boys; he reviews new cars, admires classic cars and has embraced the minivan lifestyle. Email Mike