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2018 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works

$31,800 | 228 hp | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.3/10

A hatchback is an inherently practical car, but this is one of the many ways in which the subcompact Mini Cooper flouts convention. You won’t get useful rear seats or a spacious cargo area, but you’ll have a lot of fun.

The Mini Cooper, particularly in high-performance John Cooper Works trim, puts the driver’s enjoyment first, and everything else second. A turbocharger helps extract 228 horsepower from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and you get the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Sport exhaust, a tuned suspension, and Brembo brakes round out the JCW package. Standard features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, automatic headlights, and sport seats.

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