The Mini Cooper Clubman: Fast, Fun, and Hard-to-Find

Demand is so great for the zippy, fuel-efficient Clubman that most buyers won't get one until the fallbut it's worth the wait

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Excellent fuel economy, sporty handling, roomier interior

The Bad: Long wait to get one, quirky interior, rear seat still cramped

The Bottom Line: The best high-mileage vehicle this side of a Toyota Prius

BMW's sporty but fuel-efficient Mini Coopers are among the hottest cars on the market right now. The company's plant in Oxford, England, is running 24/7 and still can't keep up with demand. Jim McDowell, vice-president of the Mini Division, recently told Automotive News magazine that U.S. Mini Cooper dealers are out of cars and will be mainly selling pre-ordered units for the rest of the model year. So, unless you get lucky and find an '08 Mini Cooper on a dealer's lot, your best option is to sign up now for an '09 model that won't be delivered until this fall.

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