Winding Road
Winding Road magazine listed its top 10 performance bargains and naturally a MINI made the list.  They chose the MINI Cooper S hardtop in the seventh spot saying “For only $23,000, we’re hard pressed to think of a bargain performer as totally chuckable as the Cooper S. It may be small and may only have 172 horsepower, but you can really drive it as hard as any other car in this list and still feel rewarded. Plus, every Mini comes standard with a healthy dose of hipster style, making it track- and fashion-friendly (Gaucho pants not included).”

The list:

  1. Cadillac CTS-V
  2. Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  3. Mazda MX-5
  4. Nissan GT-R
  5. Ford Shelby GT500
  6. Jaguar XF Supercharged
  7. MINI Cooper S
  8. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
  9. Mazdaspeed3
  10. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1