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Avenue of the Giants Weekend Run - Sat. March 23, 2024

Saturday will be a very full day of cruising from Novato up through the Avenue of the Giants and ending at Eel River Brewing in Fortuna. Sun...

Motor Trend Bringing Long Term Test 2011 Countryman To NorCal

Motor Trend is taking it long term test 2011 MINI Countryman S All4 to Seattle then to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA for an event next week. Writer Christian Seabaugh muses,
While I much prefer the pseudo-rally-car experience offered by the manual-transmission model, the automatic really isn’t half-bad. The six-speed tranny shifts smartly and quickly, and has yet to leave me frustrated, hunting for gears. We’ll see if that assessment holds up on I-5′s 4310 ft. Siskiyou Summit in Oregon tomorrow.

My other impressions of the Countryman S are all mostly positive. The seats are comfortable, the car is easy to drive, and I actually like Mini’s iDrive-lite Mini Connected infotainment system