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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...

Automobile Magazine Passes On 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman

Automobile Magazine decides against recommending the 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman after its long term test of the vehicle.  The author, Jake Holmes, asserts that the bigger MINI is not as "MINI" nor is it better, although he does praise many aspects of the vehicle. He concludes:
As it is, the negatives here outweigh the positives. Few were sad to see the Mini go. That's too bad, because Mini's unique brand of fun and involvement would certainly be welcome in the often-dull compact-crossover segment. "The Countryman isn't a bad idea," concluded Floraday, "but the execution is lacking." Here's hoping Mini can work to alleviate the problems we faced before it launches the next sure-to-be-controversial expansion to its brand: the Countryman coupe, known as the Paceman.