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Marin to Bodega Bay Run - Saturday Feb. 25, 2023

  Your Hosts For The Event: Gordon & Alison Lee Run Details: We will start out our day by meeting at MINI of Marin (5880 Paradise Dr., C...

The Car Connection's 2016 MCS Convertible First Drive

The Car Connection opines, in part, after its first drive:
. . . From a practical standpoint, the 2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible is basically a hot hatch that lets you drop the top. It’s quite the counterpoint to a roadster like the Mazda MX-5 Miata—as it provides much (admittedly, not all) of the thrilling driving experience yet offers that flexibility. It’s far more exciting to drive than the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible or Fiat 500 Convertible and closely rivals the driving fun of the base Audi TT, albeit at a lower price—$30,450 for the Cooper S Convertible. Just take it easy on the options, as you can add nearly $10k to the bottom line.

No need to be overly gimmicky this time: This is one that shows how fun can be serious business, too.