In 2002, the Mini Cooper’s cute styling and cartoonish, diminutive proportions crashed the U.S. car scene. Ever since then, automakers have tried to bottle that lightning. But none have captured the cosmopolitan charm that allows Mini to charge premium prices for a small economy car (though the Fiat 500 comes close). With the third generation the Mini Hardtop doesn’t stray far from the original formula. But the proportions continue to grow, making this Mini a little less mini.
2014 Mini Hardtop: The Not-So-Mini Mini Grows a Little More