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2013 BMW X1 to Start at $31,545

The 2013 BMW X1 made its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday. Last week, we told you about the new compact crossover, which will slot below the X3, and compete with luxury compact SUVs like the Acura RDX and Audi Q5. Full specs on the X1 haven’t been released, but BMW has announced pricing and trim levels for the new small SUV. Car and Driver writes that “the entry-level model will be the ... continue reading»

Tags: Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, BMW X1, BMW, Luxury Compact SUVs, Model News, Mini Cooper Countryman

Test Drive: Nissan Juke

Most automotive writers will tell you that the Nissan Juke is tough to classify. But after spending a week in it, I can tell you what the Nissan Juke is: a great car. I had the 2011 Juke SV with all-wheel drive and the navigation package. In addition to a 188-horspower engine and continuously variable transmission, my test Juke also had Intelligent Key entry, navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port. The Smartkey and Bluetooth are standard on the SV model ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, MINI Cooper, Nissan Juke, Mini Cooper Countryman

Test Drive: Is the 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman a Manly Mini?

My brother likes the Mini Cooper, but he said he’d never buy one because it’s too girly. When I told Nate I had the Countryman S with All4, he begged me to drive to Richmond, Va. Nate drooled over the Countryman. It’s big. It has all-wheel drive and a sport button. It’s made by BMW. “This is a car I’d see in the parking lot and think, ‘Yeah, that’s my car,’” Nate said. I ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Mini Cooper Countryman, Gender

Test Drive: The Mini Cooper Countryman Gets Family Duty

When I tested the Mini Cooper Countryman S with All4, I wanted to see if it could handle family car duties. The back seat is very roomy. In fact, it’s so spacious that you forget you’re in a Mini. The center rail’s neat, but I realized it isn’t ideal for families. You can put snacks in the dishwasher-safe cup holders, but the rail will be hard to clean. It’s a haven for crumbs. But when ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Car Seats, Kids, Mini Cooper Countryman