Mini Cooper Countryman rated IIHS Top Safety Pick

Posted: Mar 07, 2011 11:51 a.m.

The new 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman is a bright spot among the vehicle recalls made over the past week. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that the Mini Cooper Countryman is a 2011 “Top Safety Pick,” reports Autoblog.

The Mini Cooper Countryman is Mini’s first four-door offering, and is their only model with available all-wheel drive. Reviewers appreciate the Countryman’s increased cargo space and fun-to-drive personality, although some say that its four seats may not be for everyone. If you’ve always liked the original Mini Cooper but wanted something safer and roomier, the Countryman may be right up your alley.

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