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MINI of Rochester

3875 W. Henrietta Rd
Directions Rochester, NY 14623

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The 2017 Mini Cooper Convertible is a front-wheel drive, subcompact convertible that recently went through a revamp in 2016 that adds some minor, but significant changes. Slightly bigger dimensions are noticeable for 2017 and give the Cooper Convertible a bit more space inside than its predecessor without sacrificing the car's personality and drive ability.

However, it isn't the only coupe roadster on the road that's iconic and fun to drive.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the company's flagship sports car, and has been an iconic addition to the coupe-driven world for decades. One of the most popular buys in the 90's, the Miata has never really last its prominence in the convertible sports car segment.

But can the MX-5 Miata take over the fun and excitement being engineered by MINI in its Cooper Convertible?

Open-Air Excitement

First things first, what's powering these two open-top convertibles.

Base Coopers get a 134-horsepower 3-cylinder engine, while the sporty S model gets a 189-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder which also gets a boost to 228 hp in the John Cooper Works model. Both of these powerplants get the choice of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. 

Under the hood, the MX-5 only has one engine option - a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that's rear-wheel drive on either a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. This may seem like a head scratcher of an engine given the MX-5 only spins out 155 hp, far short of the MINI Convertible.

Speaking of the construction of the new Miata, Mazda reduced the car's weight to below previous generations by using lighter weight materials such as aluminum. They've also given it an even more BMW Z4-esque front end, a design based on Mazda's new Kodo "Soul of Motion" design language, introduced by Ikuo Maeda in 2011. In addition to being lighter, the engine has been moved closer to the roadster's center. It's a pretty roadster, for sure. However, the coupe-interior is still small and the lack of customization is evident both inside and out.

Which gives the 2017 MINI Cooper Convertible a decided edge, since people flock to MINI for many reasons, one of the biggest being the customization factor. The Convertible's affordable base price is just a jumping-off point for a ton of options. The automaker really wants the driver to make the Convertible your own. A control screen, voice command, Bluetooth, and center armrest are now standard on Mini Cooper Convertible. Formerly standard driving-mode selector and multicolor interior lighting move to the option list. The Mini Cooper The 2016 revamp brought

So not only does the 2017 MINI Convertible get a bit more performance under its hood, but the overall design and customization options it comes with gives it a distinct advantage over the Miata in almost all categories.

If you've been thinking of getting a convertible to take advantage of the wind in your hair and the sun on your face out on the road, visit MINI of Rochester to take a new MINI Convertible for a test drive today.