Let the sun shine in

2013 Mini Cooper

Price: $22,650

Who says you can't put a panoramic roof on a small — a very small — car? Mini took the dual-pane route with the Cooper and it works just fine. BMW put its stamp on the performance bits of this little runabout, and we think the driving experience is truly exciting. We like that it feels as though you've got a lot more under your right foot as you haul through the curves than a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. We can take or leave the wall clock-sized speedometer in the center of the dashboard, but otherwise we like the cabin a lot. Warning: You could spend an afternoon scrolling through the amazingly long options list before getting to the box to check for the $1,000 panoramic roof.

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