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EPA says 2011 MINI Cooper is the most fuel-efficient car

The 2011 Fuel Economy Guide released recently by the US Environmental Protection Agency points to the MINI Cooper as the most fuel-efficient car in its class. These new figures also indicate that this vehicle is able to rival the leaders in surrounding classes too. BMW boosted the power of the 2011 MINI Cooper but it could still boast a fuel economy rating of 29 mpg (9.74 liters per 100 km) city and 37 mpg (7.63 liters per 100 km) highway mileage. The MINI Cooper's naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four cylinder engine has an output of 121hp and 114 lb-ft (154 Nm) of torque. The turbocharged Cooper S and Clubman S are fitted with Vanos variable valve timing and its performance has been enhanced by 4hp to total 181hp.

The John Cooper Works variants have the same power rating at 208 hp; however, its mileage is the lowest in the MINI range. The JCW convertible has a combined rating of 29 mpg (9.7 liters per 100 km). There are very few models that offer higher mileage than a MINI Cooper. Hybrids fare better but the Cooper is really not too far behind Honda's CR-Z sport hybrid, which can return 39 mpg on the highway.

For instance, the MINI Cooper S has a fuel economy rating of 34 mpg (8.3 liters per 100 km) on the highway. But a potential buyer who's caught between these two vehicles might want to know that the Cooper S has a power output of 181 hp while the CR-Z delivers 122 hp. Pricing of Cooper's 2011 models has risen by $600 to $750. The Cooper hardtop, which is the least expensive MINI for 2011, has a retail price of $20,100. The starting price of the 2011 MINI Cooper Convertible is $25,550 while the Clubman is priced at $21,800.

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