2011 MINI
Cooper Countryman
vs. 2011 Subaru
Legacy 2.5i Premium

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman

9.8

starting from

$22,350

Reasons to buy the MINI Cooper Countryman

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Roof rails
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Ample cargo space
41.3 ft3
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Good highway fuel efficiency
35 mpg
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

9.7

starting from

$21,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Average number of passenger seats
5
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Less sporty performance
19.3 lb/hp
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Power seats
Standard
Cost 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Winner: Cooper Countryman
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • Gets around 50% more miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg vs 19 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium Winner: Legacy 2.5i Premium
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Legacy 2.5i Premium's power seats; not available on the Cooper Countryman
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Winner: Cooper Countryman
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  • The Cooper Countryman 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Cooper Countryman has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Underpowered
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.8

Cost

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman MINI
Cooper Countryman
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MSRP $21,720 vs $22,350 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 28 mpg The Cooper Countryman has great city mileage and the Legacy 2.5i Premium is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The Cooper Countryman 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Legacy 2.5i Premium's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The Cooper Countryman 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Legacy 2.5i Premium's is very short

Luxury Features

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman MINI
Cooper Countryman
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Legacy 2.5i Premium's power seats; not available on the Cooper Countryman
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cooper Countryman

Entertainment System

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman MINI
Cooper Countryman
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Cooper Countryman 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Legacy 2.5i Premium does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman MINI
Cooper Countryman
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman MINI
Cooper Countryman
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman MINI
Cooper Countryman
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.3 lb/hp vs 24.4 lb/hp Both Legacy 2.5i Premium and Cooper Countryman are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Legacy 2.5i Premium's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Cooper Countryman is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i Premium
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2011 MINI Cooper Countryman MINI
Cooper Countryman
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Legacy 2.5i Premium has the usual number of seats, while the Cooper Countryman has very few
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Highway driving range 500 miles vs 434 miles The Legacy 2.5i Premium has OK highway range, but the Cooper Countryman is very limited
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 41.3 ft3 The Cooper Countryman has lots of cargo room, and the Legacy 2.5i Premium is OK, too
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front seats 56.5 ft3 vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Cooper Countryman 's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Legacy 2.5i Premium cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Cooper Countryman offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Legacy 2.5i Premium
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Legacy 2.5i Premium has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Subaru
Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium
2011 MINI Cooper Countryman MINI
Cooper Countryman
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0-60 mph 9.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.5 s @ 82 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 150 mph vs Unknown

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