2011 MINI
Cooper
vs. 2011 Mazda
RX-8 R3

2011 MINI Cooper

9.4

Winner

MINI Cooper

starting from

$20,100
"Endearing retro styling, highly customizable."
edmunds.com | talking about the Cooper's external styling
"Excellent all-around performance."
edmunds.com | talking about the Cooper's transmission

Reasons to buy the MINI Cooper

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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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Fantastic range in the city
383 miles
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Good range on the highway
488 miles
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

9.1

Runner-up

Mazda RX-8 R3

starting from

$33,085

Reasons to buy the Mazda RX-8 R3

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Sluggish 0-60 time
6.7 seconds
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Pokey 1/4 mile time
15.2 s s @ 92.0 mph mph
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Really underpowered
232 HP @ 8,500 RPM
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Below average top speed
145 mph
Luxury Features 8.2 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • Almost the same
Performance 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Winner: RX-8 R3
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  • The RX-8 R3's power-to-weight ratio is around 40% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.2 lb/hp vs 20.9 lb/hp
  • Rear-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • More than 90% more powerful, 232 HP @ 8,500 RPM vs 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Cost 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • Gets more than 80% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • 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
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have very limited cargo room
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a very low top speed
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.1 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

Mazda
RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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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

Performance

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RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Horsepower 232 HP @ 8,500 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 Unknown vs Not Available
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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 13.2 lb/hp vs 20.9 lb/hp The RX-8 R3 has OK performance while the Cooper gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The RX-8 R3 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 ft vs 35.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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RX-8 R3
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2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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MSRP $33,085 vs $20,100 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 29 mpg The Cooper gets great city mileage, and the RX-8 R3 gets OK mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The Cooper 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the RX-8 R3's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The Cooper 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the RX-8 R3's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

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RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 4 vs 4 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 Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

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RX-8 R3
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Cooper
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 372 miles vs 488 miles The Cooper has great highway range, but the RX-8 R3 is very limited
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Cargo space 7.6 ft3 vs 5.7 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 51.7 ft3 vs 46.8 ft3 The RX-8 R3 has average-sized front seats, while the Cooper is very cramped
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Cooper 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the RX-8 R3
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The RX-8 R3's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Cooper
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Cooper offers an optional navigation system; not available on the RX-8 R3
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Cupholders Unknown vs 3
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Number of speakers 8 vs 6 The RX-8 R3 has an OK number of speakers, while the Cooper has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Yes
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Cooper , you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Mazda
RX-8 R3
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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0-60 mph 6.7 seconds vs 9.1 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 117 ft vs 125 ft The RX-8 R3's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cooper is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.2 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 83.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.86 g
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Top speed 145 mph vs 124 mph Both have a very low top speed

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