2011 MINI
Cooper
vs. 2011 Subaru
Impreza WRX STI

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

9.8

starting from

$34,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Average 0-60 time
5.4 seconds
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Average 1/4 mile time
13.8 s s @ 101.0 mph mph
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average power
305 HP @ 6,000 RPM
2011 MINI Cooper

8.9

Runner-up

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 highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Fantastic range in the city
383 miles
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Good range on the highway
488 miles
Road Tests 10.0 vs 7.4
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • The Impreza WRX STI hits 60mph more than 40% faster, 5.4 seconds vs 9.1 seconds
  • Around 20% faster in the 1/4 mile, 13.8 s s @ 101.0 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 83.0 mph mph
  • The Impreza WRX STI can change direction around 10% faster, 0.93 g vs 0.86 g
Performance 10.0 vs 8.1
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The Impreza WRX STI's power-to-weight ratio is around 50% better, providing a sportier ride, 11.1 lb/hp vs 20.9 lb/hp
  • Almost the same, Turbocharger vs None
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Almost the same
  • The Impreza WRX STI has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 MINI Cooper Winner: Cooper
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  • Gets more than 70% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg vs 17 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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Impreza WRX STI
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Fewer speakers
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Overall 9.8 vs 8.9

Road Tests

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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0-60 mph 5.4 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The Impreza WRX STI's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cooper is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 125 ft The Impreza WRX STI's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cooper is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.8 s s @ 101.0 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 83.0 mph mph The Impreza WRX STI's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Cooper 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.93 g vs 0.86 g The Impreza WRX STI has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Cooper
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Top speed 144 mph vs 124 mph Both have a very low top speed

Performance

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Impreza WRX STI
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2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Impreza WRX STI is of average power, but the Cooper is 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 Turbocharger vs None The Impreza WRX STI's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 11.1 lb/hp vs 20.9 lb/hp The Impreza WRX STI has OK performance while the Cooper gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Impreza WRX STI's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Cooper is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 ft vs 35.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
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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 Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The Impreza WRX STI has a good number of airbags, but the Cooper is just OK (missing Rear Curtain)
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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 Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Impreza WRX STI; optional upgrade on the Cooper
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

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Impreza WRX STI
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2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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MSRP $34,720 vs $20,100 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 29 mpg The Cooper gets great city mileage, and the Impreza WRX STI 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 Impreza WRX STI'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 Impreza WRX STI's is very short

Luxury Features

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Impreza WRX STI
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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 Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Impreza WRX STI

Entertainment System

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Impreza WRX STI
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2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Cooper 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Impreza WRX STI does not
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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 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 Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Impreza WRX STI; but it's not available at all on the Cooper

Crash Test Ratings

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the Impreza WRX STI
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 MINI Cooper MINI
Cooper
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Impreza WRX STI has lots of passenger seats and the Cooper is OK, too
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Highway driving range 389 miles vs 488 miles The Cooper has great highway range, but the Impreza WRX STI is very limited
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Cargo space 11.3 ft3 vs 5.7 ft3 The Impreza WRX STI has OK cargo room, while the Cooper has very little
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 46.8 ft3 The Impreza WRX STI has roomy front seats, but the Cooper is very cramped
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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 Not Available The Impreza WRX STI's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Cooper
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roof rails Unknown vs Not Available
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 3 The Impreza WRX STI has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 3 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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2011 MINI Cooper 2012 Honda Civic Si Cooper vs Civic Si
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2011 BMW M3 Impreza WRX STI vs M3
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 2012 Honda Civic Si Impreza WRX vs Civic Si
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Impreza WRX STI vs Camaro SS

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