While a weekend’s stay is certainly no long-term test, I can safely conclude that the 2013 Ford Fusion is an excellent Accord alternative.
As a woman who enjoys most things automotive, it’s not often that I wind up favoring one vehicle over all of the others. Most cars merely receive a thumbs up or thumbs down from me, and rarely does one stand out enough to make me blush like a school girl. But this car does. I’m talking about the new MINI Cooper Countryman. It’s the crossover of all crossovers – at least from what I can tell from the outside (more on that in a moment). It’s compact, sporty, extremely stylish (or should I say “chic“), and it’s not just for girls.
MINI’s Countryman quite possibly has what it takes to be the next ride in the Batenchuk household. If it does join our family, then I will have to digest once again my usual advice to others not to buy a brand-new car, but to go for a newer used model that’s already depreciated a bit. My logic for the Countryman? Well, it’s the first one out there from MINI. Just like my 2007 Civic Si sedan was the first sedan offered. Sounds reasonable, right?Not to worry, I promise not to make an impulse purchase. There remains research to be done on the Countryman (hence the “part I” title). Although the feedback from my enthusiast pals has been mostly positive, I’ll need to decide for myself by taking a trip to the dealer. Stay tuned!
- iDrive: Mini Cooper SD ALL4 Countryman (independent.co.uk)
- Spy Shots: Mini Countryman JCW rolls at the ‘Ring (autoblog.com)
- Jeep will produce a crossover to rival the Mini Countryman (inautonews.com)