2023 MINI Cooper Convertible vs. 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Feeling the wind in your hair. Breathing in the salty sea air. Catching a few glances from envious onlookers. Top down or top up (but mostly top down), small sports car convertibles are quintessential South Florida. 

Two of the more affordable compact convertibles, the MINI Cooper and Mazda MX-5 Miata, are in constant competition for market share. One's got the classic soft-top look and appeal, while the other celebrates England with its nonconformist aesthetic, 2-row seating and go-kart handling. Between these MINI and Mazda models, which one's the best small convertible car?

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Why We Love the 2023 MINI Clubman

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It feels like the MINI Clubman’s never gotten a fair shake, doesn’t it? It got made fun of by the guys at Top Gear back in 2014, and when Anne Heche accidentally drove hers into someone’s living room, fans and critics alike relentlessly harangued the spunky outlier of MINI’s fleet.

The Clubman has seemingly struggled to find its niche. It’s too bulky to have the namesake appeal of the classic 2 and 4-door Hardtop. It’s not spacious enough to compete with the Countryman’s versatility. It’s too… roofed, to go against the Convertible…

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15 Unmissable NYE Parties in South Florida

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The streamers. The glitter. The bubbly. Ah, it's that magical time when we watch the Times Square ball drop and swap calendars! While you can do all that from your couch, wrapped up in a Snuggie and petting the cat, being a homebody can't really compete with a proper New Year's Eve bash.

But where in Miami should you be celebrating if not from the comfort of your own sofa? From the extravagant to the slightly less extravagant (and free), these are some of the biggest and best 2023 New Year's Eve parties going on in…

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Just What Is a Car Tune-Up, anyhow?

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You’ve been patiently waiting at your local MINI dealership for the friendly mechanics to finish changing your oil, and finally, the clerk calls your name. You walk to the desk briskly, ready to go about your day.

They give you the rundown of services—fluids topped, wiper blades changed, air filter swapped—and you nod along, half paying attention. Finally, they ask you to sign on the dotted line at the bottom of your service bill. They tear off your carbon copy as you push your card into the chip reader.

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The Best Pumpkin Patches in South Florida: Ranked

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When you hear "South Florida," what comes to mind? Sun? Sand? Palm trees? Now that it's fall—is it ever really officially fall in Miami?—we substitute Florida's sun, sand and urban tree canopies with apple cider, hay mazes and pumpkin picking! 

Contrary to popular belief, South Florida has an extra-gourd-inary albeit small selection of pumpkin patches that are perfect for families. So, dig up your pumpkin-gut scraper thingy, choose a Jack-o-Lantern design, and let's get to pickin'! Here are a few of our favorite local pumpkin farms near Homestead and Miami.
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2023 MINI Countryman: The Perfect Florida Keys Trip-Taker

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You’re waking up on a Monday, but this isn’t a regular start to the week—you’ve booked a weeks’ worth a vacation time, and the next seven days are all yours. What to do with it? Well, load up that brand new MINI Countryman and take a little road trip down to your favorite spot in Big Pine Key, of course.

This is the first time you’ve taken ‘er out on the open road. Let’s make a little road diary, and show the folks out there why this is one of the best small SUVs…

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OEM vs. Aftermarket Brakes: Which Are Better?

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No one likes getting a brake job. For many people, buying new brakes is akin to buying a new washing machine – neither are usually planned purchases, nor will they provide instant gratification (unless you really enjoy doing laundry).

Alas, you've got to do what you've got to do, and installing replacement brake pads on occasion is just part of car ownership. When that time comes, one of the main questions you may find yourself asking is: Are original equipment manufacturer (OEM) brakes better than aftermarket parts?

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Where to See 4th of July Fireworks Near Key West (2022)

4th of July Fireworks Near Key West


Ah, the Florida Keys! Manatee Cove. Mallory Square Boardwalk. Sailing, snorkeling and sunsets – oh, my! In addition to being one of the most beautiful destinations within driving distance of Miami, and the Keys also offer some of the best views of July 4th fireworks in South Florida. Scoot, walk or drive your MINI Cooper to any of these nearby events or locations this Independence Day, and you're destined to enjoy yourself.

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How to Buy a Used Car Online the Right Way

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With the advent of the internet, plus the exasperating effects of a global pandemic, shopping for used cars has changed dramatically. More people are kicking car dealerships to the curb and taking to the web to find a private seller for their ideal pre-owned vehicle. But should they be?

Allow us to help you navigate the sometimes-confusing process of finding and buying a used car on the internet. Compare these pros and cons of shopping at used car dealers and buying from private sellers.

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2023 MINI Cooper Electric vs. Nissan LEAF

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As we welcome a new electrified era of automotive innovation, many are left wondering which EV to buy. While electric cars aren’t entirely practical for, say, someone in rural Wyoming, they’re certainly an advantageous purchase for those who call urban landscapes like Miami home. And for those people, the smallest electric car wins.

Finding the best electric compact car usually comes down to price, and there are few EVs in the segment more affordable than the MINI Cooper Electric and the Nissan LEAF. Which one reigns supreme as a city-dwelling commuter car?

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