4. Premium brand, premium price
MINI markets itself as a premium brand, and they price their cars to match. Even a basic Cooper model with just 122 hp retails for $25,550, almost $2,000 than the more potent Miata. The MINI you want, with the fun engine, starts at $28,550 and comes equipped as you’d like for closer to $33k. While you can’t get any other European convertible for anywhere near that price, there certainly are a lot of drop-tops from elsewhere in the world for less.
Oh wait, there is another drop-top European sporty car. In fact, it’s also a MINI. And the MINI Convertible is a couple hundred dollars less.