CNN Money has a great article listing 10 of the best new cars for first time buyers.

Of course, the MINI made the list, in convertible form no less.

>Sporting two more seats than a Mazda Miata and just about as much fun to drive, the Mini Cooper Convertible is for those who aren’t quite ready to leave childhood behind.

>Day to day, it’s easier to live with than a pure sports car, and even in its base version (shown here), it’ll put a smile on your face and on that of just about everyone else around.

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