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Every car you buy doesn't have to go to work with you.
Get rid of that formal business sedan on weekends and jump into something fun. Three top choices in three price ranges: BMW's Mini Cooper (below), Volkswagen's Cabrio GLX and the Lexus SC 430. Maneuvering in downtown traffic in these three head-turning, easy-to-park machines is a snap, and taking them on the open road clears away those workday cobwebs.
The $18,000 Mini, arriving from the United Kingdom in March, is the 2002 version of the cute little car that stole everyone's heart back in the 1960s. Retaining its cheerful spirit and mission of fitting four people as comfortably in a compact as possible, the new Mini is much more powerful, with 115 horsepower, and has a larger interior. A supercharged version provides 165 horsepower for an extra $3,000.
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