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Just for Kicks Every car you buy doesn't have to go to work with you.

By Jill Amadio

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Get rid of that formal business sedan on weekends and jump intosomething fun. Three top choices in three price ranges: BMW'sMini Cooper (below), Volkswagen's Cabrio GLX and the Lexus SC430. Maneuvering in downtown traffic in these three head-turning,easy-to-park machines is a snap, and taking them on the open roadclears away those workday cobwebs.

The $18,000 Mini, arriving from the United Kingdom in March, isthe 2002 version of the cute little car that stole everyone'sheart back in the 1960s. Retaining its cheerful spirit and missionof fitting four people as comfortably in a compact as possible, thenew Mini is much more powerful, with 115 horsepower, and has alarger interior. A supercharged version provides 165 horsepower foran extra $3,000.

Weekend warriors who insist on having the wind in their hair canopt for the $22,300 Volkswagen Cabrio GLX. This convertible has apower-operated padded top and a defoggable rear glass window.Coming loaded with ABS brakes, remote locks, side-impact airbagsand a CD player, the Cabrio gets 31 mpg.

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