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Compact Car: Mini Cooper
2nd place: Volkswagen Jetta
3rd place: Mitsubishi Lancer

J.D. Power's APEAL tends to favor cars with a strong emotional attraction. Cars like the Mini Cooper certainly apply.

The Mini's quirky retro design carries over into an interior that features a speedometer the size of a pie mounted between the seats. Engineers at parent company BMW also gave the Mini ultra-responsive handling to match the eye-catching design.

"Owners really do find it fun to drive," said J.D. Power's David Sargent.

NEXT: Compact Sporty Car: Volkswagen GTI

Last updated July 17 2009: 12:46 PM ET
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