Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

3 of 18
BACKNEXT
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
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
Find Your Next Car
More Galleries
Best-loved new cars of 2016 These cars are the most beloved among American drivers based on JD Power's annual survey of new vehicle buyers. More
This Indian university cranks out top-tier tech execs Many graduates from the Indian Institute of Technology have gone on to start and lead global tech companies. Here are a few of the most notable alums. More
Most valuable American car up for auction Carroll Shelby's own very first Shelby Cobra will be sold in August. It's almost certain to be the most valuable American car ever sold. More

Special Offer